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Comverse Introduces Real-time Billing Solutions 4.6;

Includes Multiple Identities Feature To Streamline Management Of Multiple
Accounts On A Single Handset

Solution Incorporates Real-time Billing Capabilities To Attract New Market
Segments Such As Family Plans And Enterprise Packages

NEW YORK, NY, February 8, 2004 Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology,
Inc. (NASDAQ: CMVT), and the worlds leading supplier of software and
systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communication services,
today announced the availability of Real-time Billing Solutions 4.6, which
provides operators with the ability to offer personalized and flexible
family and enterprise plan packages, by leveraging the capabilities of a
real-time solution. The new solution also integrates Comverses Multiple
IdentitiesTM software, a feature that enables a subscriber to separate
their personal and business lives while maintaining a single number and a
single handset.

Comverses Real-time Billing Solutions 4.6 provides subscribers with the
power of personalization by tailoring a billing package that is appropriate
for their type of use. The new Real-time Billing Solutions 4.6 offers
carriers a simple, responsive and adaptable billing solution that manages
risk in real-time and is designed to enhance overall carrier revenue

With the Multiple Identities solution, a subscriber is able to enjoy the
benefits of multiple independent accounts with discrete service plans on a
single handset.

Howard Woolf, President of Comverses Real-Time Billing Division, said,
While employers provide their staffs with modern handsets, many of them do
not permit the use of data/content services. This restriction translates
into lost revenue for the operators. By using Comverses Multiple
Identities solution, employees could switch to personal accounts with the
press of a button, allowing them to use data and content services on their
personal accounts. This capability enables companies to control the way
employees use their phones, while allowing employees the freedom to use the
enhanced services available on their handsets at their own expense. The
solution also has other practical uses, such as enabling parents to manage
their children's usage and communications expenditure.

Real-time Billing Solutions 4.6 benefits enterprises by offering cost
efficiency, risk and account management functionality and personalized
accounts bundled with Virtual Private Network (VPN) services.

Family plan users also benefit through the elimination of frustrations
related to excessive use, by being able to take advantage of discount
opportunities based on combined usage of the entire family, and by
obtaining a single invoice for viewing the spending habits of all family
members included in the billing plan. With Comverses Real-time Billing
Solutions 4.6, the group manager actively manages, defines and adjusts a
set of shared balances.

For example, a parent can give one child a monthly allowance of 100 family
talk minutes and 20 SMS messages. A corporation may give their employees a
set allowance of anytime minutes, but unlimited calling to others within
the company. In either case, usage of the group is tracked in real-time
and incentives can be sent to the family or corporation when they near an
award threshold, continued Woolf.

In selecting a solutions provider, we were searching for a flexible system
that would meet our extensive billing needs, said Jean-Claude Bintz,
Co-CEO and Director of VOXmobile, a 3G operator in Luxembourg. Comverse
provided us with the flexibility to custom tailor a real-time billing
solution, as opposed to our having to select a pre-fabricated system that
required expensive customization.

Comverse has risen to the challenge and created a billing solution that
can bring real-time control to group plans, said Pascal Koster, Co-CEO and
Director at VOXmobile. The companys consistent approach to billing and
overall experience in the market allowed us to create efficient family
plans and enterprise accounts that are unlike that of any other carrier.

Comverses Real-time Billing Solutions 4.6 uniquely empowers the end user
by offering enhanced control and real-time information updates on personal
and group account spending, said Paul Hughes, Director, Billing and
Payment Application Strategies at market research firm Yankee Group. The
account owner can thus mange all accounts in real-time with no surprises.
Carriers can now tap a growing legion of families and enterprise users who
have an increased need to manage wireless spending. Comverses Real-time
Billing Solutions 4.6 brings the end-users optimization of usage within a
group to a whole new level.

About Comverse Real-time Billing

The Comverse portfolio of Real-time Billing Solutions, including Prepaid,
Converged, Electronic Recharging and Mobile-Payments, enables the rapid
delivery of personalized voice and data services to all subscribers.

Comverse Real-time Billing Solutions are providing real-time authorization,
rating and charging to network operators in more than 50 countries using an
open architecture that supports every major signaling standard, including
CAMEL II, CAMEL III, IS-826, and OSA/Parlay. It operates with all major
networks, including TDMA, CDMA, GSM, and 3G.

A pioneer in converged billing, Comverse combines pre- and post-paid voice
and data rating and charging into a single real-time process to reduce
financial risk, and minimize operating costs. Comverse provides the ability
to quickly launch promotions based on real-time information enabling
one-to-one marketing that attracts subscribers.

About Comverse

Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMVT), is the
worlds leading provider of software and systems enabling network-based
multimedia enhanced communication services. These value-added enhanced
services solutions, along with the companys real-time billing solutions,
comprise the companys Total Communication portfolio. Comverses Total
Communication portfolio addresses four primary categories: call completion
and call management solutions; advanced messaging for groups, communities
and person-to-person communication; solutions and enablers for the
management and delivery of data and content-based services; and real-time
billing and account management solutions for dynamic service environments.
Other Comverse Technology business units include: Verint Systems (NASDAQ:
VRNT), a leading provider of analytic software-based solutions for
communications interception, networked video security and business
intelligence; and Ulticom (NASDAQ: ULCM), a leading provider of service
enabling signaling software for wireline, wireless and Internet
communications. Comverse Technology is an S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100 Index
company. For additional information, visit the Comverse Web site at or Comverse Technologys Web site at .

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