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SPRINT ANNOUNCES EXPANDED CELLULAR VPN SERVICE

 WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: FON) today announced an aggressive rollout of its Cellular VPN Service in more than 25 cellular markets served by BellSouth Mobility.
 The rollouts are set for the month of March and will allow thousands of cellular subscribers to enjoy the cost efficiency of Virtual Private Network (VPN) service while reducing the number of digits that must be dialed for a call -- even one around the world.
 Sprint already is offering seven-digit and 10-digit dialing for both switched and dedicated Virtual Private Network (VPN) service to cellular customers in seven large U.S. markets. They include Washington, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Atlantic City, served by Bell Atlantic Mobile Systems; San Diego, served by US West Cellular; and Richmond, Va., served by BellSouth Mobility.
 In announcing the timetable for expansion, Sprint demonstrated the capabilities of the system this week at the ComNet '93 trade show in Washington. Using the facilities of Bell Atlantic Mobile Systems, Sprint showed attendees two types of voice access -- seven-digit and 10-digit dialing -- along with its Cellular Data Service, which allows customers to access electronic mail or databases from a notebook or laptop computer.
 Sprint's VPN customers in the seven markets already on line can use simple, easy-to-remember seven- and 10-digit dialing patterns on their cellular phones to call domestic locations and, with Sprint's Global VPN service, foreign points as well. Moreover, persons calling the cellular subscribers on the network need only dial seven or 10 digits.
 The VPN service saves callers money through volume discounts based on total company usage. Sprint's Cellular VPN also comes without the installation or activation fees required by other carriers' switched virtual private offerings.
 "Sprint is a leader in providing innovative solutions to serve the wireless marketplace," said Kevin Brauer, president of Sprint's Business Market Group. "Our aggressive Cellular VPN rollout solidifies that position."
 Sprint is a diversified international telecommunications company with $9.2 billion in annual revenues and the United States' only nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network. Its divisions provide global long distance voice, data and video products and services and local telephone services to more than 4 million subscriber lines in 17 states.
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 /CONTACT: Norm Black, 202-828-7428, or Steve Dykes, 202-828-7435, or after hours, 703-242-1769, both of Sprint/
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