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2thefore Group plc (OFEX: BABO), the provider of Internet-based communication services and software, has upgraded the online payment system on its core VoIP internet telephony service – babble - to DataCash.

With 96,000 registered users, babble is a rapidly expanding software-based internet communication service that allows babble users to talk to each other, and other VoIP SIP-based system users for free. It also allows low-cost calls to be made to standard landlines and mobiles.

“Our aim is to make communication through babble as easy, flexible and enjoyable as possible for customers. DataCash is helping us do just that,” said Allan Howes, Chief Executive of Group plc. “As well as providing total security in the transaction process, it’s vital that our customers find the payment options simple, fast and convenient. We are delighted to be able to draw on DataCash’s specific knowledge and range of applications in the online payment arena as we continue to grow our business.”

Currently processing over 7 million transactions a month, DataCash provides outsourced payment processing solutions for the real time authorisation and settlement of credit and debit cards, corporate purchasing cards, private label store cards, direct debits, direct credits and cheques.

Commenting, Gavin Breeze, Business Development Director for DataCash, said: “babble is an exciting new company that is using developments in the latest communications technology to deliver innovative services to customers. The company came to us looking for a payments provider with the ability to deliver a range of simple and flexible multi-channel payment options. We look forward to supporting babble’s development as they continue to increase their fast-expanding customer base.”

babble expects to launch the latest version of its web based service in May 2006.

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Notes to Editors

For information about babble, please contact:

Allan Howes ( Group plc) 020 7101 1200
Toby Hall/Jade Mamarbachi (gth media relations) 020 7153 8035/8039

For further press information, please contact:

Glen Goldsmith
2thefore Ltd
Tel: 01403 254 242
Mob: 07812 766338

For information about DataCash, please contact:

Russell Wilkinson
Tel: 0870 72 74 76 1

About Babble - Group plc provides the babble™ internet telephony service. babble is a software application and internet communication service that supports voice over internet (VoIP) calls to landlines, mobiles and other internet-based users. The application provides users with a simple and easy way to communicate from their PC, allowing users to talk, send instant messages (chat) and SMS text messages directly from their desktop. As a software-based application it can be downloaded and used by anyone with a PC and an internet connection, anywhere in the world. Babble has nearly 100,000 registered users and has been awarded a Silver Award, second to Skype, in the UK’s leading internet magazine WebUser ahead of BT, Yahoo and others, with babble being voted ‘best value’ overall.

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DataCash –

DataCash provides outsourced solutions for the authorisation, settlement and fraud management of credit and debit cards as well as direct debits, direct credits and cheques. DataCash's fraud management solutions support industry initiatives such as 3-D Secure (Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode) as well as rules-based fraud screening. Transactions are accessible to merchants through a real-time MIS Reporting suite.

DataCash's solutions are suitable for merchants selling through any channel, including High Street Point of Sale, the Web, Interactive TV, Kiosk, Call Centre and Interactive Voice Response. DataCash works with partners, such as IBM, to provide mid-tier retailers with Cardholder Present Chip and PIN solutions.

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