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 Digital Messaging Service Commercially Available to Consumers;
 Technology Allows Phones to Work Like Pagers and Answering Machines
 WAYNE, Pa., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Comcast Cellular customers will never have to miss an important call again, thanks to a new technology the company is introducing this month that will transform a cellular phone into an intelligent personal communicator.
 Called "Comcast Digital Messenger," this Motorola technology, which Comcast Cellular Communication will be the first to market regionally, allows customers to experience the benefits of digital services today by using their portable cellular phones as messaging devices. The innovative service eliminates the need for customers to purchase and carry a separate paging device in addition to their cellular phone. The product will be available through Comcast Metrophone in Philadelphia, and Comcast Cellular One in central and southern New Jersey, Delaware and parts of Maryland.
 Donald A. Harris, president of Comcast Cellular, said Digital Messenger is ideal for heavy volume cellular users who want greater control over their communications. "Business executives, lawyers, doctors and other professionals who not only want to be able to be reached anywhere, but also need time management tools like call screening and features that acknowledge their receipt of messages are the people for whom the product was developed," he said.
 "Digital Messenger can transform a cellular phone into a more sophisticated personal communications device by tying together a phone and pager with just one number -- your cellular phone number," Harris added. "This new application brings advanced digital services to Comcast Cellular customers today, and once again demonstrates our commitment to providing the services our customers want and need.
 "Ultimately, this service provides all the messaging services of a regular digital paper, as well as more sophisticated features, like the ability to leave a message even if the device is turned off. And best of all, this technology is incorporated into one cellular phone," he said.
 To date, cellular customers have had to carry a pager for simple messaging service, in addition to their cellular phones. With Digital Messenger, which works in conjunction with a special Motorola portable phone, callers simply dial the user's regular cellular number. If the user is unavailable to take the call, the caller can select from a menu of choices which include: sending a digital numeric page to the user, leaving a short digital text message like "call home" on the display of the user's cellular phone, or leaving a voice mail message.
 Unlike traditional pagers, Digital Messenger also can perform these same functions even if the user's phone is turned off or he or she is out of the Comcast Cellular area. The service automatically communicates with the Digital Messenger customer when their phone is activated, or eventually converts the message to voice mail, ensuring that the message is received. With regular paging systems, messages may be lost because they have no internal acknowledgment capability.
 Other key benefits include:
 -- Users can answer a page simply by pressing the "send" key.
 -- Users can screen calls by forwarding all calls to the option menu and responding only to the paging requests they wish to take.
 -- By dialing a special "group identification number," callers can send the same message to a group of people at the same or different locations within the Comcast Cellular area simultaneously.
 The monthly charge for the Digital Messenger features, which includes free "Enhanced Mobile Mail" service, is $12.95 per month, and is a real savings for people who now use both cellular phones and pagers. The service also includes free voice mail, numeric and short text message storage, although normal cellular air time rates apply for retrievals.
 Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK), of which Comcast Cellular Communications, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary, is principally engaged in the development of cable television and cellular communications systems. The company's consolidated and affiliated cable operations served 2.9 million subscribers as of June 30, 1993. Comcast also provides cellular telephone services in the Northeast United States to markets encompassing a population in excess of 7.4 million. In December 1992, Comcast consolidated the subscribers, revenues and operating cash flows associated with its 50 percent ownership interest in Storer Communications, Inc., acquired in a partnership structure in 1988. Comcast's affiliated operations include a 40 percent interest in Garden State Cable, LP (the former New York Times cable system) and a
19.9 percent interest in Heritage Communications, Inc. Cable programming investments include a stake in QVC Network -- the home shopping channel, Turner Broadcasting Network, E! Entertainment, Digital Cable Radio and Viewer's Choice.
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 /CONTACT: Dava Guerin of Guerin & Kapnek Communications, 215-784-9060, for Comcast Cellular, or Melissa Nichols of Comcast Cellular, 215-975-5123/

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