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Two long-distance services plan charge-card calling

The American Telephone & Telegraph Company has unveiled plans for a new charge-card pay phone, but a competing company says it will provide a similar, cheaper service one month earlier.

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MCI Communications Corporation says it will begin installing special telephones at Washington's National Airport next week that will let customers make long-distance calls at rates up to 50 percent less than AT&T's by inserting their Visa or MasterCards into the phone.

The first Card Caller phones, used by sliding in a special charge card, will be available at the Cincinnati airport Jan. 1. About 5,000 will be placed at convention centers, hotel lobbies, and other public places nationwide by the end of 1984.

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