MTS announces free calls to Haiti for two months

No charge for MTS residential and small business landline customers in Manitoba to make calls to Haiti until March 12, 2010

Stock Symbol: MBT

WINNIPEG, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - MTS Allstream Inc. announced today that as part of its continuing support to the relief efforts in Haiti, it will provide free long-distance calling to Haiti for all MTS residential and small business landline customers in Manitoba until March 12, 2010. MTS will also apply this retroactively to January 12, 2010, so residential and small business landline customers who have made long-distance calls to Haiti following the earthquake will automatically receive a bill credit.

"Many MTS customers are trying to reach loved ones in Haiti, and we hope this will allow them to have that much-needed conversation," said Kelvin Shepherd, President, MTS. "As the relief efforts continue, the communications infrastructure should gradually improve to the point where more calling traffic to Haiti can resume, and we hope that MTS customers who want to connect with family or friends can take advantage of this opportunity."

This announcement adds to MTS Allstream's existing campaign to support the relief efforts in Haiti. The company is promoting the relief efforts of the Canadian Red Cross through the creation of a 30-second public service announcement, free air time for the public service announcement on nine consumer television channels in Manitoba, and the free placement of Red Cross advertisements on the MTS TV guide and MTS TV weather channel. Red Cross materials are being distributed to the over 100 retail locations that serve MTS customers across Manitoba. MTS Allstream web sites, including, and, have provided free advertising encouraging Canadians to contribute to the organization's earthquake relief efforts. The company has also donated $25,000 to the Canadian Red Cross.

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 Allstream

MTS Allstream is 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 5,800 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 sponsor of Cindy Klassen, 2006 World Champion and Canada's greatest Olympian, and a proud contributor to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.'s common shares are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). Customers, stakeholders and investors who want to learn more about MTS Allstream services, markets, community commitments and record of creating shareholder value are encouraged to visit:

SOURCE MTS Allstream

For further information: For further information: Media: Michael Bouliane, MTS Allstream Corporate Communications, (204) 941-7733,

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