Telecom Leader Selects’s Software-Only Solution as the
Premier Internet Postage(TM) Provider For Its Customers

SANTA MONICA, CA – January 13, 2000 – Stamps.comTM (Nasdaq: STMP), the leader in Internet Postage(TM) and shipping services, today announced a marketing alliance with U S WEST, the largest DSL supplier in the country, to provide’s service to small businesses and consumers across the country.

As part of this new alliance, will offer its free and easy-to-use Internet Postage software through U S WEST’s home page and the company’s Small Business Group. Targeting a similar customer base as — small businesses and consumers — U S WEST reaches 25 million customers in 14 states. is the only Internet Postage service that requires no hardware or metering device and no start-up fees or long term contracts. is also the only Internet Postage provider to offer customer support 24 hours a day, seven days a week by phone, on e-mail and through live messaging.

“Working with a leading telecom company such as U S WEST is significant because it allows us to reach exactly the kind of people who are most likely to find online postage useful: small businesses and individuals who use the Internet,” said Chris Hylen, Sr. Vice President of Marketing at “This new alliance will give us added exposure to DSL subscribers who have small businesses and home offices.”

“Our alliance with will definitely add value to our customers,” said U S WEST Vice President of Marketing Matt Scheuing. “This relationship aligns perfectly with our core business. By integrating’s convenient online postage service with our high-speed DSL Internet access, we are taking true small business & home business solutions one step further.”


Founded in 1996, Santa Monica-based is the only commercially approved true Internet Postage service. The company’s innovative technology eliminates the need for specialized hardware by giving customers the flexibility to print postage over the Internet – securely, accurately and fast. Through partnerships with major companies like America Online, IBM, Microsoft, MindSpring, Office Depot, and 3M, has tremendous reach into the small office/home office and consumer markets. More information about the company can be found at

About U S WEST

U S WEST provides a full range of telecommunications and other services – including wireline, wireless PCS, data networking, directory and information services – to more than 25 million customers nationally and in 14 states. More information about U S WEST can be found on the Internet at


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