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Monday, June 24, 2002
Blackstone POS To Offer i-wireless Product
Blackstone (www.blackstoneonline.com), one of the nation’s leading electronic providers of prepaid telecommunications products, announced today the addition of i-wireless prepaid electronic PINs to the Blackstone POS program. i-wireless is Cincinnati Bell’s prepaid wireless product offering, Cincinnati Bell is a wholly owned subsidiary of Broadwing Inc. (NYSE: BRW – www.cincinnatibell.com). According to Michael Acton, Blackstone’s general manager, “Blackstone is constantly searching for new revenue sources for our merchants. Therefore, we are pleased to offer our POS merchants located in the i-wireless footprint - Cincinnati to Dayton and outlying areas - the opportunity to sell i-wireless ePINs in $10, $20 and $50 denominations in the coming weeks. With their innovative and stylish advertising program, i-wireless is one of the strongest regional prepaid cellular programs in the country and I am certain that our POS merchants will realize a tremendous increase in sales in the coming months.” The patent pending Blackstone POS successfully integrates the processing of all major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express & Discover Card) and ATM/Debit/EBT cards with the sale of prepaid cellular and calling cards, into one, easy-to-use POS terminal, the Blackstone POS, which is revolutionizing the telecommunications and electronic transaction industries. About i-wireless Cincinnati Bell, a wholly owned subsidiary of Broadwing Inc. (NYSE: BRW), is one of the nation’s most respected and best performing local exchange and wireless providers with a legacy of unparalleled customer service excellence and financial strength. Cincinnati Bell provides a wide range of telecommunications products and services to residential and business customers in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. In two separate 2001 studies by J.D. Power and Associates, Cincinnati Bell was ranked Number One in Local Residential Telephone Customer Satisfaction and Number One in Residential Long Distance Customer Satisfaction among Mainstream Users. Broadwing Inc. is headquartered in Cincinnati. For more information visit www.broadwing.com. About Blackstone Blackstone has rapidly become one of the country’s largest providers of prepaid telecommunications products and services with over 300,000 retail locations nationwide. Established and headquartered in Miami, Florida since 1995, Blackstone is privately owned, and managed by a team of executives experienced in payment processing, networking, information services, retailing and telecommunications. Today, Blackstone is successfully merging two industries, prepaid telecommunications and electronic transactions, into one POS terminal to the benefit of end-users around the world. For more information on Blackstone’s products and services visit www.blackstoneonline.com or call 1-800-639-9590. Blackstone POS are trademarks of Blackstone Communications Co.; US and foreign patents pending.