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GLOBAL LINK.COM $3.5 MILLION GEMSTONE GIVEAWAY; Promotion Leads to World's Largest E-Commerce Site Launch on May 6th.

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 16, 1999--

Global Link.Com announced today the start of its Global Link.Com $3.5 Million Gemstone Give Away to promote the launch of its major new web service, Digital Heaven-Everything for Everybody(SM). Between now and May 18, 1999, the company will give away thousands of precious and semi-precious gemstones to visitors to

Five Super Grand Prize winners will each receive a 100+ carat gemstone. Thousands of .5 to 4 carat gemstones will also be awarded. One in 100 entrants will win, and every entrant receives a free email account.

The Gemstone Giveaway is sponsored by USA Global Link, Inc. the world's leading provider of innovative international telecommunications and web-based e-commerce services.

"Why give away gemstones?" asks Marc Freeman, Senior Vice President, USA Global Link. "Because Global Link.Com will be a site full of gems-information, commerce, trade and community. On the infrastructure side, USA Global Link is currently deploying the world's most sophisticated IP-based communications network, the Global InterNetwork(SM). Now, with Global Link.Com, we are building a uniquely enabled and powerful portal to ride on the advanced functionality of the Global InterNetwork backbone. This is an unprecedented combination of function and content."

The Gemstone Giveaway ends on May 18, 1999 at midnight Pacific Daylight Time. A complete entry form and the official Gemstone Giveaway rules are available at

Digital Heaven-Everything for Everybody

On May 6th, Global Link.Com will launch Digital Heaven-Everything for Everybody, a major new e-commerce site at In addition to e-commerce offerings, the site will feature free global email, weather, national and local news, stock information, web-search capabilities, a unique community bulletin board system, horoscopes and classifieds.

Digital Heaven-Everything for Everybody will be available in 18 different languages and upheld by a sales force of more than 3,000 agents in 120 countries worldwide. The site will be supported by an integrated 3Com, Siemens and Global Crossing IP backbone, and a state-of-the-art Compaq server farm featuring advanced load balancing for heavy usage.

"The motto of the Digital Heaven web service is 'Everything for Everybody'," says Freeman. "Global Link.Com and Digital Heaven represent a powerful leap to significant new levels of commercial and community potential on the web. Major advertisers have already recognized the enormous opportunity of Global Link.Com and are onboard."

About USA Global Link & Global Link.Com

USA Global Link, a privately-held company, has pioneered the provision of innovative international telecommunications and web-based e-commerce services for customers in more than 170 countries and territories. Since 1992, USA Global Link, has been a leader in alternative, innovative global telecommunications strategies, including discount international long distance, Global 800(SM) toll-free numbers, phone-to-phone IP (Internet protocol) telephony and wholesale Global Refile(SM) services. USA Global Link also offers full-featured corporate travel and prepaid calling card programs. With its ingenious Instant Call(SM) technology, a web-based e-commerce service, the company has secured a leading position in the Internet/telephony integration arena.

First launched in March 1997, USA Global Link's Global InterNetwork is the world's first international, facilities-based communications network based on IP technology. When this ubiquitous multi-billion dollar, high-speed fiber-optic and wireless network is fully deployed, practically every major city in the world will host a Global InterNetwork switching center, delivering cost-efficient data, voice, fax, video and broadband multimedia services. The company has partnered with 3Com Corporation, Siemens Information and Communication Networks Inc. and Global Crossing Ltd. to meet the advanced technology demands of the Global InterNetwork deployment.

USA Global Link, has been a prominent player in introducing competition into the international telecommunications marketplace through its active membership in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva, Switzerland, and the U.S. Department of State's International Telecommunication Advisory Committee (ITAC). The company is a founding member of the Voice on the Net Coalition (VON Coalition), and the European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA) in which it holds a board seat.

Global Link.Com, Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of USA Global Link, Inc. USA Global Link is headquartered in Iowa, Colorado, California and The Netherlands.

Global InterNetwork, Global Refile, Instant Call Button, Global 800, Global Link.Com, Digital Heaven- Everything for Everybody are service marks of USA Global Link, Inc. All rights reserved.

NOTICE TO EDITORS: To arrange an interview with Global Link.Com regarding the GEM GIVE AWAY, contact Matt Hockin, 503/245-5951, Hockin can also arrange interviews pertaining to the launch of Digital Heaven starting May 6th.
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