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CONTRACTS & DEALS

Posted: 12/2003


CONTRACTS & DEALS

CarrierTel, GA Communications, Global Tel and Meridian
Interactive Communications have chosen Versatel Networks Inc.s SCS 1500
service creation platform, migrating away from a service bureau model.

Boston Communications Group Inc. says four carriers are
renewing their contracts, and five other companies are signing for bcgis
payment services.

Coastel Communications of Lafayette, La., has selected bcgi Voyager Billing
and Customer Care. Illinois Valley Cellular of Marseilles, Ill.; Thumb Cellular
of Pigeon, Mich.; and Bluegrass Cellular of Elizabethtown, Ky., all renewed
their contracts to use Prepaid Connection to support their prepaid wireless
service offerings.

bcgi also announced Cellular One of northeastern Arizona, Cellular One of
east-central Illinois, Thumb Cellular of Pigeon, Mich., Dobson Cellular Systems
and Centennial Wireless are using the Payment Agent Service to allow prepaid
wireless subscribers to purchase airtime using their payment cards any time,
anywhere.

Giant Retail Stores Group is partnering with Q Comm
International Inc. to replace its traditional prepaid scratch cards with
electronic ones using Q Comms Oxpress 200 point-of sale-activation terminals,
paying Q Comm a fee on each product sold via the terminals. Giant has installed
the terminals in almost all of its 132 stores in Arizona, New Mexico and
Colorado.

Executives say the method does not eliminate relationships with previous
service providers; it just changes the delivery format from printed to
electronic. Giant offers prepaid long-distance phone and wireless airtime cards,
Internet, credit cards and a proprietary gift card.

Sister companies US Fibercom and Phone-Link Inc. have
implemented ComWest Inc.s integrated switching services, citing projected
money and labor savings. US Fibercom offers long-distance services and
Phone-Link is a prepaid dialtone company. The companies operate in 22 states and
run approximately 900,000 minutes a month. They provide wholesale distribution
and direct contract bulk purchases.

Telenor Satellite Services says PGS Geophysical of Norway
has renewed its global satellite communications agreement through June 2005. Telenor will continue its fully-managed Sealink service to a PGS Geophysical
fleet of 14 high-tech 3D seismic vessels, including Sealink prepaid cards. The
Sealink system provides corporate voice and data communications, at speeds up to
2 mbps, essentially extending PGS corporate network to all of its vessels.
All vessels are connected to a PBX network providing on-board offices with
immediate direct dial access. The Sealink Prepaid scratch cards can be recharged
through the Internet.

Imperial Oil is installing VendTek Systems Inc.
subsidiary Now Prepay Corp.s e-Fresh point of sale terminals in more than
2,000 Esso service stations throughout Canada. e-Fresh is a suite of software
applications used to distribute electronically prepaid telecommunication
products and financial services.

Vodafone Ireland is using the XACCT Technologies
network-tobusiness platform across its GPRS and 3G network to consolidate
billing for prepaid and postpaid data and voice services.

Prepaid Application Services Pvt. Ltd. will license i2c
Inc.s FastCash transaction processing platform and PASPort point-of-sale
terminal software so it can electronically deliver and activate prepaid
telephone products, Internet access, gift cards and bill payment in Pakistan.
The companies anticipate an initial rollout of 250 terminals this year, and will
deploy another 1,000 by mid-2004.

Business Payment Systems (BPS) has added Comstar
Interactive Corp.s CHARGE ANYwhere wireless card processing solution to its
portfolio for merchants. BPS also will give customers using Lipman USAs Nurit
3010 and Nurit 8000 portable payment solutions the option of routing their
wireless transactions through the Comstar gateway, using Cingular Wireless
Mobitex network or the Motient network. The Comstar gateway will connect BPS
customers with National Processing Inc. to give users approvals in less than 10
seconds, says the company.

CHARGE ANYwhere is a scalable, wireless point-of-sale service that allows
businesses to make transactions in the field on a portable device, and manage
them online in real time.

Links
Bluegrass Cellular Inc. www.bluecell.com
Boston Communications Group Inc. www.bcgi.net
Business Payment Systems www.bpsmerchant.net
CarrierTel Inc. www.carriertel.com
Cellular One Group www.cellularone.com
Centennial Wireless www.centennialwireless.com
Cingular Wireless www.cingular.com
Lipman USA www.lipmanusa.com
Motient Corp. www.motient.com
Coastel Communications www.coastelcommunications.com
Comstar Interactive Corp. www.comstar.com
ComWest Inc. www.comwestnet.com
Dobson Communications Corp. www.dobson.net
GA Communications www.gasolutions.com
Global Tel www.gtl.us
i2c Inc. www.i2cinc.com
Illinois Valley Cellular www.ivcel.com
Meridian Interactive Communications www.meridiantel.net
Phone-Link Inc. www.usfibercom.com
Prepaid Application Services Pvt. Ltd.
Q Comm International Inc. www.qcomm.com
Telenor Satellite Services www.telenor.com
Thumb Cellular www.thumbcellular.com
US Fibercom www.usfibercom.com
VendTek Systems Inc. www.vendteksys.com
/ www.nowprepay.com
Versatel Networks Inc. www.versatelnetworks.com
VodaFone plc www.vodafone.com
XACCT Technologies www.xacct.com


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