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April 1, 2000

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Perfect Timing

I am a distributor of prepaid phone cards in Baltimore, Md. My volume is high
enough that I decided to make my own cards. I’m right now searching for carriers
and so on. The timing of PHONE+ Prepaid (March issue) couldn’t have been
better. Thank you.

William Z. Rivkin
Conquest Communications

Pulsating Forward
I like the addition (and edition–pun intended!) of PHONE+ Prepaid.
(You asked for input in "The Letter.") Interesting features, nice
layout–very professional! As you stated, this is an ever-growing part of the
industry. Way to keep your finger on the pulse!

Stu Berkowitz
Executive Account Manager
Macrologic, Inc.
([email protected])

Show Me the Pre-Paid Money

I read your articles on prepaid cards. Very interesting. Some of the
companies in the PHONE+ Prepaid section are guilty of selling thousands
of cards while neglecting to pay the payphone provider compensation for allowing
the customer to use the card on a payphone.

They even collect a 50-cent fee off the card while telling the customer it is
required to pay the payphone provider. Great, where is it? It’s in their

There are cards in the article that I have found around my phones, however I
have not been compensated by that company. When you find a way to promote
payment to the payphone providers, do it!

I believe when you do an article you should check out the whole show. These
people are stealing from the vendors and they are getting an extra 50 cents to

I am a small operator with only six telephones. Last quarter I had over
16,000 calls placed through my phones, of which 97.5 percent used calling cards.
I received compensation for 437 calls. I was paid for two calls by the people
who are bragging about how many cards they are selling.

I will not enlarge my route until we get the thieves out of the business. I
am doing my part by informing every agency that has anything to do with

Names from every calling card I find is being forwarded to those agencies. I
hope for a better future.

William D. Nevills
NevCom Communications,Inc.
([email protected])


In February’s issue of PHONE+, the article "Rid Yourself of
Platform Snooze: Prepaid Rage is Way to Robust Future," incorrectly
identifies AmeriCom Communications and its website address. The correct website
is www.amrcom.com.

In the CompTel Dailies and in the March issue of PHONE+, the URL for
Williams Communications was incorrect. It should be www.williamscommunications.com

Finally, in the March PHONE+, Broadview Networks Inc.’s (www.broadviewnet.com)
new vice president of sales for agent and affiliate channels, Richard D.
Rothman, was incorrectly identified.

We apologize for the errors.


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Special Issues

PHONE+ Long Distance Carriers and Resellers Source Book is a semi-annual
directory of carriers, resellers and support service providers in the long
distance industry.

PHONE+ 1999 Annual Industry Directory is a definitive source of telecom
service and equipment providers, covering all facets of the telecom industry
from billing to switch manufacturers and more.

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carriers, resellers and agents in the world’s newly competitive regions with
in-depth business technology and market information.

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