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MCI OFFERS 100 DAYS OF FREE CALLING

 ATLANTA, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- MCI Business Services today announced an unprecedented offer to America's small- and mid-sized businesses -- 100 DAYS OF FREE long distance calling over the next two years.
 Celebrating the success of its "100 Day Plan" for American business introduced Election Night '92, MCI's 100 Days Free offer will be made through print ads today in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today and in television commercials debuting during national network business and sports programming this weekend.
 "For the last 100 days, thousands of American businesses have switched to MCI," said Timothy F. Price, president of MCI Business Services. "Now, we want to make it even easier for businesses to give us a try by giving them one day of free calls out of every work week."
 Businesses have until May 26 to sign up with MCI Business Services to take advantage of the offer.
 All businesses that spend between $25 and $50,000 per month on long distance services, including 800 and outgoing calls, can take advantage of MCI's unparalleled 100 Days Free plan.
 Businesses will receive four credits of up to $50,000 each on their fourth, 12th, 18th and 24th invoices. Each credit for 25 days is based on the business's net daily average spending for the two months preceding each invoice.
 OFFER BUILDS ON RECORD-SETTING SALES
 Since the inception of MCI's 100 Day Plan on Election Night 1992, more businesses have switched to MCI than during any other three months of MCI's 25-year history.
 In addition, sales of MCI Preferred Optimum service, coupled with MCI Friends of the Firm, have increased 33 percent since Nov. 3, 1992.
 "The response from MCI customers to our 100 Day Plan has been overwhelming," said Price. "Small- and medium-sized companies want to do business with a long distance company that boosts their productivity, that they can depend on and that saves them money. We made those commitments in our 100 Day Plan and we've succeeded by delivering on them."
 OFFER PAVES WAY TO 800 PORTABILITY
 The MCI 100 Days Free offer also affords businesses the opportunity to take advantage of new competition in the 800 services industry just around the corner.
 The Federal Communications Commission has mandated in an "800 Portability" ruling -- effective May 1 -- businesses can switch long distance carriers while retaining existing 800 numbers.
 The change will bring businesses these benefits:
 -- A business can change its carrier without changing its 800
 number, thereby retaining its investment in customer awareness.
 -- A business can choose its long distance carrier based on
 services and features, rather than availability of a specific
 number.
 -- Long distance carriers can offer any number that is not already
 in use.
 -- Incoming calls to a business's 800 number can be divided among
 two or more long distance carriers, providing insurance against
 an unforeseen network outage.
 According to a recent national survey by Tele Choice, a telecommunications consulting firm, more than 80 percent of respondents said they would "very likely" switch carriers by late 1993 if they could reduce costs. About 90 percent said they would switch from AT&T to MCI.
 "As this last vestige of long distance monopoly falls, we're eager to bring the benefits of MCI's value-added 800 Service to businesses," said Price. "And we can't think of a better way to introduce customers to MCI and help them reduce costs than our 100 Days Free offer."
 MCI (NASDAQ: MCIC), headquartered in Washington, offers a full range of domestic and global telecommunications services through one of the world's largest state-of-the-art networks. With 1992 revenue of more than $10 billion, the company is the second-largest long distance provider in the U.S. and has more than 60 offices worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Fox of MCI, 800-365-2275/
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