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SKYTEL AND REUTERS TO PROVIDE WIRELESS NEWS HEADLINES; SUBSCRIBERS TO GET FREE NEWS UPDATES

 WASHINGTON, July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyTel Corp., the leading provider of nationwide wireless messaging services, said today that it has signed an agreement with Reuters America Inc. to provide Reuters news headlines to the thousands of subscribers currently using SkyTel's nationwide wireless text messaging service in the United States.
 Reuters is the chief operating unit in North and Latin America for Reuters Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: RTRSY), the international news and financial information group. Some 1200 Reuter journalists and photographs working in 120 bureaus in 74 countries gather news, pictures and television film footage for Reuter media services worldwide.
 "Sending news headlines via our network is a logical and valuable extension of wireless messaging services. SkyTel and Reuters have joined forces to create a whole new way of getting the news," said David W. Garrison, president of SkyTel Corp. "Anyone who wants to be sure that they see the world's top stories on a regular and dependable basis can benefit from this service."
 Subscribers who carry "SkyWord" text pagers will be able to receive Reuters headlines twice a day. The service will be offered free of charge each weekday to SkyTel's alphanumeric subscribers who request the new "SkyNews" service.
 SkyNews(TM) headlines provided by Reuters will be transmitted at 12:30 and 5 p.m. ET every Monday through Friday (except holidays) in groups of four headlines, covering national and international business, economic, political and general news, and stock market indexes.
 From time to time, news alerts of crucial national or international news stories that occur outside of the regular transmission times -- will be sent by Reuters as the stories break.
 "Our market research indicates that there is a high level of interest in this service across a wide variety of industries and job ranks," said Harry Latham, vice president of marketing for SkyTel. "This is a free value-added service to our current SkyWord subscribers and should be of great interest to potential users as well."
 "Reuters is excited about its news reaching consumers over this new delivery platform," said Arthur Bushnell, senior vice president, media, Reuters America Inc. "This transmission system allows users to stay `plugged in' and able to stay in touch with Reuters news wherever they go."
 SkyNews will be available beginning Monday, Aug. 16 through SkyTel sales representatives, telemarketing and customer service.
 SkyTel Corp., based in Washington, is the principal subsidiary of Mobile Telecommunication Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: MTEL) and the leading nationwide messaging company with 241,400 subscribers in the United States as of June 30, 1993. Mtel, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is engaged in businesses that include nationwide paging and voice messaging services (provided by SkyTel) in the United States; nationwide paging in the United Kingdom and Mexico; investments in international messaging services through Mtel International, Inc., an investment in American Mobile Satellite Corp., and other operations. Mtel's common stock is quoted on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol MTEL.
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 /CONTACT: David Allan or Kathleen Baum of Burson-Marsteller, 212-614-5163, or 212-614-4239, for SkyTel Corp., or Bob Crooke of Reuters America Inc., 212-603-3587/
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