SOURCE: Payment Data Systems, Inc.

July 17, 2006 06:00 ET

Payment Data Systems, Inc. Announces the Launch of the Carmen Electra Prepaid MasterCard® and the Carmen Electra Gift MasterCard®

SAN ANTONIO, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 17, 2006 -- Payment Data Systems, Inc. (OTCBB: PYDS), an integrated electronic payments solutions provider, announced the Carmen Electra Prepaid MasterCard® and the Carmen Electra Gift MasterCard® are now available for purchase.

The Carmen Electra Prepaid MasterCard and Carmen Electra Gift MasterCard cards are the first series in the company's celebrity prepaid card portfolio. Louis Hoch, Payment Data Systems, Inc.'s President and COO, said, "We very pleased to see this great card enter the marketplace. The factors that make of the Carmen Electra Prepaid MasterCard and Carmen Electra Gift MasterCard cards unique are the competitive pricing, exclusive Carmen Electra content and continuously evolving features and benefits."

In addition to the convenience of being accepted everywhere Debit MasterCard is accepted, the cards include special offers exclusive to card members. Customers can choose from a series of card designs featuring Carmen Electra. The cards can be purchased online at http://www.carmencard.com and http://www.electragift.com.

The Carmen Electra Prepaid MasterCard and the Carmen Electra Gift MasterCard are issued by MetaBank pursuant to a license by MasterCard International.

The Carmen Electra Prepaid MasterCard and the Carmen Electra Gift MasterCard are marketed and administered by Payment Data Systems, Inc. For updates, please see http://www.carmencard.com.

About Payment Data Systems, Inc.

Payment Data Systems is an integrated payment solutions provider to merchants and billers. The organization provides an extensive set of products to deliver world-class payment acceptance. Payment Data has solutions for merchants, billers, banks, service bureaus and card issuers. The strength of the company is its ability to offer specifically tailored solutions for card issuance, payment acceptance and bill payments.

Payment Data is the owner of the electronic bill payment portal, http://www.billx.com, which has the ability to transmit payments to thousands of national billers.

Payment Data Systems, Inc. (OTCBB: PYDS) is a registered ISO/MSP of MetaBank.

Payment Data's intellectual property includes U.S. Patent Number 7,021,530 that relates to bill payments made with debit and stored value cards.

For additional information, visit www.paymentdata.com. Contact Michael Long for Investor Relations information at 210.249.4040 or email at ir@paymentdata.com.

About MetaBank

MetaBank is a federally chartered savings bank headquartered in Storm Lake, Iowa. Meta Financial Group, Inc.® is the bank holding company for MetaBank, MetaBank West Central, Meta Payment Systems®, and Meta Trust Company®. The Meta Payment Systems division of MetaBank based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, serves banks, processors, and third party marketers by providing prepaid cards, credit cards, ACH origination, merchant acquiring, ATM sponsorship, and money transfer. For more information call 605.275.8052 or visit http://www.metacash.com.

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