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Credit Union 24, a surcharge-free ATM network for credit unions, has signed a multiyear deal with Cardtronics Inc.'s Allpoint surcharge-free network following a successful trial that created the nation's largest surcharge-free ATM network for credit unions. Ben Psillas, president of Allpoint, the nation's largest surcharge-free ATM network in terms of machines for banks and credit unions, declined to disclose details of the agreement, However, he says Allpoint's ATMs will be "pulled into" Credit Union 24's network, which has 18,000 machines nationwide. Allpoint's network has 32,000 machines nationwide. The two companies are calling the network CU Here Premium. "CU Here Premium is only for credit unions," a Credit Union 24 spokesperson tells ATM&Debit News, a CardLine sister publication. "The banks have their [surcharge-free ATM networks], and we have ours." CU Here Premium network is nearly three times larger than Bank of America Corp.'s network of more than 18,490 machines that only the bank's own customers may use surcharge-free. BofA operates the nation's largest bank-owned ATM network. Allpoint, which is based in Bethesda, Md., and Credit Union 24 introduced CU Here Premium last December for what was scheduled to be a one-year trial. "These programs help tilt the playing field for credit unions," Jim Park, Credit Union 24 president and CEO, said in a statement. Credit union 24 is based in Tallahassee, Fla.

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