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CHRISTMAS IN JULY FROM MCI; TELEVISION COMMERCIALS BEGIN TODAY

 WASHINGTON, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The holiday season arrives early this year with MCI's "Free Friends & Family Calls in December" promotion.
 Beginning today, new MCI customers who sign-up for Friends & Family will be able to make free calls throughout the month of December to members of their Calling Circles who are also MCI customers. The free calls, up to $25, are applicable on domestic calls and will be awarded to all new MCI customers who enroll in Friends & Family by Sept. 30, 1993.
 Advertising to support the Free Friends & Family Calls in December promotion debuts on network and cable television today and will continue to air over the next three months. The commercial was developed by Messner Vetere Berger McNamee Schmetterer/New York.
 In addition to the Friends & Family offer, new MCI "Dial 1" customers will receive certificates which can be used for 60 free minutes of calling over three months. Friends & Family, with more than 10 million customers, is MCI's most popular savings program.
 Friends & Family customers receive the following benefits (among others):
 -- Bonus savings of 20 percent off MCI's regular low rates on all calls to members of their Calling Circles. Calling Circles may include up to 21 friends and family members in the United States who are also MCI customers. This 20 percent discount also applies to all MCI Card calls made their homes or to members of their Calling Circles.
 -- The same discounts to two international numbers they designate as part of their Calling Circles.
 MCI, headquartered in Washington, is the nation's second largest long-distance provider. MCI offers consumers savings and superior customer service through a number of innovative global products and services including: Friends & Family, the MCI VideoPhone, MCI HomeConnect, MCI Friends Around The World, MCICALL 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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