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METROCALL ACTIVATES NATIONWIDE WIRELESS NETWORK

 ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Metrocall, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCLL) today announced the activation of its Nationwide Wireless Network. This satellite-based network will provide the company with full entry into the lucrative market for nationwide wireless communications to pagers, data terminals, personal computers and personal digital assistants throughout the top 100 U.S. markets. With this announcement, Metrocall becomes one of the first companies to provide local, regional and nationwide wireless services coast-to-coast.
 Metrocall's chief executive officer, Christopher Kidd, said: "We are extremely pleased to introduce our network with the activation of 78 major metropolitan areas. These cities are currently on the air and completing final technical alignment, with full service to customers only days away. We expect the remaining 22 cities to be carrying traffic in early November."
 Metrocall initiated planning and development of its Nationwide Wireless Network in 1991, obtained the necessary FCC licensing for the same frequency in the top 100 markets, and then accelerated construction and development efforts during the first nine months of 1993. The nationwide wireless network will provide Metrocall with a "wireless data highway" suitable for transmission of digital information between mobile communications devices.
 "We're excited about the opportunity to serve customers on a nationwide basis, and we look forward to bringing both quality service and value to current and prospective customers, as well as to many of our resellers and retailers," Kidd said. "This important resource and capability, together with our rapidly growing local and regional operations, clearly positions Metrocall as a leader in the mobile telecommunications marketplace."
 Metrocall, Inc., is headquartered in Alexandria and provides facilities-based coverage in the Mid-Atlantic region and in California and Nevada. As of June 30, 1993, the company had 213,071 pagers in service. Metrocall completed an initial public offering in August 1993 of 3.1 million shares of its common stock at an initial offering price of $13 per share.
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 /CONTACT: Christopher Kidd or Vincent Kelly of Metrocall, 703-660-9343/
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