NOW Communications Changes Company Name to Tempo

New name reflects the ease of buying prepaid and lifeline services at your pace

Atlanta, Ga. – June 5, 2013 – Birch Communications announced today that its prepaid and lifeline
division, NOW Communications, has been officially rebranded as Tempo. The company will continue to
provide the same high quality landline prepaid and lifeline services as before, but will soon be adding
additional wireless prepaid and lifeline products and services.

“We feel this name change better reflects how we now serve our customers,” said Vincent M. Oddo, Tempo president and CEO. “Tempo literally means ‘pace’, reflecting the fact that our prepaid and lifeline products and services are designed to match the pace of each of our customers’ lives. We believe that everyone deserves access to high quality communication services — simple no-contract prepaid and lifeline services with features and prices that fit their lifestyle and budget.”

Tempo products and services are backed by our award-winning customer service and operations teams that are located in the United States. For the past 17 years we have provided our customers with the personal attention and service that they deserve.

“’Communications at your pace’ is our new tagline which reflects our commitment to providing superior communications service that fits our customers’ lifestyle,” added Oddo. “Tempo truly puts its customers in control, with plans that meet every budget, including no deposits, contracts, or credit checks and with over 20,000 convenient payment locations. Tempo provides a simple, hassle-free customer experience.”

“We are listening closely to our customers,” added Oddo. “Our customers are demanding more value and more choice in prepaid and lifeline products and services and we are here to give them the options they desire. Look for the Tempo brand to enrich the lives of its customers – at their pace.”

Tempo—is the preferred choice for thousands of consumers of prepaid and lifeline services with availability in 18 states and with over 20,000 convenient payment locations.

About Tempo (previously NOW Communications)

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Tempo is the prepaid division of Birch Communications, Inc. Tempo is a leading provider of prepaid and lifeline communications services, offering both wireless and landline services. Tempo serves customers in 18 U.S. states with over 20,000 convenient payment locations.

About Birch Communications

Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., Birch Communications provides IP-based communications and cloud services to small and medium-sized businesses in select metropolitan areas across the United States. Birch services include: local and long distance voice, broadband Internet access, T1, PRI, bonded T1, PRI & DSL, SIP trunking, hosted PBX, wireless voice and data, hosted e-mail & applications, voicemail, and many other communications and cloud services. Birch voice and broadband services are, in most cases, delivered using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology on the Company’s secure IP-Network rather than over the public Internet.

According to Inc. 500|5000 magazine in its 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2004 rankings, Birch is one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. In 2010, Birch was also named the 7th fastest growing private business in Atlanta, and in 2011 as one of the Top 100 Private Companies in Atlanta, by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Please visit for more information.