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 KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Amoco, one of the world's largest petroleum and chemical concerns, has moved its "800" service lines to Sprint, Sprint announced today.
 The Chicago-based oil giant took advantage of a new legal right to change long distance carriers without losing access to a key phone number used by members of the Amoco Motor Club -- 1-800-START UP. Before the dawn of what the Federal Communications Commission calls "800 portability," Amoco was tied to the carrier with that 800-START UP number.
 The new three-year deal is conservatively valued at more than $6 million.
 The Amoco Motor Club, one of the nation's largest, maintains its Customer Service Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Members dial the special 800 number whenever they need assistance, such as requesting roadside service when their cars break down.
 Amoco also maintains other 800 lines for the Motor Club -- for example, for owners of Lexus automobiles and members of the American Association of Retired Persons -- and for such things as billing queries by customers of the Amoco gas credit card.
 "Amoco is a perfect example of a major corporation that has always understood the benefits of competition among suppliers, but was artificially locked in when it came to telecommunications services," noted Kevin E. Brauer, the president of Sprint's Business Market Group. "Thanks to the elimination of those artificial barriers in the 800 marketplace, we had a chance to demonstrate what we could do."
 The FCC injected competition into the 800 industry last May 1 by allowing customers to move their numbers to a different carrier without giving them up. Thus, for the first time, a company that had devoted much time and money to publicizing a particular 800 number could shop for the best service. The decision has opened up to competition a fast- growing $7.5 billion a year industry.
 Amoco is one of the world's leading petroleum and chemical companies, operating in more than 40 foreign nations. The largest owner of natural gas reserves in the United States, Amoco also markets about 6 percent of the nation's refined petroleum products a year and ranks in the top echelon of crude oil and natural gas producers.
 Sprint is a diversified international telecommunications company with more than $10 billion in annual revenues and the United States' only nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network. Its divisions provide global long distance voice, data and video products and services, local telephone services to more than 6 million subscriber lines in 19 states, and cellular operations that serve 42 major metropolitan areas and more than 50 rural service areas.
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 /CONTACTS: Norman Black, 404-859-6096 or home, 404-578-0679, or Rick Johnson, 404-859-6095 or home, 404-421-8820 both of Sprint/

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