DENVER, January 7, 2003 - Long-distance phone customers in eight Western states can now benefit from Qwest Communications¡¦ competitive, low rates for residential and small business long-distance phone service (NYSE: Q). The service is available to customers in Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Starting today, customers can take advantage of plans designed to meet specific customer calling needs. With Qwest¡¦s new long-distance offerings, the company continues to deliver the Spirit of Service™ through simple pricing, the convenience of one bill and additional savings for customers who purchase a package of Qwest services.
In addition, Qwest long-distance customers will experience exceptional service quality with clear and reliable calls, simple bills and a renewed commitment to a great customer experience.
¡§The availability of long-distance will allow us to provide our customers with a full suite of services to stay in touch with family and friends,¡¨ said Annette Jacobs, president of Qwest consumer markets group. ¡§We¡¦re proud to re-enter the long-distance market, and look forward to providing our customers with the savings, service and convenience they have come to expect from Qwest.¡¨
"Offering an integrated voice solution is essential for Qwest to remain competitive. Today's announcement by Qwest gives the company potential to deliver the comprehensive set of communications solutions that consumers demand,¡¨ said Meredith Rosenberg, vice president, Yankee Group. ¡§Qwest now has the opportunity to carry the Spirit of Service forward by offering a desirable package of services on one bill, with one touch customer service."
Qwest has created a variety of new long-distance service offerings that allow customers to choose the plan that best meets their needs. Residential plan highlights include:
If you talk a little:
- Qwest® 10 Cent Single Rate Plan ¡V All calls from home within the United States are $0.10 per minute, any time of day, any day of the week. No minimums, no monthly service fees.
- Qwest 7 Cent Preferred Plan ¡V With 30 percent additional savings for customers who subscribe to a Qwest home phone service package, the Preferred plan offers state-to-state calls at $0.07 per minute, and $0.10 per minute for in-state calls with no minimums and no monthly service fees.
If you talk a lot:
- Qwest 5 Cent Saver Plan?· ¡V Designed for customers who spend at least $10.00 per month. State-to-state calls within the United States from your home are $0.05 per minute, in-state calls are $0.10 per minute, with a $10.00 monthly minimum.
- Qwest Unlimited Long Distance Plan?· ¡V For frequent callers, Qwest offers unlimited direct-dialed voice calls from your home phone for one monthly fee of $34.95.
- Qwest Preferred Unlimited?· ¡V Additional savings for Qwest package customers delivers unlimited direct-dialed voice calls from your home for only $30.00 per month.
For the small business, the company now offers:
- Qwest Long Distance Advantage (QLDA) Plan ¡VTargeted at businesses that spend anywhere from a few dollars to several thousand dollars per month on long-distance, the QLDA plan bases long-distance rates on term commitments and the total amount spent on Qwest services per month. Customers agreeing to a one-year term can receive better rates. QLDA offers small businesses the simplicity of one bill and the ability to aggregate all Qwest services and receive very competitive long-distance rates.
- In addition, businesses that sign-up for QLDA within the next 60 days may benefit from an introductory charter rate between five and six cents for state-to-state calls, depending on flexible monthly term and volume commitments. These rates apply to direct dialed calls as well as inbound toll-free service.
Qwest expects to file for FCC approval in five additional states including Arizona, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon and South Dakota, in the first quarter of 2003. Qwest has received FCC approval to sell long-distance in the state of Montana, but has not yet received the approval of the Montana Public Utility Commission to price the service competitively.
For more information about Qwest Long Distance, residential customers please call 1-866-QWESTLD, small businesses call 1-800-350-2466 or visit our Web site at www.qwest.com.
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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 53,000-plus 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.
Qwest 7 Cent Preferred Plan and Qwest Preferred Unlimited Plan available only to Qwest home phone services package customers. Unlimited Plan covers first 5000 minutes of residential, voice use only at which point customer¡¦s use will be evaluated for program continuance. 5 cent Saver plan requires minimum monthly spending of $10. Difference between actual usage charge and $10 will be charged if minimum is not met.
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