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Monday, August 25, 2003
BLACKSTONE BEGINS NATIONWIDE DEPLOYMENT OF TOUCH & GO™
Blackstone (www.blackstoneonline.com), a pioneer of the prepaid telecommunications industry and the nation’s leading electronic calling card distributor, announces the latest product for e-PIN distribution, the Blackstone Touch & Go System. According to Janet Sancho, Blackstone’s vice president of sales, “The response to Blackstone and the Touch & Go has been overwhelmingly positive. Retailers have realized that with the Touch & Go, their stores become a destination for consumers to compare prepaid products, calling cards and minutes; thus, also generating other purchases during the same visit. Additionally, retailers can increase cashier efficiency as the Touch & Go now answers questions like ‘which is the best card for Mexico?’ or ‘how many minutes does this card give to the United Kingdom?’ etc.” Using a 15” touch-screen display from any counter top, customers can easily search an entire category of prepaid products and services – prepaid cellular & long distance calling cards, gift certificates & gift cards, home phone service, flower delivery, traffic school, loyalty programs, etc. – viewing rates and connection fees for over 100+ products. Similar to the Blackstone One Stop, the Touch & Go System does not display or store live inventory. e-PINs are delivered and the system prints the requested product onto durable thermal paper stock once payment has been received; thus, ensuring product availability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Blackstone is continuously updating the products and services which are automatically downloaded via a dedicated phone line. A pioneer of the prepaid telecommunications industry, Blackstone is currently one of the country’s largest providers of prepaid products and services through over 300,000 retail locations nationwide. Established and headquartered in Miami, Florida since 1995, Blackstone provides innovative solutions to local, national and international companies seeking to maximize their full potential – from calling cards, POS terminals, merchant processing, marketing & distribution to self-service, interactive kiosks – Blackstone offers a complete array of services to design, integrate and maintain high-impact, strategic business solutions via our global network of alliances and resources. Touch & Go™ is a trademark of Blackstone Inc.; Blackstone ® is registered trademark of Blackstone Inc. U.S. and foreign patents pending.