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A+ COMMUNICATIONS, BELL ATLANTIC MOBILE SIGN AGREEMENT ON SELLING OF PAGERS IN THE CAROLINAS

 NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- A+ Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACOM) announced today that Bell Atlantic Mobile will provide paging communications services in North and South Carolina to its customers using the paging networks of A+ Communications.
 "This agreement with Bell Atlantic Mobile is further testimony to our commitment to be a leader in providing paging services throughout the Carolinas," said Elliott H. Singer, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of A+.
 Starting in mid-November, Bell Atlantic Mobile will sell pagers to retail customers in nine of its Communications Stores in the Carolinas.
 "This positions Bell Atlantic Mobile as the only carrier to offer one-stop shopping for people who want the greatest choices in anywhere, anytime communications solutions," said Jack Plating, Bell Atlantic Mobile's regional vice president-Southeast. "The 'one-two' punch of paging and cellular can help nearly everyone increase their productivity and accessibility."
 By combining paging and cellular with services like Bell Atlantic Mobile Messenger voice mail, Bell Atlantic Mobile customers have more control over their communications. Plating illustrated this point with the example of a customer who is away from his cellular telephone. A call to the cellular phone would go automatically to the Mobile Messenger service and the pager would alert the customer of his message in voice mail. Plating also emphasized that Bell Atlantic Mobile will be the only company in the area to offer a single easy-to-read invoice to itemize all cellular and paging charges.
 Both paging and cellular service are growing in popularity with business and personal users, and are key components in the evolution toward personal communication solutions. For example, with paging and cellular, a real estate agent could show a house to one family and be paged by another customer who wants to buy; then quickly return the call on a cellular phone. Or, a pregnant woman could page her husband when the baby is one the way. Then, the husband or wife could use a cellular phone to call ahead to alert the doctor.
 "We believe the market for cellular and paging services is large from the standpoint of both business and personal use," said Plating. "With the addition of paging, Bell Atlantic Mobile will be the total wireless solution provider in this area."
 Since 1985, the number of pagers in service has grown from 3.5 million to 14 million, while 13 million cellular telephones have been activated since their introduction in 1983.
 Bell Atlantic Mobile's cellular operations constitute the largest cellular carrier on the East Coast and one of the largest cellular carriers in North America, serving a total population of 35 million. Bell Atlantic Mobile provides cellular service and equipment in Washington, and 15 states throughout New England, the mid-Atlantic, the Carolinas, and the Southwest. Headquartered in Bedminster, N.J., the cellular communications divisions are subsidiaries of Philadelphia-based Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE: BEL).
 A+ Communications, headquartered in Nashville, is a regional provider of paging, mobile communications and telemessaging services through 31 offices operating in eight states throughout the Southeast.
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 /CONTACT: Elliott H. Singer of A+ Communications, 615-385-4500/
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