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GTE, HERTZ: MOBILE PROFESSIONALS ENJOY STATE-OF-THE-ART CONVENIENCE THROUGH GTE CELLULAR PHONE PROGRAM AND SAN FRANCISCO HERTZ FLEET

 ATLANTA, Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hertz Corp. and GTE Credit Card Phone today announced the introduction of GTE's cellular credit card phone in Hertz vehicles in San Francisco.
 "Hertz customers want the convenience of being able to stay in touch with the office while traveling," said Roy Ritenour, manager-service quality for The Hertz Corp. "We're expanding the program to several new locations because of the success we've experienced in 31 other locations."
 Customers renting cars equipped with cellular credit card phones are able to place and receive calls by activating the phone with a major credit card. The customer simply slides an AT&T Calling Card, MasterCard, VISA, American Express or Diners Club Card through a compact card reader attached to the phone. Customers receive a detailed listing of cellular call charges on their monthly credit card statements, which saves them time during their rental because no extra paperwork is required at the rental desk.
 With the proprietary GTE Billing System, Hertz is relieved of all billing and administrative responsibilities because the phone automatically reports call data to the GTE billing center.
 The GTE CCP 2000 also allows customers to transmit data through portable fax machines and laptop computers. On-hook dialing the convenience of "speakerphone" capability enhance the safety and convenience of the phone service.
 The GTE CCP 2000 will work on any cellular network due to one of five patent-pending design processes that allows the phone to send call data automatically to GTE's Billing System.
 GTE and Hertz signed a multiyear agreement in January 1990 and expect to install some 50,000 in-car credit card phones during the contract term. To date, 32 Hertz locations provide credit card phones, and expansion continues.
 Cellular credit card phones are also available throughout the United States and Canada in limousines, cabs, fleet cars, shops, buses and remote areas with limited wireline service.
 Hertz, the nation's leading car rental company, operates a fleet of approximately 420,000 vehicles worldwide from over 5,000 locations in more than 120 countries.
 GTE (NYSE: GTE) is the fourth largest publicly owned telecommunications company in the world. With approximately $20 billion in revenues in 1991, GTE is the largest U.S.-based local-telephone company and the second-largest cellular-service provider in the United States.
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