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AT&T CONTINUES TO DELIVER VIDEOPHONE TO CONSUMERS

 AT&T CONTINUES TO DELIVER VIDEOPHONE TO CONSUMERS
 PARSIPPANY, N.J., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- A Connecticut woman sees


her great-grandson in Florida the day after he's born. Wisconsin grade- school students visit face-to-face with the lieutenant governor without leaving their classroom. A woman undergoing cancer treatment in Portland, Ore., sees her children before they go to bed at night in New Jersey.
 "For the first time ever, people are communicating over the phone just like they do in person -- they're seeing each other while they talk," said Stephen M. Clemente, general manager of AT&T's videophone business unit.
 AT&T today announced that its Phone Centers have filled the thousands of orders placed for the AT&T VideoPhone (tm) 2500 -- the world's first full-color, motion videophone that works on existing phone lines. And, the company has started shipping the VideoPhone to other retail stores nationwide. By Christmas, the AT&T VideoPhone 2500 will be available in more than 1,000 retail locations.
 Next month, when the AT&T VideoPhone goes on sale in Canada, it will be the world's first consumer videophone with international availability.
 Retail locations that will sell the VideoPhone in the United States include selected outlets of Office Depot, Circuit City, Impulse, Dayton/Hudson, GTE, Cincinnati Bell, Sears and the Good Guys. The AT&T VideoPhone is in the Sears Wish Book and the Saks Fifth Avenue holiday catalog.
 "The AT&T VideoPhone is the forerunner of exciting future communications products -- just the kind of product our customers want," said Gary Schweikhart, public relations manager of Office Depot Inc., the largest chain of office product superstores in North America. "We're pleased to be one of the first retailers to offer it."
 The AT&T VideoPhone 2500 uses ordinary telephone lines, so video calls cost the same as voice-only calls. The standard-sized feature telephone has a screen and camera lens unit that tilts and swivels for convenient viewing. Callers see each other with the touch of a button and can end the video portion of the call with one touch. They can ensure privacy by closing the lens shutter at any time.
 The color video moves at up to 10 frames per second. At any time during a conversation, users can choose one of five settings, from one offering the fastest motion with synchronized sight and sound to another offering the sharpest picture.
 The video camera focus is optimized for ranges up to nine feet, so several people can be seen at once.
 "People who are buying the VideoPhone 2500 say they want to see, not just talk to, the people they care about," Clemente said. "Businesses see the benefit of communicating visually with remote offices and with customers.
 "AT&T intends to be the global leader in visual communications, and the VideoPhone is just one of many new video products and services we will be offering," he said.
 The AT&T VideoPhone 2500 is designed in the United States by AT&T Bell Laboratories and Compression Labs Inc., and it is produced in AT&T's Shreveport, La., factory.
 Discover magazine has awarded the AT&T VideoPhone 2500 the Discover Award for Technological Innovation. The VideoPhone was chosen over entries from companies such as Apple, Sony and Hewlett-Packard. The phone also won the Innovations '92 Design and Engineering Award at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year.
 AT&T currently is involved in international negotiations to make the VideoPhone 2500 available in countries in Europe and the Far East.
 The AT&T VideoPhone sells for $1,499 in Phone Centers and also is available for lease. Later this year people will be able to rent the VideoPhone at Phone Centers for $29.99 per day and use the VideoPhone in the store for a fee. For more information and retail locations, call 1-800-437-9504.
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 /CONTACT: Jo Johnston, 201-581-3905 (office) or 908-638-4547 (home), or Mike Zeaman, 201-581-3938 (office) 908-277-1105 (home), both of AT&T/
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