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SPRINT LOWERS RATES ON CALLING PLANS AND FONCARD IN CALIFORNIA

 SPRINT LOWERS RATES ON CALLING PLANS AND FONCARD IN CALIFORNIA
 KANSAS CITY, Mo., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint today announced it has reduced and simplified its rate structure for "Sprint Select California Combination," making it the lowest-priced combined California in-state and state-to-state calling plan among all major long distance carriers.
 In a separate move, Sprint also lowered its in-state FONCARD rates by nearly 8 percent on Feb. 1. This reduction brings the overall FONCARD rate decrease in California to more than 17 percent since January 1991.
 Under the newly restructured rates of Sprint Select California Combo, Sprint customers pay a flat $6.50 an hour for the first hour of calling, or less than 11 cents a minute. Previously, customers paid $7.50 for the first hour of calling and $6.50 for each additional hour.
 For all subsequent hours, customers continue to pay the same low rate of less than 11 cents a minute without being required to purchase a full hour block of time. The plan hours are 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.
 New customers who call 800-767-4542 to sign up for the plan before April 1 receive 100 free minutes of long distance. Current Sprint Select Combo customers automatically receive the new rates.
 "Sprint is offering Californians the most competitive calling plan in the industry," said Dave Schmieg, president of Sprint's Consumer Services Group. "Our Sprint Select California Combo gives callers the greatest flexibility at the lowest prices. Through these reductions plus those on FONCARD, Sprint is providing the best value for California callers."
 Here are some advantages of Sprint Select California Combo over AT&T's Reach Out plans:
 -- Sprint customers can call anywhere in the country with one plan for $6.50 an hour, or less than 11 cents a minute. AT&T customers are required to buy at least one hour of a state-to-state plan and another hour of an in-state plan for a total price of $14.10, if they want plan coverage for both types of calls.
 -- Sprint customers pay per-minute rates after the first hour. AT&T customers are required to buy at least two full hours from a plan or a combination of plans for similar coverage.
 "Our plan is simple," said Schmieg. "You pay one low hourly rate to call anywhere in the country."
 Sprint Select California Combo also provides 5 percent savings on direct-dial international and Sprint FONCARD calls. The FONCARD, Sprint's premier travel card, offers the convenience of domestic and international calling, three-way calling, and a multiple-calling feature.
 Sprint is a unit of United Telecommunications, Inc. (NYSE: UT), a diversified international telecommunications company with $8.8 billion in revenues. Sprint, with the United States' only nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network, provides a comprehensive array of global voice, data and video communications products and services.
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 /NOTE: FONCARD and Sprint Select are service marks./
 /CONTACT: Robin Pence, 202-828-7454 or, after hours, 703-820-1873, or Robin Carlson, 202-828-7426 or, after hours, 703-573-8364, both of Sprint/
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