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SPRINT TO OFFER SERVICE TO VIETNAM

 SPRINT TO OFFER SERVICE TO VIETNAM
 WASHINGTON, April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: FON) today


announced plans to offer direct dial service to Vietnam following the lifting of the ban on telecommunications services by the United States government.
 Service will be available immediately following authorization from the Federal Communications Commission. The country code for Vietnam is 84. City codes for Hanoi and Ho-Chi Minh City (Saigon) are 4 and 8, respectively.
 The new service will permit the estimated 700,000 Vietnamese living in the United States to call friends, relatives and businesses in their native country. U.S. economic sanctions have prohibited calling between the two countries for the last 17 years.
 In addition to direct dial service, Sprint plans to offer a special "messenger" service through the Vietnam Telecom International, the Vietnamese international telecommunications administration. The service will allow U.S. callers to send messages to Vietnamese who do not have telephones, specifying that they call back -- collect -- at a specific time. Vietnam Telecom International will deliver the messages via its nationwide courier network to recipients around the country.
 Sprint also will offer its Sprint Express calling service for calls from Vietnam to the United States. Sprint Express lets callers reach the United States via a local toll-free number that connects them with a Sprint operator in the United States. For U.S. business travelers, the service eliminates language and currency barriers by allowing them to speak with Sprint operators and charge calls to their Sprint FONCARDs or other calling cards. Vietnamese may use Sprint Express to place collect calls to their relatives in the United States.
 In Vietnam, the Sprint Express number is 00-1111.
 "This is a significant breakthrough for Vietnamese living in the U.S.," said Dave Schmieg, president of Sprint's Consumer Services Group. "The easing of the trade embargo with Vietnam opens the door for a wide variety of advanced telecommunications products and services that Sprint is poised to offer the Vietnamese community."
 Sprint is a diversified international telecommunications company with $8.8 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.
 SPRINT SERVICE TO VIETNAM
 EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 1992
 IMTS Rates For Vietnam - U.S. Mainland Origination
 Standard Time Period Discount Time Period Economy Time Period
 5 p.m.-2 a.m. 2 a.m.-11 a.m. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
 1st Min Addl Min 1st Min Addl Min 1st Min Addl Min
 $2.91 $2.17 $2.71 $1.97 $2.51 $1.77
 -0- 4/22/92
 /NOTE: Sprint Express is a service mark./
 /CONTACT: Vince Hovanec, 202-828-7423 or, after hours, 202-387-1496, or Janis Langley, 202-828-7427 or, after hours, 703-533-3322, both of Sprint/
 (FON) CO: Sprint ST: District of Columbia IN: TLS SU: PDT


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