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Tuesday, May 15, 2001
Blackstone (, one of the nation’s leading providers of prepaid products and services, participated this afternoon in the Hypercom Global Partner Conference, Miami, Florida. Attending the conference, were hundreds of Hypercom staff, international distributors, Value Added Resellers and partner organizations, from all around the world. They have gathered in Miami to hear the latest news from the worldwide payments industry, listen to innovative application case studies, and learn of Hypercom’s strategies and extensive product line. Mike Acton, Blackstone's general manager, presented a case study of the Blackstone POS, which utilizes Hypercom’s ICE 5500 payment terminals. The Blackstone POS terminal is an industry first. By integrating the processing of all major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express & Discover Card) and ATM/bank cards with the sale of prepaid cellular and prepaid calling cards into one, easy-to-use POS terminal, retailers no longer have to purchase several devices to handle each function. According to Acton, “Merchants using the Blackstone POS have been enthusiastic. They have been able to meet the surging consumer demand for prepaid products and services while generating new revenue opportunities and reducing their overall equipment investment. For smaller, independent retailers, we have given them the ability to compete with larger and more established chain retailers.” Ana Blanco, Blackstone’s international sales manager added, “The one word I kept hearing was caliente (hot). The Blackstone POS is caliente!” For more information on Blackstone’s products and services call 1-800-639-9590 or visit Blackstone POS are trademarks of Blackstone Communications Co., US and foreign patents pending. *Information on Hypercom Global Partner Conference was obtained from their website at