HELENA, MT, May 16, 2007 Starting today, wireless phone users can help raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer by purchasing pink wireless phones from Qwest Communications International Inc (NYSE: Q) and SANYO. Ten percent of all retail sales of the phones through October will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, with a minimum donation of $50,000 up to a maximum donation of $100,000. The Komen Montana Race for the Cure takes place on May 19.
These stylish and fun phones by Qwest and SANYO are available at approximately 100 Qwest retail locations in Qwest's 14-state service area. In addition to Qwest retail locations, the new phones will be sold through Qwest call centers and online at www.qwest.com.
"A key to our success at Komen for the Cure is that we collaborate with a variety of organizations to provide creative ways for people to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer," said Cindy Schneible, vice president of resource development at Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "We are proud to have the opportunity to partner with Qwest and SANYO to allow wireless phone users to make a bold statement about breast cancer awareness and a valuable contribution to breast cancer research and community outreach programs."
"This is the pink phone with a heart," said David Gibson, Qwest's president for Montana. "We are proud to work with SANYO to advance this important cause, and we hope our pink phones become another symbol of Komen for the Cure's important work in our community."
With three different models to choose from, Qwest customers can choose the pink phone that fits their individual style. The sleek, ultra-slim SANYO Katana(R) offers Bluetooth wireless technology, a built-in digital camera, and a high-resolution 2.2-inch color display. The SCP-2400 and SCP-3100 offer high-quality speakerphones and walkie-talkie-style communication for keeping in touch with family and friends.
"We are proud to partner with Qwest Wireless(R) for the second year to support Komen for the Cure and the pink phone program," said Andy Kodera, senior vice president and general manager of SANYO Fisher Company's Wireless Communications Division. "Almost everyone carries their wireless phone with them on a daily basis; the pink phone with Qwest is a great way to get people talking about the program and to express support for breast cancer awareness wherever they go. Also, the funds raised by the sale of these pink phones will support Komen's research and outreach programs.?
Qwest and SANYO will release two additional pink phones that will be part of this partnership later this summer.To locate a Qwest retail store go to www.qwest.com.
About Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-800 I'M AWARE.
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SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. is a $23 billion manufacturer and distributor of consumer electronics and commercial equipment, including multimedia and telecommunication products. SANYO Fisher Company (a division of SANYO North America Corporation, a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.), based in Chatsworth, California markets wireless phones, audio systems, portable and mobile electronics, televisions, dictation devices, digital camera/camcorder combinations, home appliances, LCD projectors and security video equipment. For more information, visit SANYO Wireless Communications online at www.SANYOwireless.com.
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