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AT&T ANNOUNCES THE ADDITION OF 12 COUNTRIES TO ITS INTERNATIONAL DIRECT DIAL SERVICE

            AT&T ANNOUNCES THE ADDITION OF 12 COUNTRIES TO
               ITS INTERNATIONAL DIRECT DIAL SERVICE
    MORRISTOWN, N.J., Nov. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T (NYSE: T) today announced it will be adding 12 new countries to its international direct dial service beginning Nov. 30.  The service will be available from the United States mainland, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
    The 12 countries include the African countries of Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea- Bissau, Madagascar, Palau, Sao Tome, plus the South Atlantic island St. Helena and the Falkland Islands.  Additionally, direct dial service to Albania will be made available from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
    Currently, customers can only reach these countries with the assistance of an operator.  By dialing a call directly rather than using an operator, callers are connected more quickly and easily and at a lower cost.
    "AT&T is continually working to make international long distance calling as easy and convenient as possible.  The introduction of direct dial service to these countries is yet another step in that process," said Margaret J. Barrett, director, international consumer services.
    AT&T first introduced international long distance service in January 1927 with operator assisted service between New York and London only. At the time, a 3-minute call to London cost $75.00.  Today, a 3-minute, direct dialed call to the United Kingdom using the Reach Out World plan costs $1.77.
    International direct dialing began with service to the United Kingdom in 1970.  With this addition, AT&T offers service to over 250 countries and areas worldwide, 190 of which can be dialed directly. AT&T completes more than one billion international calls each year.
    Previously, the most recent country to obtain direct dial service was Armenia.  In October, AT&T celebrated the inauguration of the service with a conference call between Yerevan, Armenia, New York and Los Angeles.  It is the first time direct dial service has been available in a Soviet Republic.
    Customers who have questions on how to call these countries or who need general information on AT&T international prices and dialing may call 1-800-874-4000, ext. 197.
        -0-     11/25/91
    /CONTACT: Scott Horne of AT&T, 201-644-1581, or (home) 201-455-0060/
    (T) CO:  AT&T ST:  New Jersey IN:  TLS SU:  PDT KD-SB -- NY066 -- 7000 11/25/91 16:08 EST
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