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ChatCard Online v5.0 improves order-processing performance of ChatCard and eChatCard maritime crew calling services. Provided tools, used for managing entire ChatCard user base, optimize efficiency and cost-containment of crew-communications services. Specifically, ship managers can activate/deactivate cards, review status/usage of all cards, obtain/reload card balances, and transfer unused balances.

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Stratos Introduces ChatCard Online 5.0 to Enhance its Prepaid Crew Calling Services

- New version provides ship managers and Stratos Channel Partners with improved order-processing performance -

BETHESDA, MD, Dec. 3 -- Stratos Global Corp., the leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions, today introduced ChatCard Online 5.0 to improve the order-processing performance of its popular ChatCard and eChatCard maritime crew calling services. In the coming weeks, Stratos will seamlessly migrate all ChatCard Online customers to ChatCard Online 5.0.

Stratos ChatCard is a flexible and affordable way for shipping companies to enable crewmembers to stay in touch with family and friends while at sea - via voice, email, SMS and now prepaid Internet access via the recent introduction of ChatCard Data on emerging Inmarsat technologies. A prepaid calling card that can easily be reloaded online, ChatCard can be used on all Inmarsat and Iridium terminals, including FleetBroadband. A single ChatCard can be used with multiple satellite phones, providing greater flexibility to crewmembers and ship managers.

ChatCard Online 5.0 provides ship managers with a powerful tool for managing their entire ChatCard user base, offering optimal efficiency and cost-containment of crew-communications services. The application enables ship managers to: activate and deactivate cards; review status and usage of all cards; obtain card balances and reload any card any number of times; and transfer unused balances to another card.

Among its new features and enhancements, ChatCard Online 5.0 offers more efficient processing of ChatCard reloads, as well as order-processing times that are up to three times faster than the previous version.

"ChatCard Online 5.0 makes our ChatCard services easier to administer. It is the latest example of our commitment to using valuable customer feedback to improve the performance of our crew-calling services," said Stratos Maritime Marketing Manager Michiel Meijer.

ChatCard Online 5.0 is the latest addition to The Stratos Advantage portfolio of value-added services. Stratos incorporates The Stratos Advantage into each total customer solution. These field-tested services give ship managers the confidence that they will attain the highest possible performance and support from their remote voice and data solutions.

The Stratos Advantage services provide users with cost control, firewall management, full traffic information, pre-paid facilities, high security options, easy VPN access, messaging services and full IP range. The Stratos Advantage services include Stratos Dashboard, Stratos Trench firewall and AmosConnect messaging for business and crew.

About Stratos

Stratos is the world's trusted leader for vital communications. Stratos offers the most powerful and extensive portfolio of remote communications solutions including mobile and fixed satellite and microwave services. More than 20,000 customers use Stratos products and industry-leading value-added services to optimize communications performance. Stratos serves U.S. and international government, military, first responder, NGO, oil and gas, industrial, maritime, aeronautical, enterprise, and media users on seven continents and across the world's oceans. For more information visit

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