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Tuesday, August 27, 2002
Blackstone (, one of the nation’s leading providers of electronic prepaid products and services, unveiled the Blackstone Communication Center to the attendees of the Prepaid Market Expo in New York City today. The Blackstone Prepaid Communication Center makes prepaid e-PIN products (prepaid long distance calling cards, prepaid cellular cards, prepaid telephone service, etc.) available to consumers around the clock. Plus, the owner/operator has the ability to earn additional revenues by staffing the Center to sell postpaid cellular contracts, cellular telephones and accessories from a variety of providers including AT&T Wireless, Cingular, i-wireless, TracFone, Verizon and T-Mobile/VoiceStream. According to Angel Pacheco, Blackstone’s chief technology officer, “Our Communications Center is unlike traditional vending machines or retail operations – it does not store live inventory, but delivers electronic PINs (e-PINs) for the prepaid products upon payment. Additionally, we have significantly increased the security measures of the e-Vending machine by adding a biometric reader and camera. Every credit and/or debit card transaction requires a finger print and photograph prior to the prepaid product being dispensed.” Initial testing of the Center was tremendously successful and consumer response has been positive. Users of the Center were complimentary of the simple to follow audio directions and the touch-screen display which enables users to perform functions on the easy-to-read screen. Blackstone will now begin a limited roll out with an initial order of 1000 machines and display cases to be placed throughout the United States. The Prepaid Communication Center is available in a variety of color options and due to its innovative design; it can easily be configured for any location and/or space. Blackstone has rapidly become 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, retail and telecommunications. Today, Blackstone is successfully merging two industries, prepaid telecommunications and electronic transactions, into one terminal to the benefit of merchants across the United States. 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.