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MICHIGAN BELL OFFERS CIRCLE CALLING PROGRAMS

 MICHIGAN BELL OFFERS CIRCLE CALLING PROGRAMS
 DETROIT, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan Bell today answered the


call of customers who've been asking for a way to cut the cost of telephoning to and from the suburbs and rural areas.
 Beginning Feb. 1, the company will offer a new calling plan -- Circle Calling 20 -- that will provide major savings to residence customers who make frequent long-distance and zone calls within 20 miles of their homes.
 At the same time, Michigan Bell announced another discount plan -- Circle Calling 30 -- that will be available in a few weeks and will offer savings on calls within a 30-mile radius.
 "We estimate that nearly a million of our customers could save with these plans," said Laird Spencer, senior director of marketing and business development for Michigan Bell.
 Circle Calling 20 will give customers seven hours of long-distance and zone calling up to 20 miles for $20 a month. As an added feature, a 30-percent discount will apply to calls that exceed the seven-hour limit. An average customer could save about $20 with this plan, Spencer said.
 Circle Calling 30 will provide a 30-percent discount on toll and zone charges up to 30 miles, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and includes one-half hour of toll and zone calling for $3 a month. It could save an average customer more than $5 per month.
 Spencer said the new plans are in direct response to "what our customers have been asking for."
 In recent years, calling patterns have changed dramatically as the result of urban sprawl which has put more distance between people and their jobs, families and friends, he said.
 "And people who've moved away to the suburbs or rural areas have been demanding a way to reduce their bills for calls to family, friends and businesses back in their old neighborhoods," he added.
 Circle Calling 20 is an expanded version of Metro Service, a popular plan in existence several years ago in the Detroit, Grand Rapids and Pontiac areas. While Metro Service was limited to those three areas, the new plan will be available to residence customers anywhere in the state.
 These discounts could provide savings totaling about $20 million a year for Michigan Bell customers and are in addition to more than $40 million in long-distance price cuts the company announced in December.
 Spencer said the new plans are another direct benefit of the state's new telecommunications law which took effect Jan. 1, and which makes it possible for the company to bring new plans on line more quickly than ever before.
 "The new law enables us to be even more responsive to our customers' demands for new and better services," he said.
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 /CONTACT: Phil Jones, 313-963-2398, or Dean Hovey, 313-223-7197, both of Michigan Bell/ CO: Michigan Bell ST: Michigan IN: TLS SU: PDT


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