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    7-Eleven Calls on Verizon

    New prepaid phone-card program to offer cards as low as 1.9 cents per minute.

    DALLAS -- The country's largest telecommunications company and the country's largest convenience store retailer said they would team up to offer prepaid long-distance calling cards at up to 5,300 7-Eleven stores nationwide.

    7-Eleven and Verizon will offer four prepaid phone cards, including one card exclusively for calls to Mexico. With rates starting as low as 1.9 cents per minute, the cards were designed to give consumers easy options to meet their different calling needs. The four 7-Eleven prepaid phone cards by Verizon include:

    * The 7-Eleven Value+ Card, designed for callers who make longer calls, is available in $5, $10 and $20 denominations. It has a domestic rate of 1.9 cents a minute, with a connection fee of 79 cents per call that is deducted from the value of the card.

    * The 7-Eleven Flat Rate card carries no connection fee, and calls are always 9.9 cents a minute. It is designed for consumers who make shorter calls. The card is sold in $5, $10 and $20 denominations.

    * The $50 7-Eleven Flat Rate card has no connection fee and a domestic rate of 4.9 cents a minute for a total of 1,020 minutes. A five-minute call using this card would cost 25 cents while a 20-minute call would cost 98 cents.

    * The 7-Eleven Value+ Mexico card is designed for calls to Mexico, but also can be used for calls within the United States. Cards for $5, $10 and $20 are available.

    All four 7-Eleven phone cards by Verizon allow calling from more than 60 countries to the United States, Canada and Mexico.

    "Verizon is a dynamic telecommunications company that is working closely with 7-Eleven to create value-added phone-card products," said Tim McCallum, 7-Eleven's director or services. "The combination of Verizon's well-known brand and 7-Eleven's scale and selling power enabled the development of higher quality products for our customers."

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