Newark, NJ May 14, 2003 – IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT, IDT.C), a multinational carrier, telephone and technology company, today announced the launch of IDT Connect, a new conference calling service. IDT Connect is reservationless conferencing calling for consumers and businesses, priced well below the competition.
“IDT pioneered international call-back, developed Voice Over IP, revolutionized calling cards and now reinvented voice conferencing with IDT Connect,” said Howard Jonas, IDT’s Founder and Chairman. “IDT Connect is a home run for families and businesses. Dollar for dollar, this is the best voice conferencing product on the market. Whether it’s calling cards, long distance service or conference calling, giving consumers the best deal has become IDT’s trademark.”
IDT Connect enables IDT Long Distance customers to initiate a conference call with up to 25 participants. Calls can be made from any phone: home, office, cell or hotel room with toll-free access for just $.07 per minute, per line.
The new conferencing service has no connection, cancellation charges or monthly fees. It features a convenient toll-free number, password protection, an easy to use enrollment process and dedicated customer service. Charges appear on the customer’s regular monthly phone bill.
“IDT Connect is another example of IDT’s growing leadership in the telecommunications industry. Our customers asked for a straightforward and cost effective conferencing tool and we delivered,” said Jim Courter, IDT’s CEO. “IDT Connect is just one of the many enhanced features that IDT will be offering its Long Distance customers over the next few months.”
In October 2002, IDT’s consumer long distance service was given the “thumbs up,” the highest rating given by The Wall Street Journal, in its independent survey of cellular and long distance telephone companies. In a survey of long distance carriers, which reviewed all of the major carriers, including MCI, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon, IDT received the best overall ratings.
IDT Corporation, through its IDT Telecom subsidiary, is a facilities-based, multinational carrier that provides a broad range of telecommunications services to its retail and wholesale customers worldwide. IDT Telecom, by means of its own national telecommunications backbone and fiber optic network infrastructure, provides its customers with integrated and competitively priced international and domestic long distance telephony and prepaid calling cards. IDT and Liberty Media Corporation own 95% and 5 % of IDT Telecom, respectively. IDT acquired the assets of Winstar Communications in December 2001.
IDT Corporation common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbols IDT and IDT.C.
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