Spokane, Wash., June 23, 2004 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that it has opened two company retail stores in Spokane. The move is part of a region-wide retail expansion, which brings the total number of new Qwest locations to 27. The company has three locations in the Puget Sound area and has also opened stores in Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah since April.
Qwest?s first-of-its-kind retail concept focuses on a unique service environment: the Qwest Solution Center?. This retail setting makes Qwest the only communications provider to offer personal, face-to-face assistance for a full spectrum of communications choices all in one place.
At these new Qwest Solution Centers, customers can sample and purchase products and talk to experts about Qwest wireless, high-speed Internet service, home-phone packages and long-distance service. Additionally, the centers will offer technical assistance and minor repairs for wireless handsets, answer billing inquiries, assist with feature changes and have a convenient bill drop location. Spokane Solutions Centers are located at North Town Mall and Spokane Valley Mall.
?More people rely on the conveniences of communication technology today than ever before,? said Jim Vogel, vice president of channel sales for Qwest. ?By offering Qwest services, such as high-speed Internet and wireless phones, in a hands-on environment, we are bringing these choices closer to everyone and ensuring that the services are as easy to purchase as possible.?
Making Qwest services available at retail locations is another example of Qwest?s Spirit of Service ? the company?s commitment to deliver excellent service and the best value to customers every day. In addition, Qwest offers MyAccount services at www.qwest.com, which bring customer-friendly service tools to the Web, including click-to-chat assistance and free online bill payment.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of voice, video and data services to more than 25 million customers. The company?s 46,000 employees are committed to the ?Spirit of Service? and providing world-class services that exceed customers? expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.
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