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GSA Announces Discounted GTE Airfone Cellular Services

GSA #9457

January 7, 1998
Contact: Bill Bearden (202) 501-1231

Washington, DC -- The U.S General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service (FTS), in cooperation with the Federal Supply Service, has announced the award of a contract for discounted use of GTE Airfone cellular services. This multiyear contract will allow the more than 1.4 million American Express Government Travel Credit Card holders to utilize GTE's Airfone's cellular voice, data, and fax services at discounts of up to 50 percent below commercial rates.

The discount applies to domestic and international calls placed aboard GTE Airfone equipped US registered aircraft on routes over the United States and Canada for calls routed over the GTE Airfone North American Terrestrial Network (satellite calls are excluded).

The new communications tool brings value and productivity to all government travelers, allowing them to remain in touch even at 35,000 feet. They will be able to place voice, fax, data calls, check voice mail and even receive calls in flight.

The GTE Airfone seatback handsets are easy to use. Callers need to simply follow the handset display instructions to use the travel card and place the call.

A service launch date is expected in the next several weeks after special billing arrangements have been programmed at GTE Airfone to accommodate the large Government population.

For additional information regarding GTE Airfone Corporate Program, call GTE Airfone at 1-800-AIRFONE. For information regarding the FTS contract, call Paulette Gemmer at (703) 904-2965.

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