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SouthernLINC Wireless Offers Hearing Aid Compatible Phones, Software for Visually Impaired; Four Mobile Phones and Software Now

Atlanta--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 1, 2005--SouthernLINC Wireless, a Southern Company (NYSE: SO), today announced the availability of four Motorola phones that are hearing aid compatible. The phones include the compact and versatile i760, the sleek i836, the i870 with a built-in Mp3 player and the multi-functional i850 camera phone. Each phone complements telephone-compatible hearing aids.

SouthernLINC Wireless announced it is also offering Enhancements for the Visually Impaired (EVI) software for Motorola's i355 phone. The software includes Text to Speech (TTS) playback of names, numbers and contact types as the user scrolls through the handset's phone book. Additionally, the phone plays back the word "calling" as the user makes a call and reads off information such as signal strength, battery level, date and time.

"We are extremely pleased to be able to offer a range of hearing aid compatible phones as well as software for our customers who are visually impaired," said Bob Dawson, president and CEO of SouthernLINC Wireless. "At SouthernLINC Wireless we are pleased to increase access to communications options with these multi-functional phones and software for those who need them."

The lightweight Motorola i836 combines the sophistication of a vibrant color screen and animated icon-driven menu, with the latest in customizable cellular technology capabilities including speakerphone, speech-activated dialing and GPS capability.

Available in a unique blue, the i760, comes with LINC View(SM) allowing pictures, My Info(R) contents, and other contact information to be instantly sent via the push-to-talk button(a). The phone also includes Java(TM) technology-enabled pre-loaded programs and games.

The i870, with a built-in Mp3 player and removable memory storage, offers the latest wireless technologies such as Bluetooth(TM) and advanced GPS tracking capabilities to provide even more flexibility in everyday communications.

The sleek i850 camera phone boasts a large color internal display, an updated Version 7 microbrowser, LINC View(SM)(a), GPS capability and many other functions.

About SouthernLINC Wireless

SouthernLINC Wireless, a Southern Company (NYSE: SO), is an Atlanta-based regional wireless carrier covering the major metro and rural areas in Alabama, Georgia, southeastern Mississippi and northwest Florida. SouthernLINC Wireless bundles multiple communication options into one phone including InstantLINC(SM) Mobile-to-Mobile, cellular service, text messaging, wireless Internet access and wireless data. More information about SouthernLINC Wireless can be obtained by calling 1-800-818-LINC (5462) or visiting the SouthernLINC Wireless Web site at www.southernlinc.com.

About Southern Company

With more than 4 million customers and nearly 39,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier super-regional energy company in the Southeast and a leading U.S. producer of electricity. Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states, a growing competitive generation company, an energy services business and a competitive retail natural gas business, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and retail electric prices that are 15 percent below the national average. Southern Company has been named three consecutive years No. 1 on Fortune magazine's "America's Most Admired Companies" list in the Electric and Gas Utility industry. Southern Company has been ranked the nation's top energy utility in the American Customer Satisfaction Index five years in a row. Southern Company has more than 500,000 shareholders, making its common stock one of the most widely held in the United States. Visit the Southern Company Web site at www.southerncompany.com.

Network and/or SIM card dependent feature, not available in all areas. Airtime, data charges, and/or additional charges may apply. PTT connectivity requires PTT compatible phones.

Certain mobile phone features may not be available throughout the entire network or their functionality may be limited. All features, functionality and other product specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.

MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners.

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