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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | December 19, 1995
Bell Atlantic Corp. and Nynex Corp. remained coy about reports yesterday that they are holding merger talks, but telephone industry analysts said that if a massive federal telecommunications bill becomes law, such a combination is all but inevitable.The Wall Street Journal, citing unidentified executives, reported that officials of the two companies were meeting to explore plans for such a merger, including the tricky question of who would run a combined company. The newspaper said no final decision has been made on a merger, and there were no signs that an agreement was imminent.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | July 22, 1997
PHILADELPHIA -- Bell Atlantic Corp. and Nynex Corp. have agreed to conditions set by federal regulators in an effort to gain approval for Bell Atlantic's $23.7 billion purchase of Nynex.Federal Communications Commission Chairman Reed Hundt said yesterday that the agreement will clear the way for FCC approval, the last hurdle to the merger announced in April 1996.The companies said they expect the FCC to vote on the acquisition Monday.The agreement is expected to remove any concerns investors may have had that the transaction wouldn't be completed, said Tom Burnett, an analyst at Merger Insight.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | July 1, 1995
As Bell Atlantic Mobile and Nynex Wireless consummated their long-planned merger today, their cellular telephone customers were in line to catch a few bouquets.Cellular industry analysts say the merger of the two subsidiaries of regional Bell companies will set off a new flurry of price competition in the fiercely contested Washington-Boston corridor.First announced on June 30, 1994, the merger was completed at 12:01 a.m. today.Gary N. Schulman, regional vice president for Bell Atlantic Mobile in Baltimore-Washington, said the new Bell Atlantic Nynex Mobile will soon have an announcement of moves with a "positive impact" on its customers.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1997
The army of wireless telephone towers advancing on Baltimore County neighborhoods has triggered complaints from residents -- and a warning from County Council members.A council resolution urges a temporary moratorium on permits for new towers where some already exist, a measure designed to push phone companies to use existing structures.The resolution that passed unanimously Monday night has no legal force. Still, it worries lawyers for wireless phone companies who know that new zoning restrictions in the county might be on the horizon.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | July 11, 1995
Bell Atlantic Nynex Mobile, the newly combined wireless affiliate of two regional Bell companies, said yesterday that it would slash its "roaming" rates for subscribers using their cell phones outside their home region.The company, formed July 1 out of the merger of Bell Atlantic Mobile and Nynex Mobile, said it would eliminate all daily roaming charges through an area that stretches from Maine to Fredericksburg, Va. In addition, it cut the per-minute charge for roaming within the region from 75-99 cents to a consistent 59 cents through the region.
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By Gary Gately and Gary Gately,SUN STAFF | December 20, 1995
W. B. Doner & Co., the Baltimore-based advertising giant, has lost its $12 million-a-year Bell Atlantic Nynex Mobile account as a result of the mobile phone company's move to consolidate all its advertising with one firm.Bell Atlantic Nynex, based in Bedminster, N.J., had divided annual advertising among four agencies, including Doner's Baltimore office.But after a two-month review, the joint cellular phone venture created last summer by Bell Atlantic and Nynex selected Bozell Worldwide in New York to handle the entire account.
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By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,SUN STAFF | September 13, 1996
Bell Atlantic Nynex Mobile said yesterday that it will cut cellular phone service prices by about 20 percent in a plan to cut and simplify cellular bills in response to new competition.Bell Atlantic Nynex says it is the largest cellular carrier in the nation with about 4 million users, and it is one of two major cellular firms in the Baltimore-Washington market.But Sprint Spectrum, a joint venture of the long-distance firm and several cable television companies, shook up the Baltimore-Washington wireless phone market with last year's introduction of Personal Communications Services, a technology very similar to cellular.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | March 15, 1996
You've seen them. You've probably swerved to avoid them. They're the folks pushing buttons on their cellular phones as they merge into heavy traffic on the Beltway.Today, Bell Atlantic Nynex Mobile will begin offering Baltimore customers a solution that could keep more drivers' hands on their steering wheels and off their phones. It's a service called TalkDial, available for $3.99 a month with unlimited calling.The innovative voice recognition program will either dial a number that the user dictates into the phone or call a preprogrammed number using an instruction, such as "Call Mom."
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By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,SUN STAFF | January 21, 1997
The battle for Baltimore's cellular phone market is going increasingly digital, with the area's largest cellular carrier announcing today that it will begin offering service based on digital technology.Bell Atlantic Nynex Mobile said it will offer the digital service as an alternative to traditional cellular, which uses analog technologies much more prone to static interruption and -- as the speaker of the House can attest -- to wiretapping.Competitors and analysts said Bell Atlantic had little choice: the entry of Sprint Spectrum's all-digital Personal Communications Service (PCS)
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1997
The army of wireless telephone towers advancing on Baltimore County neighborhoods has triggered complaints from residents -- and a warning from County Council members.A council resolution urges a temporary moratorium on permits for new towers where some already exist, a measure designed to push phone companies to use existing structures.The resolution that passed unanimously Monday night has no legal force. Still, it worries lawyers for wireless phone companies who know that new zoning restrictions in the county might be on the horizon.
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By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,SUN STAFF | January 21, 1997
The battle for Baltimore's cellular phone market is going increasingly digital, with the area's largest cellular carrier announcing today that it will begin offering service based on digital technology.Bell Atlantic Nynex Mobile said it will offer the digital service as an alternative to traditional cellular, which uses analog technologies much more prone to static interruption and -- as the speaker of the House can attest -- to wiretapping.Competitors and analysts said Bell Atlantic had little choice: the entry of Sprint Spectrum's all-digital Personal Communications Service (PCS)
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By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,SUN STAFF | October 2, 1996
AT&T Corp. will unveil plans today to vastly expand its place in the wireless telephone business, including its blueprint to extend personal communications service (PCS) to the Baltimore-Washington area by mid-1997.The AT&T Wireless service will join conventional cellular carriers Bell Atlantic Nynex Mobile and Cellular One, and PCS carrier Sprint Spectrum in the local wireless market. But Chris Landes, a consultant at TeleChoice Inc. in Verona, N.J., said AT&T's new TTC service would shake up the business more than the numbers alone would suggest.
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By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,SUN STAFF | September 13, 1996
Bell Atlantic Nynex Mobile said yesterday that it will cut cellular phone service prices by about 20 percent in a plan to cut and simplify cellular bills in response to new competition.Bell Atlantic Nynex says it is the largest cellular carrier in the nation with about 4 million users, and it is one of two major cellular firms in the Baltimore-Washington market.But Sprint Spectrum, a joint venture of the long-distance firm and several cable television companies, shook up the Baltimore-Washington wireless phone market with last year's introduction of Personal Communications Services, a technology very similar to cellular.
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By Gary Gately and Gary Gately,SUN STAFF | May 18, 1996
W. B. Doner & Co., the Baltimore ad agency that helped shape Bell Atlantic Nynex Mobile's image with the slogan "A mobile phone is only as good as the system it's on," now turns its creative efforts to a Chicago-based cellular company poised for major growth.Doner's announcement yesterday that it won the $25 million-a-year United States Cellular Corp. account came less than six months after the agency lost its $12 million annual share of Bell Atlantic advertising after nine years.In December, the agency lost out to New York-based Bozell Worldwide in the bid to become the sole advertising agency for Bell Atlantic Nynex Mobile, a New Jersey-based cellular phone venture created in 1995 by the merger of Bell Atlantic Mobile and Nynex Wireless.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | April 23, 1996
If bigger is better in the brave new world of telecommunications, the "merger of equals" announced yesterday by Bell Atlantic Corp. and Nynex Corp. will give the combined company the clout to take on AT&T or anyone else in the business.With their announcement yesterday, the two companies launched the nation's second-largest telecommunications company -- a corporate colossus with 134,000 employees and an iron grip on a region that Nynex Chairman Ivan Seidenberg called "the most lucrative market on the face of the Earth."
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | March 15, 1996
You've seen them. You've probably swerved to avoid them. They're the folks pushing buttons on their cellular phones as they merge into heavy traffic on the Beltway.Today, Bell Atlantic Nynex Mobile will begin offering Baltimore customers a solution that could keep more drivers' hands on their steering wheels and off their phones. It's a service called TalkDial, available for $3.99 a month with unlimited calling.The innovative voice recognition program will either dial a number that the user dictates into the phone or call a preprogrammed number using an instruction, such as "Call Mom."
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By Gary Gately and Gary Gately,SUN STAFF | May 18, 1996
W. B. Doner & Co., the Baltimore ad agency that helped shape Bell Atlantic Nynex Mobile's image with the slogan "A mobile phone is only as good as the system it's on," now turns its creative efforts to a Chicago-based cellular company poised for major growth.Doner's announcement yesterday that it won the $25 million-a-year United States Cellular Corp. account came less than six months after the agency lost its $12 million annual share of Bell Atlantic advertising after nine years.In December, the agency lost out to New York-based Bozell Worldwide in the bid to become the sole advertising agency for Bell Atlantic Nynex Mobile, a New Jersey-based cellular phone venture created in 1995 by the merger of Bell Atlantic Mobile and Nynex Wireless.
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By Timothy J. Mullaney and Timothy J. Mullaney,SUN STAFF | October 2, 1996
AT&T Corp. will unveil plans today to vastly expand its place in the wireless telephone business, including its blueprint to extend personal communications service (PCS) to the Baltimore-Washington area by mid-1997.The AT&T Wireless service will join conventional cellular carriers Bell Atlantic Nynex Mobile and Cellular One, and PCS carrier Sprint Spectrum in the local wireless market. But Chris Landes, a consultant at TeleChoice Inc. in Verona, N.J., said AT&T's new TTC service would shake up the business more than the numbers alone would suggest.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | January 24, 1996
Buoyed by soaring growth at its cellular phone affiliate, Bell Atlantic Corp. yesterday reported strong profits for the fourth quarter of 1995 and a record earnings increase for the full year.The Philadelphia-based telephone company said its profits for the three months ended Dec. 31 were $391.9 million, a 24 percent increase over the 314.9 million it earned in the same period in 1994.Per-share earnings rose to 89 cents a share from 72 cents a year earlier.Adjusted to exclude a debt refinancing charge, the company's operating results came in at 90 cents a share -- slightly more than the consensus of analysts' estimates.
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By Gary Gately and Gary Gately,SUN STAFF | December 20, 1995
W. B. Doner & Co., the Baltimore-based advertising giant, has lost its $12 million-a-year Bell Atlantic Nynex Mobile account as a result of the mobile phone company's move to consolidate all its advertising with one firm.Bell Atlantic Nynex, based in Bedminster, N.J., had divided annual advertising among four agencies, including Doner's Baltimore office.But after a two-month review, the joint cellular phone venture created last summer by Bell Atlantic and Nynex selected Bozell Worldwide in New York to handle the entire account.
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