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Wednesday, July 19, 2000
Blackstone Calling Card (, one of the nation’s largest providers of prepaid products and services, is pleased to announce that they have been awarded the exclusive US distribution of Americatel's Prepaid Calling Card, featuring Don Francisco, Americatel’s spokesperson. Don Francisco, the spokesperson for Americatel’s Prepaid Calling Card, is one of the most famous and beloved men on Spanish-language television today. He is the host of Univision's hugely successful, Sábado Gigante seen every Saturday evening in Hispanic households around the world. Originally, Don Francisco created his weekly variety show in 1962 in Chile; today, it is filmed in Miami and televised around the world, with a global viewership estimated at over 95 million households. Luis Arias, Blackstone chief executive officer, says, "We are thrilled! Don Francisco is like a family member. He has been in our homes every Saturday evening for the past 15 or 20 years." The Americatel Prepaid Calling Card is available in $5, $10 and $20 denominations and offers competitive rates from the United States to Latin America. Arias also adds, "Having a carrier of Americatel's reliability ensures that retailers and consumers will be extremely satisfied with their calling card." Americatel is owned and operated by ENTEL CHILE, the largest long distance, wireless and Internet company in Chile. Americatel is a leading Hispanic telecommunications company serving governments, multinational corporations and more than one million residential long-distance customers in the United States. Blackstone, with products available at over 300,000 retail locations nationwide, is a leading provider of telecommunications products and services. Blackstone offers traditional one plus long distance, in addition to the industry's widest assortment of prepaid phone cards, prepaid cellular, prepaid paging, prepaid dial tone and prepaid Internet services. Blackstone also offers the most technologically advanced point-of-sale activation system on the market today. For more information on Blackstone products and services, call Andy Viera at 1-888.639.9590, ext. 205, or