MINNEAPOLIS, December 20, 2004 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced the Qwest affinity partner program in Minnesota. This program is designed to support fund-raising efforts for community organizations across Qwest?s 14-state local service territory. Participating community groups can generate funds for their organization through the sale of Qwest services, while at the same time offering their members valuable Qwest products and services.
Participating community partners receive monthly commission checks for the sale of Qwest services ? high-speed Internet, wireless, long-distance or Choice TV services ? to their members. Affinity program partners can earn as much as $105 per member, and each member can receive up to $140 in Visa Gift Cards when they purchase qualifying Qwest products. The Visa Gift Cards can be used anywhere Visa is accepted.
?Qwest believes in giving back to the communities in which we provide service,? said Jim Vogel, vice president of sales for Qwest. ?The affinity partner program is a way to provide community-based organizations in our region with an additional source of revenue while also benefiting their members who purchase Qwest products. It?s truly a winning situation for everyone involved.?
Qwest is committed to the success of its affinity program partners, and provides its program partners with dedicated account management and in-market support such as training, assisted sales support and merchandising support. Currently, 20 organizations across Qwest?s region have begun benefiting from the program (two are in Minnesota).
Organizations interested in participating can visit http://residential.qwest-affinity.com/ or call 303-896-0061 to learn more about the program or to enroll.
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