The base station of a wireless communications network determines what features a mobile station will support, then downloads information to the mobile station which will notify the mobile station of which network features are available and how they may be accessed in the local network. Specifically, the base station provides the feature codes that are required to access the network features. The base station may also inquire into what features the mobile station supports. Each of these communications may take place over the combination of the Paging Channel/Access Channel, collectively, the Control Channel, or the Traffic Channel. With the downloaded information, the mobile station user may select a desired feature using the method to which he or she is accustomed, i.e., either by selecting a menu location or by entering a familiar sequence of keystrokes. The mobile station's internal processor converts the entered values into the feature codes corresponding to the selected features within the network. The process of downloading the feature code information does not require the user's intervention, such that any conversion required from the user's familiar feature access process is transparent to the user.