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    MONTREAL (Québec), Jan. 18 /CNW/ - Starting today, Bell Canada is
offering unlimited access to its dial-up Sympatico(TM) Internet service for
only $22.95 per month.  For new customers, this flat rate includes the
start-up CD ROM and a month of free online Web use.
    Sympatico clients can now surf the Web anytime and all the time. This
offer - one of the most competitive flat rates available - confirms Bell
Sympatico's leadership as Canada's number one Internet service provider.
    This new flat rate includes a free subscription to the Netlife magazine
and access to 24 hour-a day, seven-day-a-week assistance. Other rates for
Sympatico service remain unchanged:  $15.95 for 100 hours (FirstRate(TM)
customers) or 60 hours; and $9.95 for 15 hours (FirstRate customers) or 10
hours. FirstRate is the long distance savings plan offered by Bell Canada.
    Bell is committed to maintaining Sympatico's leadership position.  In
1999, Bell put some $180 million into the service to improve its technological
infrastructure - such as the necessary upgrades that allowed the company to
introduce Sympatico High Speed Edition(TM). It has also been active in the
development of new content such as its and its
soon-to-be-launched web sites.  During the past several weeks, Bell
has hired some 200 additional agents to assist customers and has spent $1.25
million on a new e-mail server and infrastructure that improve mail-handling
capacity by 50 per cent.
    Bell ActiMedia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bell Canada, Canada's
largest communications company. Bell ActiMedia is responsible for Bell's
Internet portal strategy and ISP business, as well as for providing e-commerce
solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, and database and directory
publishing in print and on the Internet.
    Operating for more than 80 years, Bell ActiMedia is also the owner of the
trademarked walking fingers logo and the brand name ``Yellow Pages'' across
Canada. Bell ActiMedia manages a customer base in Ontario and Québec of more
than 320,000 advertisers and a business database of more than 2.5 million
up-to-date, accurate listings available in print and through the Internet at
popular web destinations such as,,,
Qué, and through the at portal site.
    Bell Canada provides a full range of communications services to
customers, including wired and wireless local and long distance telephone
services, Internet access, high-speed data services and directories.  Bell
Canada, its telecom partners and subsidiaries provide services through 13.6
million access lines, including 11 million in Ontario and Québec.  Bell Canada
also serves more than 2.3 million wireless customers through Bell Mobility.
Bell Canada is 80% owned by BCE Inc. of Montréal and 20% owned by SBC
Communications Inc. of San Antonio, Texas.  Bell Canada's Internet Web site is
located at  News releases, speeches and background
information are in the Newsroom.  Our e-mail address is


For further information: Irene Shimoda, Bell Canada, Media Relations,
1 888 482-0809, (416) 581-3311, or Marie-Eve Savard,
Bell Canada Media Relations, 1 877-391-2007, (514) 391-2007,

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