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Tuesday, January 21, 2003
Blackstone (, a pioneer of the prepaid telecommunications industry, is pleased to announce the successful completion of its POS software certification on First Data Corp.’s (NYSE: FDC) Omaha Platform. According to Mike Acton, Blackstone’s general manager, “This certification enables Blackstone to integrate our prepaid solution with First Data’s processing software while remaining on the cutting-edge and offering merchants a complete portfolio of services, including the most competitive credit card processing rates available via the Blackstone POS.” The patent pending Blackstone POS successfully merges two industries, prepaid telecommunications and electronic transactions, by integrating the processing of all major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover Card and Diner’s Club) and ATM/bank/EBT cards with the sale of prepaid wireless and long distance calling cards, gift certificates and gift cards into one, easy-to-use POS terminal. “Blackstone can now offer First Data’s merchants an opportunity to include our prepaid software on their existing Hypercom ICE 5500 terminals and begin generating prepaid revenues immediately,” Acton adds. First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC), with global headquarters in Denver, helps power the global economy. As a leader in electronic commerce and payment services, First Data serves approximately 2.8 million merchant locations, 1,400 card issuers and millions of consumers, making it easy, fast and secure for people and businesses to buy goods and service using virtually any form of payment. With 28,000 employees worldwide, the company provides credit, debit, smart card and stored-value card issuing and merchant transaction processing services; Internet commerce solutions; money transfer services; money orders; and check processing and verification services throughout the United States. First Data also offers a variety of payment services in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Spain, the Netherlands, the Middle East and Germany. It’s Western Union and Orlandi Valuta money transfer networks include a total of approximately 135,000 Agent locations in more than 190 countries and territories. For more information, please visit the company’s website at Blackstone, a pioneer of the prepaid telecommunications industry, is currently 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 provides solutions enabling companies around the world to maximize their full potential by utilizing Blackstone’s complete array of services to design, integrate and maintain high-impact, strategic business solutions via our global network of alliances and resources. For more information on Blackstone’s products and services, call 1-800-639-9590 or visit Blackstone and Blackstone POS are registered trademarks of Blackstone Inc.; U.S. and foreign patents pending.