Cellular phone service should be available nationwide by mid-1992 now that federal authorities have issued construction permits for systems in all urban and rural areas, an industry trade group said Sunday.
The Federal Communications Commission on Friday issued 20 new permits, including Tunica County, Miss., and Kosciusko County, Ind., the only two areas of the country in which cellular systems had not been authorized, the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association said.
The cellular industry also plans to introduce within 12 months to 18 months an automatic call delivery service that will allow cellular users to receive calls automatically, no matter where they are.
Currently, callers seeking someone who has traveled away from his or her local calling area must know where that person is in order to complete a call. With automatic call delivery, a person "roaming" outside the home market will send out a locating signal to the closest cellular system whenever he or she turns on the cellular phone. Computers then will do the searching and service connections.