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NATIONAL CAR RENTAL AND EDS INTRODUCE THE 'HASSLE-FREE' PHONE

 NATIONAL CAR RENTAL AND EDS INTRODUCE THE 'HASSLE-FREE' PHONE
 MINNEAPOLIS, March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- National Car Rental System, Inc., announced today it has teamed up with EDS (NYSE: GME), the leader in information technology services, to begin a "state of the art" cellular phone program for its car rental fleet.
 The program begins this month in Dallas, and involves use of a unique handset designed to promote safety and ease of use. It also includes "real-time" billing, providing customers with phone usage charges when they return their car.
 Traditionally, permanently installed car rental phones are activated by the "swipe" of a major credit card. Besides being cumbersome, this method delays billing information until the customer's statement arrives weeks, or even months, later. National's phones require no credit card activation, and usage fees are charged directly to the car rental bill.
 This "real-time" billing is a major advancement for cellular phone service in rental cars. Customers just enter a personal lock code, and dial as they would any other phone. Charges will be based on usage only.
 The objective of this advanced program is to eliminate the need for specifically requesting a cellular phone by having them installed in National Car's fleet nationwide.
 As an added safety feature, all phones come with a speaker built into the handset for more controlled "in-use" driving. In addition, emergency phone numbers will be available in every vehicle free of charge.
 "We've been experimenting with cellular phones for the last several years," said National's Chief Information Officer Jack Livingston. "But demand and the right technology have finally come together to give the customer a hassle-free, value-added service."
 Livingston pointed out that the customer will be charged one rate by the minute whether the call is local or long distance, and reiterated there would be no charge unless the phone is used.
 "We'll also have airline and hotel numbers on speed dial for further convenience," added Livingston. "Ease of use is the name of the game. Using a phone in a rental car should be just like turning on the radio."
 "EDS focuses technology on making its customers more competitive," said Ron Benigo, vice president of EDS' Transportation business unit. "Because this cellular phone system is so user friendly, National has gained competitive advantage by providing a level of phone service not currently available anywhere else in the industry."
 National Car Rental features General Motors vehicles, and services over 4,600 locations worldwide with its partners Tilden in Canada, Nippon Rent-A-Car in Japan, and Europcar in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
 EDS has operations in 30 countries, employs more than 70,000 people, and is the leader in applying information technology services to meet the needs of businesses and governments around the globe. Stock reflecting EDS' performance is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GME. EDS reported revenues of $7.1 billion in 1991.
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 /CONTACT: Michael J. Olsen of National Car Rental, 612-830-2537, or Roger Still of EDS, 214-661-6188/
 (GME) CO: National Car Rental System, Inc.; EDS ST: Minnesota IN: TLS, AUT SU: JVN


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