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NEW SERVICE WILL COMPLETE CALLS AUTOMATICALLY AFTER DIRECTORY ASSISTANCE LOCATES NUMBER

 NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- A convenient new service option that automatically will dial the number requested from Directory Assistance may be offered by New Jersey Bell as early as April, it was announced today by New Jersey Bell.
 Under a tariff filed by New Jersey Bell with the state Board of Regulatory Commissioners (BRC), Bell Atlantic's Connect ReQuest service would be phased in statewide by the end of the year. It offers customers the convenience of being connected directly to the telephone number they are requesting from Directory Assistance. With Connect ReQuest, a caller to Directory Assistance would first be given the number requested and would then hear a voice prompt suggesting that the call could be automatically dialed for an additional charge. The number would then be repeated.
 Callers electing to use the service would press the "1" key on a touch-tone phone and the call would be dialed. A 30-cent charge would be applied to the call, in addition to any other costs such as toll or message unit charges, if the tariff is approved by the BRC.
 "Customers consider it a convenience that saves them the time and trouble of redialing after a call to Directory Assistance," said Anne Kraus-Keenan, manager - tariff filings.
 Connect ReQuest was introduced by Bell Atlantic in Pennsylvania in 1990 and was subsequently offered in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
 Due to technical limitations, Connect ReQuest will not be offered to the following customers: hospitals, dormitories, cellular phones, hotel and motel lines, and others. Customers who prefer not to have the service available on their lines can request that the service be blocked.
 New Jersey Bell is one of seven telephone companies owned by Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE: BEL). Bell Atlantic is also the parent of one of the nation's largest cellular carriers and of companies that provide business systems services for customer-based information technology, including software, systems integration, hardware and software service and support, and financial services throughout the United States and internationally. In addition, Bell Atlantic International offers network services and consulting to telephone authorities throughout the world and, in conjunction with Ameritech, owns a majority interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Smith, 201-649-2720, or Jim Carrigan, 201-649-2279, both of New Jersey Bell/
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