For Immediate Release, April 14, 1998, FALLS CHURCH, VA — GlobalPhone announced today a more convenient way to pay for telecommunications services in local currency: Western Union Quick Payment. Many foreign customers desire to pay for GlobalPhone services upon receiving their bills without having to account for mail delays or exorbitant wire-transfer fees. The Western Union option allows customers to pay for GlobalPhone services at any Western Union branch worldwide — GlobalPhone receives payment within minutes of the transaction. GlobalPhone provides low international rates to thousands of customers by routing calls over fiber-optic U.S. phone lines.
To pay for GlobalPhone services through Western Union, customers visit any Western Union location (30,000 worldwide) and complete a simple form, including amount of payment and their GlobalPhone account number. A Western Union agent then collects your payment in local currency and it is received by GlobalPhone within minutes. The agent will provide a dated receipt and an official Western Union transaction number as proof of payment. The will be available in sixty-two countries as of 1 November 1996.