SBC Pacific Bell Launches Packages of Discounted Cingular Wireless with Local Service Combined on a Single Bill

Customers Can Sign Up for Cingular Wireless Plans -- Including Some with Rollover Minutes -- DISH Programming and Reduced Pricing on Popular Package

California, San Antonio, Texas, August 26, 2002

In response to customer demand for greater choice, value and convenience in communications services, SBC Pacific Bell today introduced packages that combine local wireline service with discounted Cingular Wireless plans on a single bill. Customers also can sign up for DISH Network satellite programming through SBC, providing a one-stop shopping experience for their communications and entertainment services.

Qualified, existing SBC Pacific Bell customers who have local toll service or a package from SBC and agree to receiving a combined bill for their local and wireless service, can sign up for new Cingular Wireless service through SBC Pacific Bell and receive a 10 percent discount off some of Cingular's newest local wireless plans. Among the Cingular plans eligible for the 10% discount is a new local wireless plan with nationwide long distance, which provides the option of rollover minutes, allowing customers to carry unused minutes from one month to the next. SBC Pacific Bell customers who prefer a national wireless plan may qualify for a 5 percent discount. Qualifying plans start at $29.99, and customers will receive one bill including both wireless and local phone charges.

Also, through Nov. 15, SBC Pacific Bell customers who sign up for the company's popular Value Solution package (Flat Rate Service, Caller ID and two additional phone features) will pay $19.95 for their first two months of service, a $2 discount from the regular monthly price of $21.95. In addition, customers who sign up for Value Solution also can receive a corded Caller ID phone.*

"SBC now offers the broadest portfolio of communications choices with our customers' lifestyles and needs in mind," said Frank Mona, executive director, channel delivery, SBC Pacific Bell. "We know our customers want value in offers and services that are relevant to their communications habits, and these new options are aimed at making it easier to manage all their communications and entertainment services."

SBC plans to introduce discounted options pairing high-speed DSL Internet access and satellite programming from DISH Network in the near future, as the company works to develop additional new service options.

In addition to Value Solution, SBC provides a wide array of package options that fulfill most consumers' needs with compelling combinations of local service, call management features such as Caller ID, and the option to add on high-speed DSL service or dial-up Internet access.

To learn more about SBC packages and to sign up for discounted plans, customers can call 1-800-310-BELL (2355) or visit

*Rates are higher in extended area service exchanges. Regular retail price of Corded Caller ID phone is $19.95. Customer bills will show both a charge for that amount and an offsetting credit. Customers are responsible for shipping and handling fees and applicable taxes. Offer valid while limited supplies last.

NOTE: Cingular Wireless discounts available to SBC Pacific Bell package or Solutions or local toll customers and qualified new Cingular Wireless subscribers.

SBC Ameritech is a company of SBC Communications Inc. (, a global communications leader. is one of the world's leading data, voice and Internet services providers. Through its world-class network and its subsidiaries' trusted brands - SBC Southwestern Bell, SBC Ameritech, SBC Pacific Bell, SBC Nevada Bell, SBC SNET and Sterling Commerce - SBC companies provide a full range of voice, data, networking and e-business services, as well as directory advertising and publishing. A Fortune 27 company, America's leading provider of high-speed DSL Internet Access services, and one of the nation's leading Internet Service Providers, SBC companies currently serve nearly 60 million access lines nationwide. In addition, SBC owns 60 percent of America's second largest wireless company -- Cingular Wireless -- which serves more than 21 million wireless customers. Internationally, SBC has telecommunications investments in 28 countries.