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28 February 2008

Lebara Mobile UK signs up new retail partners

London, UK – 28th February 2008 – Lebara Mobile, a Mobile Virtual Network Operator providing low-cost calls to UK ethnic residents, today announced that its SIM card e-top- up is now available at a total of 68,000 top-up terminals nationwide. Retailers including the Post Office®, Martin McColl, Budgens, Welcome Break and Phones 4u have had their systems configured to sell Lebara Mobile airtime and in doing so, are benefiting from extra revenues and a greater footfall.
Solutions provider partners e-pay, Payzone, and PayPoint were instrumental in bringing these new agreements to market for Lebara Mobile, which launched in the UK in November 2007.
”This is a fantastic result for Lebara Mobile. Part of our overall strategy from the outset has been to have strong eVoucher availability to support our SIM card distribution,” said Robert Gaskin, UK Country Manager for Lebara Mobile. ‘This means our growing customer base can gain even greater access and ease of use in topping up their Lebara Mobile SIM cards.”
Focusing on ethnic communities based in the UK, Lebara Mobile Pay-As-You-Go SIM cards, top-ups and handset bundles give customers the ability to make low-cost national and international calls directly from all standard UK GSM mobile phones. Calls start from as little as 4p per minute to countries including Poland, Romania, Australia, China and the USA.
For further information, please contact:
About Lebara Mobile
Sam Routley / Justin Hayward
MS&L for Lebara Mobile
+44 (0)20 7878 3137 / 3291 [email protected] / justin.hayward@ mslpr.co.uk
Lebara Mobile offers tailored innovative telecommunications solutions so that families, friends and colleagues can keep in touch, both at home and abroad. Lebara Mobile was founded in 2001 as part of the Lebara Group and now has some 600,000 customers Europe wide. The group generates annual sales in excess of EUR 162 million and in the ‘Fast Track 100 listing’, produced by the Sunday Times in 2006, Lebara was ranked as the UK’s fourth fastest-growing private company.
Tel: + 31 (0)20 695 65 00 | Fax: + 31 (0)20 693 74 87 | Web: www.lebara.com
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About e-pay
e-pay, a Euronet Worldwide subsidiary (Nasdaq: EEFT), is the largest electronic payments processor of prepaid mobile airtime top-up services in the UK. Founded in 1999, e-pay focuses on electronic top-up, international phonecards and payment services – with the range of products and services available increasing all the time. For more information, visit the company website at www.e-pay.co.uk.
About Payzone
Payzone is a leading European consumer payments and cash distribution network with operations in 21 countries. The company is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange and headquartered in Dublin. Each year the company processes over 630 million transactions worth more than €13 billion on behalf of its clients. These transactions are handled electronically through Payzone’s network of 240,000 points of service (terminals, vending units and EPOS tills) located at more than 170,000 retail sites across Europe. Payzone also operates approximately 6,000 ATM cash dispensers in the UK and Germany. The company offers a wide range of services including pre-paid mobile phone top-ups, energy pre-payments, bill payments, pre-paid Visa vouchers, local and housing authority payments, pre-paid Visa and MasterCard payment cards, payment vouchers for on-line shopping, gift card and loyalty programmes, transport ticketing, lottery games, parking and electronic road tolling, debit and credit card acceptance, contactless payment solutions and world-wide money transfer services. For further information visit www.payzoneplc. com
About PayPoint
PayPoint is the leading cash and internet payments company in the UK and Ireland, handling in excess of £6 billion in over 470 million transactions annually for more than 5,000 clients and merchants. The company operates with several significant payment streams:
• The PayPoint branded retail network numbers over 19,000 terminals located in local shops (including Co-op, Spar, Costcutter, Sainsburys Local, One Stop, Londis and thousands of independents) in all parts of the UK and Ireland. Terminals handle gas and electricity meter prepayments, cash bill pay- ments, mobile phone top-ups, transport tickets, London Congestion Charges, TV licences and a wide variety of other payment types for all of the leading utilities, telecommunications suppliers and many consumer service companies. This network is used by consumers, free of charge, 8 million times a week. The network has 97.3% population cover on a 1 mile urban or 5 miles rural measure;
• Additional multiple retailer connections into the electronic till systems of nearly 4,000 outlets includ- ing BP, Somerfield and Superdrug for mobile top-ups and selected payments from the PayPoint range;
• The PayPoint ATM network has 1,950 ‘LINK’ branded machines across the UK, also typically in conven- ience stores;
• PayPoint Internet Payment Services, trading as Metacharge and SECPay, provides secure credit and debit card payments for over 4,500 web merchants linking into all the major UK acquiring banks; and
• PayPoint International has recently acquired a Romanian mobile top-up operator to which a bill payment service will be added, emulating the UK branded retail network. PayPoint International also operates Irish bill payment and top-up services.
Tel: + 31 (0)20 695 65 00 | Fax: + 31 (0)20 693 74 87 | Web: www.lebara.com