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GTE MOBILNET CELLULAR CUSTOMERS CAN NOW CALL *FILM TO FIND MOVIE SHOWTIMES, THEATER INFORMATION AND ADVANCE TICKET SALES

 GTE MOBILNET CELLULAR CUSTOMERS CAN NOW CALL *FILM TO FIND
 MOVIE SHOWTIMES, THEATER INFORMATION AND ADVANCE TICKET SALES
 PLEASANTON, Calif., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- GTE Mobilnet has signed an exclusive agreement with MovieFone, the telephone movie guide that offers movie showtimes, theater locations and advance ticket sales by credit card, that enables cellular customers in the Bay Area to access MovieFone by dialing *FILM (*3-4-5-6) from their GTE Mobilnet cellular phones. MovieFone is provided as a free service although standard airtime rates do apply. To promote the introduction of this service, GTE Mobilnet is offering customers the use of *FILM free of airtime charges through Feb. 29, 1992.
 GTE Mobilnet is the only cellular carrier in Northern California able to offer its subscribers the opportunity to call MovieFone using the abbreviated dialing pattern, *FILM. GTE Mobilnet subscribers will be able to access up-to-the-minute information on where and when all movies are playing in an 11-country area, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Salinas, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, Napa and Vallejo. Callers will also have the option to purchase movie tickets in advance using their credit cards (when purchasing tickets, callers are charged a $1 per ticket service fee).
 "GTE Mobilnet is committed to providing the best and most convenient time-saving services to its customers," said Tony Frank, California area general manager for GTE Mobilnet. "We realize that many of our subscribers simply don't have the time to scan a paper or call a theater directly. *FILM is the quickest and easiest way to find out where and when a movie is playing, especially when you are on the road."
 "We are very pleased to be working with GTE Mobilnet in California," said Andrew Jarecki, managing director of MovieFone. "We are always searching for ways to make moviegoing easier and being able to provide *FILM to GTE Mobilnet subscribers is a natural extension of this."
 *FILM is the newest addition to a family of enhanced services offered exclusively to GTE Mobilnet cellular customers.
 GTE Mobilnet Pacific Region -- the only cellular provider to service all 11 Bay Area counties as a single carrier -- owns and operates the largest, toll-free cellular network in Northern California. As the first company to initiate cellular service in the San Francisco Bay Area (April 1985), the company provides more than 10,000 square miles of toll-free cellular coverage, including cellular service for Northern California's emergency freeway call boxes.
 GTE Mobilnet is a wholly owned subsidiary of GTE Corp. GTE also owns 90 percent of the outstanding shares of Contel Cellular Inc. and through these entities, GTE is the second-largest cellular provider in the United States, serving more than 50 million POPs (POPs refers to the population of an area multiplied by the company's percentage ownership in the cellular system serving the area).
 GTE is a world leader in its three core businesses -- telecommunications, lighting and precision materials. Its combined revenues and sales in 1990 were $21.4 billion with net income of $1.7 billion.
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 /CONTACT: June Delaney of GTE Mobilnet, 510-416-3757 or 415-385-3484 (mobile)/ CO: GTE Mobilnet ST: California IN: TLS SU: PDT


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