GTE marks one-year anniversary in long-distance business with onemillion customers in service and introduction of new international calling plan for residential customers.

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IRVING, Texas -- On March 4, 1996, GTE became the first of its peers to enter

the long-distance business. Today, on the first anniversary of its market

entry, GTE announced it had its one millionth long-distance customer in service.

"It's been an incredible first year," said Rob McCoy, president of GTE Long

Distance. "We knew we were facing a great opportunity going in; it was a matter

of execution. We've gone from zero to a million customers in less than a year,

and we're very pleased."

Timothy and Judy Sexton from Virginia Beach, Va., were the one millionth GTE

Long Distance customers in service. To commemorate the occasion, GTE awarded

Timothy Sexton, an apprentice plumber, and Judy Sexton, a nail technician, one

million free airline miles.

"We're thrilled," said Timothy Sexton. "We chose GTE because they offered

us great prices and the ability to get all of our services, local and long

distance, on one monthly bill, from a company we've known for years. The honor

of being the one millionth customer, and winning a million airline miles, was

quite a pleasant surprise."

GTE Introduces New International Calling Plan for Residential Customers

The company also unveiled its newest service for residential customers, the

GTE International Calling Plan, which offers competitive prices on direct-dialed

international calls.

The plan has simple rates for each country called. Rates are based on the

time of day the call is placed. Peak period is from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. All calls

made from the United States between 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. weekdays, and all day

Saturday, Sunday and holidays, receive the lowest rates. As a special bonus for

customers, GTE is waiving calling periods for calls to countries in Asia, Africa

and Europe, applying one low rate for each country to all calls -- no matter

what time of the day or night the call is placed.

"Many calling plans are based on the time of day in the country called. The

beauty of this plan," McCoy pointed out, "is that consumers can stop worrying

about placing calls during high-cost times that vary by country. GTE's plan is

based on our customer's clock."

The plan has no enrollment fee and carries a $3 monthly charge. Consumers

interested in the GTE International Calling Plan should call 1-800-GTE-3737 for

details. GTE also offers flat-rate plans for domestic calling.

One of the largest publicly held telecommunications companies in the world,

GTE is also the largest U.S.-based local telephone company and a leading

cellular-service provider in the United States -- with wireline and wireless

operations that form a market area covering about one-third of the U.S.


The following chart compares the GTE International

Calling Plan to other international calling plans:

CountryTime of Day
GTE International Calling PlanSprint
Sense II
AT&T; One Rate InternationalMCI One International
Japan8 a.m. $.47 per minute$1.40 per minute $.47 per minute $.48 per minute
France11 a.m.$.35 per minute $1.10 per minute $.35 per minute$.35 per minute
(Mexico City)
6 p.m. $.60 per minute $1.25 per minute $.65 per minute$.65 per minute
Jamaica 9 p.m. $.65 per minute $.80 per minute $.73 per minute$.74 per minute

* Information current as of February 26, 1997.

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