Bell Atlantic to test new cellular system

May 06, 1992|By Leslie Cauley | Leslie Cauley,Staff Writer

Bell Atlantic Mobile Systems, the cellular arm of Bell Atlantic Corp., plans to test in Baltimore later this month a new technology that could make it easier to route calls to mobile phone customers as they travel from one service area to another.

The new technology would eliminate the need for customers to punch in special codes when driving between service areas to ensure that incoming calls reach them, said Karen Ann Kurlander, a spokeswoman for Philadelphia-based Bell Atlantic Mobile.

Most cellular customers driving from Baltimore to Philadelphia, for example, must dial a special code on their cellular phones to route incoming calls properly.

"Calls will hunt you down automatically" under the new system, Ms. Kurlander said.

The technology, developed by GTE Telecommunication Services, a division of GTE Corp., will be tested in Bell Atlantic's Baltimore and Washington cellular systems later this month. Bell Atlantic is working with GTE and AT&T Network Systems, a division of American Telephone & Telegraph Co., to test the technology.

About 100 Bell Atlantic vehicles will be involved in the monthlong trial. Ms. Kurlander said she didn't know when the technology might be made available to the public.

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