Business group fears rates in C&P's planHouston's, an...

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION

November 09, 1992|By Leslie Cauley

Business group fears rates in C&P's plan

Houston's, an Atlanta-based chain of 60 restaurants nation

wide, has tried out the pager idea in Phoenix, Chicago and California with similar results.

MCI is reaching out for Clinton coattails

Never one to miss a marketing trick, MCI Communications Corp. has launched a new ad campaign to take advantage of Clinton fever. A 24-page booklet, which will appear as newspaper inserts, outlines MCI's plans for telecommunications changes in businesses. It's dubbed the "100 Day Report."

The "change" campaign, which makes digs at the industry's telecommunications incumbent, AT&T, made its debut during election night coverage on the major networks.

Comsat plans to put E-mail on high seas

Have you ever been sailing in the bay on a beautiful day when, suddenly, you got an uncontrollable urge to send an electronic message to the office?

Me neither. But for those of you who have had that experience, help is on the way.

Comsat Mobile Communications is working on a new mobile message service that allows sailors on pleasure craft and working boats to reach over 60 electronic mail systems in 30 countries -- not to mention information services for stock quotes and news summaries.

"It allows people who travel to remote areas -- executives, diplomats, field service personnel and journalists -- to maintain business relationships with people who use electronic mail," said George Zachmann, vice president of Land Mobile and Special Services for Comsat, the Washington-based satellite communications company.

To use the service, which is being marketed and sold under Comsat's C-Link trade name, you must have an Inmarsat-C data messaging terminal. Those terminals, which resemble personal computers, cost $5,000 to $10,000 and are available from marine electronics dealers.

Comsat estimates its new E-mail service will give users easy access to more than 5 million electronic mailboxes.

Basic messages cost about a penny a character. Other services cost extra.

The new service, still a pilot program, is expected to be fully implemented early next year.

Medical group setssession on computers

The American Medical Informatics Association will hold its annual Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care through Wednesday at the Baltimore Convention Center.

For members, the registration fee is $405. For non-members, the fee is $505. For more information, call the association in Bethesda at 301-657-1291.

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