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CONTEL CELLULAR ANNOUNCES THE SALE OF NORTHEASTERN CELLULAR PROPERTIES TO NYNEX MOBIL COMMUNICATION

 ATLANTA, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Contel Cellular (NASDAQ: CCXLA), today announced that it has signed a letter of intent whereby NYNEX Mobile Communications will purchase Contel Cellular's interests in its northeastern cellular properties.
 In making the announcement, Dennis Whipple, president and chief executive officer of Contel Cellular, said: "Contel Cellular remains dedicated to the continued development of the fast-growing cellular business and to the coordinated positioning of network systems that link calling areas in strategic clusters. These northeast properties do not fit that strategic cluster philosophy. As a results, we concluded that the disposal of these properties was in our best long-term interests."
 Included in the transaction are the Metropolitan Service Areas (MSAs) of Manchester, N.H.; Burlington, Vt.; Binghamton and Elmira, N.Y.; as well as Contel Cellular's minority interest in Poughkeepsie and Orange County, N.Y. Also included are Contel Cellular's interest in Rural Service Areas (RSAs) designated as New Hampshire No. 2; Vermont No. 1 and 2A; New York No. 2 and 3; and Pennsylvania No. 3A and 4A. The total Contel-owned POPs represented is approximately 1.2 million.
 The transaction is subject to execution of a definitive agreement and regulatory approvals. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
 Contel Cellular provides mobile and portable telephone services in 34 metropolitan markets in the United States. The company is a limited partner in 29 additional metropolitan markets and has ownership interest in 82 Rural Service areas. Based on total-market population or "POPs," Contel Cellular is the sixth-largest cellular telecommunications company in the United States, with interests in cellular systems representing some 23 million "POPs."
 Contel Cellular is a publicly traded company of which 90 percent of the outstanding shares are indirectly owned by GTE Corporation.
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 /CONTACT: J.W. Keller, 404-391-8358 or S. Asher, 404-804-3800, both of Contel Cellular/
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