MetroPlus Communications Technology, Inc., a division of NP Energy Corporation , is pleased to announce the signing of a marketing agreement with The Ultimate Cigar Company.
Ultimate announced today the launching of its Web Access Card program for the United States and Canada. Web Access Cards are a direct marketing tool distributed through convenience stores. It allows Internet based companies to market in the real world in a measurable and cost-effective manner. Customers purchase the Web Access Card and register for fulfillment on the Internet through a Web site called Red Hot Access.com. After registering the customer is hyperlinked to the participating Internet company’s Web site. Offers can be price discounts, savings or special access to selected areas of a Web site.
MetroPlus, based in Vancouver, BC, is building its own marketing and licensing system for phone-to-phone Internet Telephony. Internet Telephony uses the Internet to send audio between two telephones in real time. MetroPlus has signed a Letter of Intent for a sixteen-city network with IPVoice.com (OTC:BB:IPVC), a developer and producer of unique proprietary state of the art software and hardware solution for use in IP Telephony. IPVoice.com’s premier product is an Internet Gateway named “TrueConnect(TM)”, a fully Y2K compliant gateway that allows users to conduct real time full duplex, high quality two-way voice communication over the Internet.
Using the IPVoice.com system, MetroPlus will be able to generate its own prepaid Internet Telephony phone card. Marketing and distribution of the phone card is critical to the Company. The Web Access Card program has the potential to reach thousands of convenience stores through distribution with Ultimate and its partners. Ultimate is underway with marketing the program to convenience store chains in the United States and Canada.
MetroPlus will have the opportunity to market Internet Telephony to 30 major markets across the United States and Canada. MetroPlus will begin marketing in the cities as soon as a final agreement is reached with IPVoice.com and the 30 gateways in place.
“In developing our Internet Telephony strategy, we felt two aspects were very critical to its success. First, we needed to partner with a company providing superior technology. IPVoice.com is that company. Secondly, we needed to have a marketing plan that was measurable and effective. We feel the Web Access Card program has the potential to be a huge success in the market place. We wanted to get our marketing plan together and feel we can offer a viable program,” said Mark Jensen, Marketing Director for MetroPlus.
MetroPlus has a Letter of Intent with IPVoice.com to be a TruePartner Master Distributor, a license program for operating Internet gateways through IPVoice.com. MetroPlus is granted exclusive territories in Canada, Washington and Oregon. There are 16 primary cities involved in the agreement. MetroPlus will have active gateways in the next twelve months in Canada in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. In Washington State, MetroPlus will operate gateways in Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, the Tri Cities and Vancouver. In Oregon, the company will be in Albany, Beaverton, Eugene and Portland.
Signing of the final agreement between MetroPlus and IPVoice.com will take place in June.Details