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Valentine calls discounted

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - It will be a little cheaper to reach out and touch someone this Valentine's Day as AT&T offers discounts on long-distance calls to make up for a major outage last month. The phone giant is offering long-distance customers an average 33 percent discount off regular daytime rates for calls within the United States between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m today, said Lynn Newman, a spokeswoman at company operations headquarters in Basking Ridge, N.J. Discounts will average about 37 percent on international calls, she said.

In some states where local utility regulators have given the company permission, discounts also will apply to intra-state calls handled by AT&T, she said.

"This is our way of saying we're sorry the outage happened and our way of trying to compensate our customers," Newman said.

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