Denver, April 7, 2008 – Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced the launch of qZone, a digital content store with more than 1,400 PC games and software applications available to Qwest broadband subscribers at www.qwest.com/qzone. The initial qZone offering allows Qwest customers to download and purchase the games and applications, adding the charges directly to their Qwest bill without having to re-enter sensitive banking information.
qZone gives customers access to top computer games, including 18 Wheels of Steel: American Long Haul, Bejeweled 2 Deluxe and Mystery Case Files. The site also offers dozens of software applications such as Web page development software, a DVD player with creator functions, popular foreign-language learning tools and other educational software. Games and applications on qZone are regularly updated so customers always have access to new items to discover and download.
“At Qwest, qZone marks the beginning of our convergent content capabilities, which we see as the next generation of bundling,” said Ken Rambo, product director at Qwest. “As more customers bundle broadband, Digital TV and wireless services, they are also looking for simple and integrated content experiences, and Qwest is bringing those elements together for them seamlessly.”
Qwest understands that customers want an integrated communications and entertainment environment both inside and outside of the home, and offering content across multiple devices, including wireless phones, set-top boxes, consoles and PCs, is the key to keeping customers engaged and connected. qZone was built on an integrated platform that is unique in the industry because it will allow Qwest the capability to offer digital entertainment and software products on multiple devices at home or on the go.
“As Qwest's digital content and entertainment offerings expand beyond PC content, the integrated digital content platform will allow customers to receive cross-product content bundling on their monthly Qwest bill,” Rambo said.
Qwest has partnered with Mountain View, Calif.-based Cellmania, a recognized leader in the mobile content management marketplace, to build the bundled, multi-platform offering. Qwest is the first company to offer the multi-platform solution, and is now live with the PC platform atwww.qwest.com/qzone.
Qwest offers a powerful combination of award-winning broadband, video and voice solutions for residential customers, businesses and government agencies. Customers coast to coast turn to Qwest's industry-leading national fiber optic network to meet their evolving communications and entertainment needs. Qwest employees are the driving force behind the company’s nationally recognized Spirit of Service. Qwest is a participant in Networx, the largest communications services contract in the world, to provide innovative voice, data and video services, and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by a leading technology industry analyst firm. For more information on Qwest please visit www.qwest.com. For information about the products and services Qwest is offering in the Networx contract, visitwww.gsanetworx.com.