Four PCS carriers offer roaming between GSM networks.
Lyndon Daniels, president and CEO of Pacific Bell Mobile Services and chairperson of GSM North America, said the new roaming services demonstrate the rapidly expanding availability of PCS, or personal communications services, in the United States.
"This is just the beginning of what will become a nationwide network," he said. "GSM is sweeping across the nation faster than anyone expected. GSM-based PCS networks will soon reach coast to coast, as well as around the world."
Roaming currently is available between the following areas:
Charlotte, Hickory, Gastonia, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, Asheville, Burlington, Wilmington and Fayetteville, N.C.; Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Columbia, Florence, Charleston and Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Knoxville, Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City, Tenn.
Carrier: BellSouth Mobility DCS
New York City
San Diego, Los Angeles County and Orange County, Calif.; and Las Vegas
Carrier: Pacific Bell Mobile Services
Oahu and Maui, Hawaii (Salt Lake City, Ogden and Provo, Utah; Portland and Salem, Ore.; and Vancouver, Wash., available early December)
Carrier: Western Wireless (VoiceStream Wireless)
GSM-based PCS systems currently are operating in 29 North American markets. Customers will be able to use their PCS phones in other cities as additional GSM digital networks are deployed. Areas that will be added later this year or in the first half of 1997 include: Anniston, Birmingham, Dothan, Florence, Gadsden, Huntsville, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa, Ala.; San Francisco; Denver; Washington, D.C.; Gainesville, Jacksonville, Panama City, St. Augustine, Tallahassee, Tampa and Orlando, Fla.; Brunswick, Ga.; Hilo, Hawaii; Boise, Idaho; Baltimore and surrounding areas of Maryland; Detroit; Jackson, Meridian and Tupelo, Miss.; Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M.; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma; Jackson and Memphis, Tenn.; Dallas and Houston and El Paso, Texas; parts of Virginia; and western Wisconsin.
In the United States and Canada, carriers that have selected GSM technology hold licenses covering more than 225 million people. Additional Federal Communications Commission auctions for PCS licenses could further expand GSM coverage in the United States.
The number of U.S. GSM customers already exceeds 200,000, with 26 million customers worldwide in 105 countries. By the year 2000, GSM subscribers are predicted to reach 150 million worldwide, representing 50 percent of all wireless subscribers.
CONTACT: BellSouth Mobility DCS
Kristie Madara, 404/841-2074
John Grotland, 201/257-2453
Pacific Bell Mobile Services
Linda Bonniksen, 213/975-5061
Caroline Boren, 206/313-7877