NYNEX Corporation (pronounced Nine-x) was a telephone company which served five New England states (Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) as well as New York. Formed January 1, 1984 as a result of the Bell System Divestiture, NYNEX was a Regional Bell operating company made up of former AT&T subsidiaries New York Telephone Company and New England Telephone. Hence, the name NYNEX stood for New York/New England, with the X representing the unknown future (or "the uneXpected"), according to advertising material , but the X is also widely believed to mean eXchange. Bell Atlantic bought NYNEX on August 14, 1997 in what was, at the time, the second largest merger in American corporate history. The corporate headquarters was moved from Philadelphia to New York City. On June 30 2000, Bell Atlantic acquired GTE to form Verizon Communications.
NYNEX is now known as Verizon's "Northeast Bureau".
NYNEX also operated cable television and telephone services in the United Kingdom, with offices in Waterlooville (Hampshire), Baguley (Manchester), Shoreham-by-Sea (East Sussex), and Leatherhead (Surrey). In 1997, the UK assets of NYNEX were merged with the Cable & Wireless subsidiary Mercury Communications and cable operators Vidéotron and Bell Cablemedia, and renamed as Cable & Wireless Communications. Cable & Wireless's cable assets were sold to NTL in 2000. On 8 February 2007, NTL rebranded as Virgin Media.
NYNEX Customers Find Changing Telephone Companies Can Be Difficult.(Originated from The Providence Journal-Bulletin, R.I.)
Mar 04, 1997; PROVIDENCE, R.IMar. 4--When David Wilkner was considering switching his business phone from Nynex to a new competitor,...