The Smart Money Is On Smart Cards

For U S West Inc., the Telecard is fast becoming the most popular Seattle export since the coffee bar. It looks like a credit card, but embedded in it is a microchip that can be "loaded" with digital cash for use in pay phones throughout Seattle. By next summer, 16,000 specially equipped pay phones in five cities will accept the cards. Now the company is talking with retailers. It's a win-win situation: Consumers get added convenience; U S West gets the promise of higher revenues.

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