OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Feb 25, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Small and large businesses all over the world are benefiting from the convenience of Wi-Fi services. According to ABI Research's WI-FI Hotspots Forecasts, global hotspots in 2008 grew by 40% over 2007. Businesses of all sizes can now turn to EMBARQ for a safe and secure Wi-Fi solution that will help increase mobility and productivity in the workplace.

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EMBARQ(R) Wi-Fi allows employees to get away from their desks and move freely into EMBARQ-connected conference rooms, offices and outdoors using their laptops. Business partners and vendors can also share the wireless connectivity enhancing meetings and work time. Retail, as well as hospitality, healthcare and legal businesses, can share hot-spot capability with their clients, guests, customers and patients.

"Businesses using Wi-Fi networks offer their employees and customers the freedom and convenience needed to get their jobs done," said Michael Suby, director of Stratecast (a division of Frost & Sullivan). "Selecting a company that provides professional installation and enhanced security is crucial. EMBARQ(R) Wi-Fi bundles include these essentials and give their customers a choice of features that matter most to them."

EMBARQ is offering Wi-Fi with the choice of two bundles. EMBARQ(R) Wi-Fi Enhanced provides professional installation, customization, security and outdoor service. EMBARQ(R) Wi-Fi Premium offers all the features of Wi-Fi Enhanced as well as control of access and online duration and revenue generating opportunities allowing businesses to set their price for hot spot usage.

Additional Revenue Benefit

EMBARQ(R) Wi-Fi gives businesses the opportunity to use their wireless network as a way to generate revenue. EMBARQ(R) Wi-Fi Premium subscribers can charge their customers using these services, choosing their own rates and preferred method of payment. This is all controlled by a user-friendly, web management tool. Businesses can also generate revenue by selling advertising on their Wi-Fi network to nearby restaurants and businesses.

"Every business can benefit from what Wi-Fi offers, from coffee shops to college campuses to large businesses," said Susan Sarna, EMBARQ Vice President - Marketing and Product Management. "EMBARQ has provided reliable High-Speed Internet service and high-capacity data to its customers for years. Now we can combine those reliable services with a secure wireless solution."

Security

EMBARQ(R) Wi-Fi comes with security functionality permitting businesses to require its end users to agree to terms and conditions before using the service. Businesses using EMBARQ(R) Wi-Fi Premium will also be able to control user access and duration with an access code that's provided to them.

For more information on EMBARQ(R) Wi-Fi or to download a free whitepaper, visit http://www.embarq.com/wifi.

About EMBARQ

Embarq Corporation (NYSE: EQ), headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, offers a complete suite of communications services. EMBARQ has operations in 18 states and is in the Fortune 500(R) list of America's largest corporations.

For consumers, EMBARQ offers an innovative portfolio of services that includes reliable local and long distance home phone service, high-speed Internet, wireless, and satellite TV from DISH Network(R) -- all on one monthly bill.

For businesses, EMBARQ has a comprehensive range of flexible and integrated services designed to help businesses of all sizes be more productive and communicate with their customers. This service portfolio includes local voice and data services, long distance, Business Class High Speed Internet, wireless, satellite TV from DIRECTV(R), enhanced data network services, voice and data communication equipment and managed network services.

For more information, visit embarq.com.

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