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Tuesday, July 31, 2001
Blackstone (, one of the nation’s leading providers of prepaid products and services, announces that on August 1, 2001, they will begin offering Americatel’s No Connection Fee Prepaid Calling Card. Blackstone is the authorized distributor of Americatel’s Prepaid Calling Card and No Connection Fee Prepaid Calling Card featuring Don Francisco, Americatel’s spokesperson. The cards are available in denominations of $5, $10 and $20. The new No Connection Fee Prepaid Calling Card offers competitive rates to Latin America and the Caribbean. Additionally, Americatel provides bilingual customer service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. According to Carlos Rodriguez, Blackstone’s marketing director, “Over the past year, our distributors and their merchants have enjoyed tremendous success with the Americatel product. The addition of a No Connection Fee product will continue to increase their success with merchants and consumers across the country.” “We are thrilled to be able to provide the Hispanic consumers with an additional option to place their long distance calls with excellent rates. Although there are many calling cards in the market, only ours is backed by Americatel’s quality and service,” says Matias Arentsen, Americatel’s vice president of marketing, sales and customer service. Don Francisco, the famous host of Sabado Gigante and one of the most recognized figures in the Hispanic community, is the spokesperson for the Americatel No Connection Fee Prepaid Card as he has been for all of Americatel’s products. “Hispanics arriving in the United States want to maintain close contact with their loved ones at home. I am proud to be associated with a company that gives them an affordable option to do so,” said Don Francisco. Americatel ( is owned and operated by ENTEL CHILE, S.A., the largest long distance, wireless and Internet company in Chile. Americatel is a leading Hispanic telecommunications company serving governments, multinational corporations and has served more than two million residential long-distance customers in the United States. Blackstone has rapidly become one of the country’s largest providers of prepaid telecommunications products and services with over 300,000 retail locations nationwide. Blackstone has successfully integrated the processing of all major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover Card and Diners Club) and ATM/Debit cards with the sale of prepaid cellular and prepaid calling cards into one, easy-to-use POS terminal. The Blackstone POS is revolutionizing the electronic transaction industry. 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.