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June 9, 1992 | Dean Takahashi / Times staff writer
Marketing Pact: Fujitsu Business Communication Systems, a telecommunications equipment manufacturer in Anaheim, has signed a joint marketing agreement with U.S. Sprint Communications Inc., the nation's third-largest long-distance service company. Under the agreement, Fujitsu will market Sprint's long-distance phone service for businesses to telecommunications equipment buyers. The two companies will train sales representatives to give coordinated sales pitches to prospective customers.
BUSINESS
January 3, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
GTE Selling Stake in US Sprint: GTE Corp. will sell its remaining stake in US Sprint Communications Co. for $530 million to United Telecommunications Inc., the companies announced. GTE, a leading local telephone company, bought US Sprint in 1983, but sold 50% of the long-distance phone firm to United in 1986. GTE said in 1988 that it wanted to get out of the long-distance telephone business. United will pay $250 million in cash on the closing date, which is expected to be Jan. 31.
NEWS
October 10, 1989
The government is switching to a new long-distance telephone network designed to provide 1.3 million federal workers with state-of-the-art voice, data and video communications. The move, which officials say will save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, comes after five years of study, wrangling and complaints by losing bidders. The changeover began during the long Columbus Day weekend at 31 government buildings nationwide.
BUSINESS
January 19, 1992 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a television ad that gave AT&T its first--of many--bloody noses. On March 17, 1980, an MCI commercial hit consumers--and AT&T--where they felt it most: the wallet. The split screen ad showed one person making a call on AT&T and another making a call on MCI. Meters at the bottom of the screen showed how much each call cost. When the callers hung up and the meters stopped ticking, it was clear that the MCI caller paid less. For the first time, AT&T customers began to wonder: what gives?
BUSINESS
January 3, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
GTE Selling Stake in US Sprint: GTE Corp. will sell its remaining stake in US Sprint Communications Co. for $530 million to United Telecommunications Inc., the companies announced. GTE, a leading local telephone company, bought US Sprint in 1983, but sold 50% of the long-distance phone firm to United in 1986. GTE said in 1988 that it wanted to get out of the long-distance telephone business. United will pay $250 million in cash on the closing date, which is expected to be Jan. 31.
BUSINESS
September 21, 1991 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here's a way to get your friends and family to phone more often: Pay their telephone bills. American Telephone & Telegraph last week came out with a personal 800 number, designed especially for people who expect fewer than three hours of toll-free calls each week. MCI and Sprint launched similar personal 800 services a year ago. They contend that people who love to talk can save a lot of money with the service. The 800 numbers are aimed at people who accept many collect calls--or would like to.
BUSINESS
April 25, 1991 | CARLA LAZZARESCHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
MCI offers the least-expensive long-distance telephone service for Californians and US Sprint the most costly, according to a new survey to be released today. However, rate differences among the Big Three long-distance carriers have rapidly narrowed to the point where there are only minor differences, thanks to price cutting in their escalating battle for new customers, according to the survey by Consumer Action, a San Francisco consumer education group.
NEWS
January 29, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Democratic National Committee has come up with a fund-raising plan under which it finds customers for US Sprint and gets a percentage of the business it generates for the long-distance company. The plan is similar to a method long in use by school, church and community groups that get members to patronize designated businesses and are paid for the new customers they bring in. Democrats ask party faithful who use another long-distance company to switch to Sprint.
BUSINESS
March 1, 1989 | From Reuters
US Sprint Communications Co., hoping to expand its role in the international long-distance market, is negotiating to buy a stake in the first private telecommunications cable linking the United States and Europe, industry sources said Tuesday. US Sprint hopes to acquire Private Transatlantic Telecommunications System Inc., a privately held company based in McLean, Va.
BUSINESS
September 25, 1987 | STEVE COLL, The Washington Post
The proposed $4.5-billion federal telecommunications network that has been put up for bids by the government will apparently be divided between two competing groups of communications companies because of a political brouhaha over the contract, sources said this week. The sources said the contract would likely be split into two separate procurements and then opened for a new round of bids, probably before the end of the year.
BUSINESS
December 13, 1990 | CARLA LAZZARESCHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attempting to end a bitter and expensive industry practice, American Telephone & Telegraph and MCI Communications on Wednesday announced that they settled a series of lawsuits over alleged theft of long-distance customers and false advertising. Terms of the out-of-court settlement--covering an industry practice called "slamming" under which one firm's telemarketers would try to steal other firms' customers--were not disclosed as a condition of the agreement.
BUSINESS
September 14, 1990 | From Associated Press
American Telephone & Telegraph Co. said Thursday that it will provide free facsimile service at its 400 U.S. phone sales centers for families and friends wishing to send messages to U.S. military personnel in the Middle East. The "Desert Fax" service, which will begin Sept. 21, is being introduced at the request of Sen. Alan Cranston, (D-Calif.), who also asked MCI and US Sprint to provide such a service.
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