No charge for MTS residential and small business landline customers in Manitoba to make calls to Japan until May 11, 2011

MTS Allstream Inc. announced today it will provide free long distance calling to Japan for all MTS residential and small business landline customers in Manitoba. MTS will apply this retroactively to March 11, 2011, so residential and small business landline customers who have made long distance calls to Japan following the earthquake will automatically receive a bill credit.

Kelvin Shepherd

“With the ongoing complexities of the devastation in Japan it’s important that people are able to reach one another,” said Kelvin Shepherd, President, MTS. “We hope that free long distance calls will enable more of our MTS customers to get in touch with their loved ones at this critical time.”

MTS residential and small business landline customers will be able to reach friends, family and colleagues in Japan free of charge until May 11, 2011.

Consistent with MTS policies on long distance calling, this offer is intended to support the personal calling needs of customers and is not available for resale or other enterprise commercial purposes.

About MTS
MTS is a division of MTS Allstream Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. As one of Canada’s leading national communication solutions companies, MTS Allstream provides innovative communications for the way Canadians want to live and work today. The Company has more than 100 years of experience, with 5,500 employees across Canada dedicated to a mission of delivering true value as seen through the eyes of our customers. MTS Allstream has nearly two million total customer connections spanning business customers across Canada and residential consumers throughout the province of Manitoba. The Company’s extensive national broadband and fibre optic network spans almost 30,000 kilometres. MTS Allstream is a proud contributor to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.’s common shares are listed on Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). Customers, stakeholders and investors who want to learn more about MTS Allstream are encouraged to visit: http://www.mtsallstream.com/.

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