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Comverse Technology Affiliate star*home Partners With Vodafone To Create A Worldwide Virtual Home Environment For International Travellers.

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WOODBURY, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 20, 2001

star*home, a Comverse Technology (NASDAQ: CMVT) affiliate and the leader in enhanced services for mobile operators and their roaming subscribers, and Vodafone (NYSE: VOD), the largest global mobile group in the world, have signed an agreement to deliver a Virtual Home Environment for Vodafone users and international visitors to the Vodafone network. Under the terms of the agreement, more than 60 million Vodafone subscribers can benefit from seamless access to their messages, and other value-added services when going abroad.

As a result of their cooperation, star*home and Vodafone are currently offering new services:
-- Home Short Code: subscribers can use their familiar home-network short
numbers to access value added services (VAS) while roaming (such as voicemail,
home customer-care and information services).

-- Global Direct Access: securely delivers subscriber caller identification
data for transparent access to VAS; for example, subscribers can retrieve their
voicemail while abroad by accessing their voicemail boxes directly, in the same
way they do at home.

-- Welcome SMS: visiting travellers will receive welcome SMS messages from
visited networks as soon as they register. These messages will include
information that could be useful to travellers, such as how to dial short
numbers or obtain visitor information.


star*home also offers the potential for additional intelligent and unique services in the future, and will not only create a home environment for mobile users when they travel abroad and choose a Vodafone network, but will help them solve the special needs they may face as international travellers.

Vodafone elected to partner globally with star*home, having already launched successful commercial services and solutions on a number of the group's networks. Friedrich Joussen, Vodafone's Global Products Director, commented, "In keeping with our global product strategy, we want to make it easy for our customers to access their services wherever they roam with Vodafone, but in the past both language and technology have presented a barrier. The current agreement with star*home significantly enhances our ability to offer advanced international services. It also ensures that we retain our competitive edge, as it makes subscribers more likely to choose Vodafone over other networks."

Carmel Sofer, CEO, star*home, added, "We are very excited to be partnering with Vodafone - this co-operation represents a major milestone in our "Home Environment Plus" vision. Vodafone is the world's biggest mobile network operator and could be an important element of the continued success of the star*home global network. We will be able to open up the access to global enhanced services for all Vodafone users, giving them the freedom to travel anywhere in the world and enjoy seamless access to their mobile services at home."

About star*home

Star*home is a world-leading service provider empowering mobile network operators to globalize value-added services for international travellers.

Star*home's global network and advanced technological infrastructure create a Virtual Home Environment for mobile phone users offering seamless access to familiar home services and a new range of global services.

Featuring a privately managed, global IP network, star*home currently connects leading mobile networks around the world.

Star*home provides a worldwide network of mobile networks that enables operators to offer new services to attract international travellers and increase airtime.

Founded in 1999, star*home is an affiliate of Comverse Technology, Inc., an S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100 Index company, a world leader in multimedia telecommunications applications. By leveraging the worldwide network-based enhanced services market leadership of Comverse with star*home's unique combination of global services and network, star*home is strategically positioned to make a major impact on the world of travellers and mobile services.

For additional information, visit Comverse Technology's web site at http://www.cmvt.com , star*home's web site at http://www.starhome.com and a special web site that caters to the needs of international travellers at http://www.starhome.com/travelers
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