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BellSouth Mobility DCS Customers Can Now Use Digital Mobile Phones in Major Cities Across U.S.

Company Offers Roaming at 45 Cents Per Minute Nationwide

ATLANTA, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- BellSouth Mobility DCS customers can now take their DCS phones with them while traveling outside the Carolinas and Eastern Tennessee and pay one low per minute rate of 45 cents for local calls. The company announced today that its customers can now use their DCS phones when traveling to cities where Omnipoint Communications, Inc., Pacific Bell Mobile Systems, and Western Wireless operate digital wireless communications networks also utilizing the GSM technology standard.

Those cities include New York City and Newark, New Jersey; San Diego, California; and Honolulu, Hawaii.

"Our customers already have the benefit of a large regional service area where they pay a low per minute rate for all calls," said Eric Ensor, president of BellSouth Mobility DCS. "Through our agreements with other GSM companies, we are now able to offer our customers the freedom to travel outside of the Carolinas and Eastern Tennessee and use their DCS phones for only 45 cents per minute -- a savings of up to 50 percent over current cellular roaming rates."

When using their phones outside of the DCS region, customers simply make and receive calls just as they do at home, with no special codes to remember. Customers will automatically receive calls while traveling in any of these cities as long as their phone is turned on. Otherwise callers will be able to leave a voice mail that customers can retrieve at their convenience.

"Now our customers can count on the quality, clarity and security of an all-digital network that they have come to expect in our region when traveling to other cities," added Ensor. "This is just the beginning of what will become a nationwide network in the coming months."

Customers will be able to use their phones in other cities as additional GSM digital networks come on line. Cities that will be added in the first part of 1997 include Jackson and Memphis, Tennessee; Anniston, Birmingham, Dothan, Florence, Gadsden, Huntsville, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Gainesville, Jacksonville, Panama City, St. Augustine, Tallahassee, Tampa and Orlando, Florida; Jackson, Meridian, and Tupelo, Mississippi; Brunswick, Georgia; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore and surrounding areas of Maryland, as well as parts of Virginia; Los Angeles and San Francisco, California; Denver, Colorado; Dallas and Houston, Texas; Detroit, Michigan; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Poland, Oregon; Salt Lake City, Utah; Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico; Las Vegas, Nevada; Hilo, Hawaii; and Western Wisconsin.

BellSouth Mobility DCS launched its digital communications service in July 1996 in an area of more than 12 million people.

The company is a subsidiary of BellSouth Corporation, (NYSE: BLS) the world's wireless leader. The company operates its digital communications network in Eastern Tennessee; and in the Carolinas with partners DukeNet, a subsidiary of Duke Power (NYSE: DUK); CaroNet, a subsidiary of Carolina Power & Light (NYSE: CPD); and 30 independent telephone companies.

BellSouth Corporation is a $17.9 billion communications company providing telecommunications, wireless communications, directory advertising and publishing, and information services to more than 25 million customers in 17 countries worldwide.

Note: For more information, visit the BellSouth Mobility DCS Web Site at:

SOURCE BellSouth Mobility DCS
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/CONTACT: Kristie Madara, BellSouth Mobility DCS, 404-841-2074, or e-mail:; or Andy Hagedon, GCI Atlanta, 404-870-3829, or e-mail:


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