Millions of people trust Western Union to send money. There are over 486,000 agent locations worldwide in over 200 countries and territories. Western Union telegrams were transmitted through a store and forward message switching system. Early versions were manual telegraph systems. Later systems using teleprinters were semi-automatic, using punched paper tape to receive, store, and retransmit messages. Plan 55-A, Western Union's last paper tape based switching system (1948 - 1976), was fully automatic, with automatic routing. Under the First Data Corporation Western Union company existed until 2006. Innovation, trust and convenience remain the hallmark of our business as we continue to position Western Union to compete in a fast-growing global market.