Speed Dials Long Distance Service

Thu. May 4, 2000 12:00 AM by Business Wire

San Francisco, CA - Rapidly expanding its suite of online and offline communications services,, the leading provider of quality products and services for gay men and women, announced today the launch of its Full Circle long distance phone service.

Five percent of all profits generated from the phone service will be given back to gay and lesbian non-profit organizations and support groups.

Full Circle long distance is an offline phone service for in-state, state-to-state, international long distance, as well as calling card and debit card services. The discount phone service, developed in partnership with VCOM.COM Corporation is fully accessible and maintainable online.

The benefits of this service to customers include viewing their monthly call records and managing their accounts online -- an option where confusing monthly phone bills and writing checks to the phone company become obsolete.

"We have leveraged the bulk buying power of our huge customer base to offer a high-quality, low-rate phone service to the entire gay community online," said Mark Elderkin, president and COO of's parent company Online Partners. "Besides offering a great value to our customers, we are excited that this program is designed to support lesbian and gay community groups and HIV/AIDS organizations." is donating 5 percent of all monthly phone service profits to non-profit organizations and support groups. Project Inform, a national AIDS support group, will be the initial recipient of the donation.

", a leader in online content and community, now has the potential to become an influential, value-added distributor of communications functionality. More importantly, this relationship could extend the loyalty of the user base by devoting a portion of the proceeds to support gay and lesbian causes," said Jordan Rohan, vice president and media analyst at Wit SoundView. "This development further demonstrates the strategic vision of the management team, which has developed products perfectly tailored to its loyal user base. It also shows that the company has set a clear goal of following socially responsible business practices."

Full Circle long distance service expands's communication service offerings, which include free email, voicemail, fax, and pager notification. To order the service, visit the Web site at

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