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SOUTHWESTERN BELL MOBILE SYSTEMS SIGNS AGREEMENT TO PLACE DUAL-MODE CELLULAR PHONES IN CUSTOMERS' HANDS THIS YEAR

 SOUTHWESTERN BELL MOBILE SYSTEMS SIGNS AGREEMENT TO PLACE
 DUAL-MODE CELLULAR PHONES IN CUSTOMERS' HANDS THIS YEAR
 DALLAS, March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems has placed its first order for TDMA-based (Time Division Multiple Access) dual-mode digital cellular telephones in a transaction with Ericsson GE. The agreement marks the largest purchase request for dual-mode phones in the United States.
 Mobile Systems has agreed to purchase 15,000 TDMA-based dual-mode digital phones from Ericsson GE. The majority of phones purchased will be installed models, with the balance to be hand-held models.
 "Our customers have listened to TDMA-based digital cellular service, and they like it," said Bob Shaner, executive vice president for Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems in Dallas. "By securing state of the art digital phones for our customers at this time, we'll be assured of meeting their needs when digital is commercially available later this year."
 Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems is moving forward with two digital verification programs during the first quarter in the company's Dallas and Chicago markets. Chicago began its verification program last month. Dallas is scheduled to begin its verification program later this month. These verification programs will allow the company to fine tune the digital technology before it is implemented on a commercial basis.
 Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems is the first cellular company in the United States to announce its plans to convert to digital service. The company also plans to deploy digital service in Washington/Baltimore and Boston during 1992.
 TDMA refers to the access technology chosen by the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association to be used in the industry's conversion to digital service. Dual mode refers to cellular phones which will work on either the current analog or upcoming digital systems.
 Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems provides service to more than 960,000 customers in 28 metropolitan markets and 25 rural areas across the United States. Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems is a subsidiary of Southwestern Bell Corp. (NYSE: SBC).
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 /CONTACT: Walter F. Patterson of Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems, 214-733-2132; or Kathy Eagan of Ericsson GE, 212-685-4030/
 (SBC) CO: Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems; Ericsson GE ST: Texas IN: TLS SU:


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