Sprint offers access

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Sprint Corp. Tuesday said it will soon launch its consumer Internet access service, called Sprint Internet Passport. Initially, 200,000 existing Sprint residential customers will be invited to beta test the service free. Sprint plans a general market release later this fall. Access fees will run $19.95 per month for unlimited access, or $1.50 per hour. AT&T Corp. and MCI Communications Corp. earlier this year began offering similar Internet access products called AT&T WorldNet and internetMCI.

As of Tuesday night, Sprint had already received close to a thousand calls for the Internet Passport service. Advertising by Sprint agency J. Walter Thompson, San Francisco, is expected to break this fall and may feature Sprint spokeswoman Candice Bergen..

Copyright August 1996 Crain Communications Inc.

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