ePHONE Telecom, Inc. a global Internet telephony services carrier for businesses and individuals, announced that it will be launching a line of calling cards branded under the ePHONE name. The cards will enable the user to make long distance phone calls for very competitive prices and will be available in the third quarter of this year. Pursuant to this launch, ePHONE also announces that it has initiated a strategic distribution relationship with a US based company to provide the new calling cards and prepaid calling card services.
Through this relationship, the ePHONE’s calling cards will be distributed through feature rich point of sales kiosks that will be located in the 240 National Car Rental and Alamo retail airport locations nationally. The kiosks provide a secure, full credit and debit card transaction interface and serve as a point of purchase credit card transaction device.
Under the terms of the agreement ePHONE has been selected as the exclusive supplier of calling cards and services for this deployment. The initial terms of the agreement call for distribution of the ePHONE cards in the US with the potential for further global distribution in time. The kiosks are scheduled to roll out with the ePHONE calling cards in mid-Q3 2001.
“The ePHONE brand of calling cards represents heightened visibility within our product mix. Now we have a more integrated product line to meet the demands of our customers and the market,” stated Carmine Taglialatela, ePHONE’s president and chief operating officer. “The consummation of this partnership represents another significant milestone for the company. We’re counting on our performance as the service provider to enable us to secure more business like this globally. We are very excited to have quickly found partners in the calling card market that are pushing the distribution envelope and driving demand for their products and consequently our services. The prospects for this market continue to show strength, and we’re aggressively looking for ways to increase market share.”
Michael Han, chief strategy officer added “The prepaid calling card market is looking increasingly attractive for ePHONE. Business and pleasure travelers represent a significant opportunity as hotel long distance phone charges and cellular roaming charges can add significantly to the cost of travel. The partnership distribution provides a solid entry point to prove our service and eventually expand to other geographies.”
About ePHONE Telecom
ePHONE Telecom is a global Internet telephony services carrier for businesses and individuals. ePHONE enables long distance calling at very competitive prices via local access numbers and access devices that connect customers with ePHONE’s network, built on it’s award winning, open standards-based Internet Protocol (IP) gateway technology. Customers can use existing telephone equipment to make voice, fax and data calls to reach any phone or telephony service in the world. ePHONE’s continuing network expansion, scalable billing solution and support for most standard telecommunications signaling protocols around the world ensure it’s position as a continuously evolving carrier that is able to deliver the new telecommunications services that customers and today’s competitive marketplace require. For more information about ePHONE Telecom, please visit [www.ephonetelecom.com].