RAPID CITY, S.D., August 20, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband communications company, today announced the expansion of Qwest service offerings in Rapid City, S.D, to include an all-digital wireless voice and data network.
Qwest Wirelessä is the only wireless company able to seamlessly integrate wireless voice and data services with a customer?s office or home telephone service, paging and Internet browsing services. In addition, Qwest offers wireless e-mail and information-streaming services previously accessible only by office or home PC.
?Qwest Wireless offers superior digital voice quality and clear calls when and where you need to communicate,? said Annette Jacobs, president of Qwest Wireless. ?Our innovative voice and data solutions make it easy to keep in touch with the people and information you need.?
Qwest's integrated solutions include One Number Service, which gives customers the option to receive home or office calls on their wireless phone; one voicemail box for all calls; and one bill.
Qwest has found that customers benefit from the convenience and savings that integrated and bundled services offer. According to a recent MIT study, South Dakota customers could save even more - as much as $16.6 million a year - when Qwest re-enters the long-distance market in the state. Once the company is approved to re-enter the long-distance business, Qwest will be able to offer a complete bundle of services that includes long distance, wireless, Internet and local services - all with the convenience of a single bill.
Improving customer service is an integral part of Qwest?s efforts to re-enter the long-distance business in its 14 local-service states. Workshops, designed to prove that Qwest has met the 14-point checklist necessary to re-enter the long-distance business, have been completed in 12 of the 14 states. Final state commission decisions supporting Qwest?s compliance are scheduled to be approved in these states later this year. The workshops are forums in which Qwest works with competitors and state commissions to address literally thousands of issues related to the openness of Qwest's network for competitors.
Today, Qwest has numerous offerings designed for small businesses and consumers:
Simplified Wireless Data Access
- Qwest Virtual DeskSM allows you to listen to or read your e-mail and calendar, as well as access the Internet and other desktop applications from your Qwest Wireless phone.
- Qwest Voice Browsing is a "talking Internet" service that provides business locator services and personalized, up-to-date news, sports, traffic, airline, stock quotes and weather. Qwest Voice Browsing subscribers dial *www (*999).
- Qwest MessagePak sends word messages, numeric messages and a personalized selection of Internet news and information directly to a Qwest wireless phone.
Everywhere Line for Business is a competitively priced package featuring a business phone line with a choice of 24 features, including Caller ID, Call Waiting, Three-Way Calling, wireless services with 650 anytime minutes per month and no domestic long distance charges or roaming charges when calling from within Qwest's wireless coverage area, all on one bill.
Pricing and Availability In the Midwest, Qwest Wireless is available in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota and Nebraska. Qwest offers a variety of price plans that allow customers to tailor the service to meet their individual needs. All Qwest plans include a 13-state expanded home coverage area. Current plan highlights include:
Deluxe Plan ? a $34.99 plan for residential customers that includes 300 weekday minutes, plus 3000 evening and weekend minutes, free Qwest Voice Messaging service and no domestic long-distance charges on the Qwest network.
Family Shared Plans ? a $59.99 monthly rate gives two callers 400 shared weekday minutes and 400 shared weekend minutes, and free long distance for all calls placed from the customer?s home calling area. Also includes unlimited FREE calling between the two customers? wireless phones and to/from the billed home telephone number.
Business Shared Plans ? Businesses can manage expenses by balancing heavy wireless users with light users on up to 200 phones while enjoying FREE calls between plan participants in the Qwest service area. In addition, if the wireless account is on the same bill as the business' Qwest wireline account, calls to the main billed telephone number on the account are also FREE.
These plans as well as many others are available throughout Qwest Wireless coverage areas. For more information on Qwest Wireless offerings and coverage areas please call 1 (800) 222-3772 or visit us at www.qwest.com/wireless.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. The Qwest Macro Capacity® Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed and efficiency, spans more than 113,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.
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