SOURCE: D & E Communications, Inc.

July 05, 2005 10:12 ET

D & E Communications Expands VoIP Calling Service Availability in Central Pennsylvania

Jazzd Phone Service for Broadband Now Offers Local Numbers in State College, Bellefonte, Altoona and Williamsport

EPHRATA, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 5, 2005 -- D&E Communications (NASDAQ: DECC) has expanded the availability of its Jazzd Phone Service for Broadband in central Pennsylvania, adding local phone numbers in the State College, Bellefonte, Altoona and Williamsport markets.

Using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, Jazzd Phone offers unlimited local and domestic long distance calling, enhanced 911 service, the ability to receive and forward voice mail messages through e-mail, a website to control custom calling features, and D&E's own telemarketing call blocking service -- all for $29.99 per month.

Jazzd Phone is available to households that have high-speed Internet service. By plugging a D&E Jazzd Phone Adapter into a DSL or cable modem, customers can use their regular telephone to make and receive calls over their broadband Internet connection. The voice signal is converted to a digital signal that travels over the Internet.

Recognizing the importance of emergency calling, D&E has established enhanced 911 service with 14 counties in its target market in central Pennsylvania. Subscribers in these counties will be connected with their local Public Safety Answering Point when they call 911, and they also can set up an enhanced feature to provide their address to the PSAP when they call. This can allow emergency dispatchers to identify the phone's registered location if a 911 caller is unable to speak -- an advantage not available with many VoIP services.

D&E launched Jazzd Phone Service for Broadband in late April, with local phone numbers initially available in Lancaster, York, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, Berks and Montgomery counties. It recently added local numbers for State College, Bellefonte, Altoona and Williamsport. For more information, visit www.jazzdphone.com or call 1-877-905-2993.

D&E is an integrated communications provider offering high-speed data, Internet access, local and long distance telephone, VoIP phone, voice and data network installation and maintenance, network performance management and security, and video services. Based in Lancaster County, D&E has been serving communities in central Pennsylvania for more than 100 years. For more information, visit www.decommunications.com.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements. These statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of D&E's management concerning the development of our business, are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks, uncertainties, and other important factors that could cause actual developments and results to differ materially from our expectations. These include factors that we have indicated could adversely affect our business and financial performance contained in our past and future filings and reports, including those filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. D&E undertakes no obligation to revise or update its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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