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NUMBER OF CELLULAR PHONE USERS RISES AS AVERAGE MONTHLY SERVICE CHARGE FALLS

More than 19 million Americans have cellular telephones, 6 million more than a year ago, the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association said Tuesday.

The trade group said that two out of every three new phone numbers is for a wireless phone.While the industry reported record subscribers, investment, jobs and new cell sites, monthly charges for wireless service declined to an average of $58.65 in June, compared with $67.31 in June 1993 and $96.83 in 1987.

"Growth in the wireless telecommunications industry has been astounding," said CTIA President Thomas E. Wheeler. "More than 17,000 new cellular customers are added each day.

"Wireless telecommunications enable people to communicate where and when they want," Wheeler said.

The cellular industry invested a record $2.2 billion during the first six months of 1994. Revenues in the six-month period were $6.5 billion.