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INFO TOUCH TEAMS WITH COMEDY CENTRAL* AND COX COMMUNICATIONS TO OFFER HIGH TECH E-SERVICE INTERNET KIOSKS AT CIRCLE K LOCATIONS
IN THE PHOENIX, ARIZONA MARKET
Consumers Can Pay Their Cable Bill, Access Driving Directions, Check Out
COMEDY CENTRAL's Web Site And More While Making a Pit Stop at Circle K
NEW YORK, NY, November 29, 2001 -- Thanks to a unique partnership between Circle K, COMEDY CENTRAL, Cox Communications and Info Touch, Circle K stores in the Phoenix area are now offering high tech convenience. Consumers at select Circle K locations in the metro Phoenix, Arizona area can surf the web, send e-mail, pay their cable bill, and access video conferencing and world-wide telephone service.
Circle K owner Phillips Petroleum Co. added 75 kiosks to its stores throughout the greater Phoenix and Philadelphia areas. They plan to eventually put kiosks in half of its 12,000 Circle K and other stores nationally. To locate a participating Circle K, consumers are encouraged to call 800-527-5476.
The new public access Internet kiosks, which are slightly larger than in-store ATMs, will feature the convergence of traditional and new media solutions. The interactive kiosks offer consumers access to the Internet (some sites for free, others accessible for a fee), where they can pay bills, get local news, maps and driving directions. The “Speak Your Mind Portal” provides users the opportunity to record a message such as a funny joke or a commentary on a local issue. The consumer's vignette will then be stored on the kiosk for others to view.
“We are very excited to be working with Cox Communications’ Phoenix cable system on this project,” said Steve Males, vice president affiliate marketing, COMEDY CENTRAL. “With our Web site content and Info Touch’s tools, we hope to provide the Circle K consumer with some entertainment while at the same time making it convenient for Cox customers to pay their bills or sign up for services. In addition, we see this as another avenue for COMEDY CENTRAL to brand our channel and web site outside of the usual promotional means.”
One of the free Internet sites available through the kiosks will be Cox Communications’ Web site where, among other things, customers can access personal account information, make payments and check on service availability. They can also explore special offers and sign up for digital video, voice and high-speed Internet services.
“Teaming up with Circle K, Info Touch and COMEDY CENTRAL enhances Cox’s ability to deliver consumers unparalleled service in this highly competitive market,” said Tony Maldonado, vice president of marketing, Cox Communications Phoenix. “We are committed to pursuing and acting on innovative opportunities that will make consumers’ lives easier and more convenient, and this partnership underscores that commitment.”
Canada-based Info Touch is a leader in Internet kiosk technology and, together with its partner Compaq Canada, has developed and installed 35 kiosks in the Phoenix area. If successful, Info Touch could eventually deploy as many as 650 kiosks across the Phillips/Circle K network in a phase II of the roll out in 2002.
“This new offering is an invaluable addition to the Zaplink e-services centers at Circle K," said Hamed Shahbazi, CEO and chairman, Info Touch Technologies. "Together with Cox and COMEDY CENTRAL, we are entertaining the patrons of one of the largest chain of company-owned convenience stores. Not only is this a fun and exciting entertainment venture for Info Touch, it is also an excellent business opportunity.”
About Circle K
Circle K is a registered trademark of Phillips 66 Company, a division of Phillips Petroleum Company (NYSE: P) or its affiliates. Phillips is an integrated petroleum company with interests around the world. Founded in Bartlesville, Okla., in 1917, the company had annual revenues of $21.2 billion for 2000. Phillips markets gasoline and convenience store products in the United States through a network of over 12,000 retail sites under the Phillips 66, 76, Circle K Exxon, Mobil and Coastal brands. More information is located on the World Wide Web at Phillips 66 , Circle K or Phillips 76
About Cox Communications
Cox Communications, a Fortune 500 company, serves approximately 6.2 million customers nationwide, making it the nation's fifth largest cable television company. A full-service provider of telecommunications products, Cox offers an array of services, including Cox Cable; local and long distance telephone services under the Cox Digital Telephone brand; high-speed Internet access under the brands Cox@Home, Road Runner and Cox Express; advanced digital video programming services under the Cox Digital Cable brand; and commercial voice and data services via Cox Business Services. Cox is an investor in telecommunications companies including Sprint PCS and Excite@Home, as well as programming networks including Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, Outdoor Life and Speedvision. More information about Cox Communications can be accessed on the Internet at www.cox.com
About Info Touch
Info Touch, North America’s leading kiosk technology company, creates Internet-based kiosk applications to extend the reach and product offerings of traditional bricks-and-mortar businesses. Established in 1997, Info Touch delivers its superior public access kiosk technology by identifying and exploiting opportunities that exist between traditional businesses and online ventures. Current Info Touch clients include Cable and Wireless (Caribbean), MCI WorldCom, Telecom Mexico, Telmex, Chapters Indigo Bookstore, Future Shop / Best Buy, Macs/Couchetard, Chase Manhattan Bank, the U.S. Army, Marines Corps and Navy.
About COMEDY CENTRAL
>From groundbreaking classics to cutting-edge originals, including “South Park,” “The Man Show,” “Primetime Glick,” “Win Ben Stein’s Money” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” COMEDY CENTRAL, the only all-comedy network, is currently available in over 77 million homes nationwide. COMEDY CENTRAL, a registered trademark of Comedy Partners, is a 50-50 joint venture of Time Warner Entertainment Company and Viacom. COMEDY CENTRAL’s Internet address is http://www.comedycentral.com .
For more information please contact:
Steve Albani, Corporate Communications
Kelly Miller Grysho, Media Relations
Info Touch Technologies Corp.
Behshad Hastibakhsh, Media Relations
Tel: 604.298.4636, Ext. 250
Toll Free: 888.679.3322
Linear Capital Corp.
(Investor Relations - Info Touch Technologies Corp.)
Toll Free: 1-877-600-6001
Julie Igo, Media Relations