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PO Cards Upgraded

The U.S. Postal Services’ ‘FirstClass PhoneCard’ has been upgraded to include conference calling, voice mail, and FAX mail box services. The new line of calling cards will also feature postage stamp art. SmarTalk Teleservices produced the new cards that also feature lower rates and expanded customer service. The cards went on sale this week at 14,000 postal retail and vending locations nationwide.

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SmarTalkSM TeleServices, Inc. today announced that a new line of telephone calling cards bearing postage stamp art will go on sale nationwide this week in more than 14,000 postal retail and vending locations.

The new line, provided by SmarTalkSM, features lower rates and expanded customer conveniences Known as FirstClassTM PhoneCards, the new cards have been upgraded to include options such as conference calling, voice mail, and FAX mail box services. “This product allows the Postal Service to provide a new way to communicate,” said Erich Spangenberg, CEO, SmarTalkSM TeleServices, Inc. “Simply put, these cards are a money saving long distance solution.”

“The Postal Service has the unique opportunity and ability to provide additional services at a lower cost for our customers,” said Allen Kane, Postal Service Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President. “We want to offer our customers a great phone card for a great price. We are able to do that with this new product.”

The new designs that will be available this week are:

Bright Eyes – A 30-minute $10 card bearing the images of four playful pet stamps. The Bright Eyes stamps are scheduled for issuance later this year.

Irises – A 60-minute $20 card bearing the image of the Iris stamp. This stamp was issued in 1993 in a block of five Garden Flowers.

Space Discovery – A 60-minute $20 card bearing the image of one stamp in the panel of five that will be issued on October 1 of this year.

Soaring Eagle – A 180-minute $50 card bearing the image of a 50-cent postal card that was issued in 1995, featuring an eagle flying over a mountain.

Numismatics – A 400-minute $100 card bearing the image of a 29-cent stamp that was issued in 1991 featuring coins and currency.

The Postal Service began selling the Cinco de Mayo FirstClass PhoneCard in San Antonio, Texas, at the first day of issuance ceremony for the Cinco de Mayo stamp on April 16. The phone cards can be purchased either in local post offices or by telephoning 1-800-297-POST.

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