AT&T CellCard, which will hook U.S. customers into GSM networks, the global standard for mobile telecommunications that has been widely adopted in Europe. The CellCard can be used in 35 countries, including most of Europe, and parts of Asia and Africa. When traveling, an AT&T Wireless customer can use the CellCard, which is the size of a credit card and has a computer chip, with a GSM cellular phone that can be purchased or rented. The card contains the customer's account information and telephone number. When the card is inserted into the GSM phone, the calls are charged to the AT&T cellular phone bill in the United States and a cardholder can receive calls to that number while traveling. Currently, CellCard is being offered in the Dallas and New York markets. The company expects to have the service commercially available in its other U.S. markets early next year. CellCard users pay an annual $49.99 charge and $2.49 per minute for outgoing calls, including long distance. and $2.49 per minute plus long distance for incoming calls.
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