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NOKIA TO PROVIDE PAC BELL HANDSETS

IRVING, Texas-Nokia Corp. signed an agreement to supply personal communications services handsets to Pacific Bell Mobile Services. The companies value the agreement at $35 million.

The one-year agreement calls for Nokia to begin delivering the phones this month. The phones will be sold as an off-the-shelf retail product and will be co-branded by both companies.

Pac Bell, a subsidiary of SBC Communications Inc., has Global System for Mobile communications PCS networks activated in San Diego and Sacramento, Calif., and Las Vegas. The company said it plans to expand service throughout most of California and Nevada by mid-year.

“Nokia makes a wonderful PCS phone that will bring more choices to the increasingly diverse customers making the switch from cellular to PCS, or becoming wireless consumers for the very first time,” said Terrance Valeski, vice president of marketing for Pac Bell.

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