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NEW MCI ADS BRING LEGENDARY TV CAST TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME; ANNOUNCING MCI'S MOST FAMOUS FRIENDS & FAMILY CALLING CIRCLE

 WASHINGTON, July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Eight talents from one of television's most legendary sci-fi programs are joined in a new endeavor -- creating the ultimate Friends & Family Calling Circle in MCI's newest commercial which debuts on network and cable television today.
 Among those reunited in the new ads are: William Shatner, Deforest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig and Jonathan Frakes. The commercial marks the first time the original TV cast has worked together in an advertising campaign.
 "What better way to demonstrate how versatile Friends & Family is than to connect these long-time friends," said Angela Dunlap, senior vice president of marketing and communications for MCI Consumer Markets. "These new ads explain how customers can stay connected and save money with Friends & Family," Dunlap adds.
 An extension of MCI's current advertising campaign targeting residential customers, the 30- and 60-second new spots feature MCI employees explaining the benefits of Friends & Family. In addition to this legendary Calling Circle, other new ads in this campaign use real- life families describing the benefits of Friends & Family, such as the Bobbitt family of Illinois, Virginia, Minnesota and Washington state.
 The advertisement was developed by Messner Vetere Berger McNamee Schmetterer/Euro RSCG.
 This new Calling Circle joins the plus 10 million people who have joined MCI's Friends & Family since the program was introduced in March, 1991. MCI's Friends & Family offers customers an additional 20 percent savings on all long distance calls to other MCI customers who are members of their Calling Circle.
 MCI, headquartered in Washington, is the nation's fastest growing carrier of international traffic. MCI offers consumers savings and superior customer service through a number of innovative global products and services including: Friends & Family, the MCI VideoPhone, 1-800- COLLECT, MCI HomeConnect, MCI Friends Around The World, MCI Call USA, and the MCI Card.
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 /CONTACT: Kate Fralin or Su-Lin Cheng of MCI, 800-436-9749/
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