Denver, October 30, 2000 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced that Qwest Wireless is the first carrier in the U.S. to deliver a "talking Internet" service over wireless phones. Qwest Voice Browsing provides business locator services and personalized, up-to-date news, sports, traffic, airline, stock quotes and weather information to consumers and small businesses in eight western and midwestern states. The service will be available starting November 1, 2000.
Qwest leveraged BeVocal's hosted software, applications and services to deploy Voice Browsing.
"By leveraging BeVocal’s applications and hosting technology, Qwest is the first carrier to bring a voice portal product to market," said Peter Mannetti, president of Qwest Wireless. "Qwest Voice Browsing not only lets subscribers talk to the Internet, it lets the Internet talk back over a wireless phone. Customers do not need a computer - they simply ask for the information they want and Qwest Voice Browsing will provide answers within seconds. Also, our product is delivered without advertising so consumers won't waste valuable minutes from their calling plans."
Qwest Voice Browsing subscribers dial *www (*999) to use the service and receive audio access to the following:
Location & Travel Services:
- Worldwide Flight Information - up-to-the-minute flight information on major domestic and international carriers, covering more than 15,000 flights per day
- Nationwide Traffic Updates - real-time traffic information for the 65 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S.
- Worldwide Weather - updates and extended forecasts throughout the U.S. and for major international cities
- Nationwide Business Finder - search engine for locating over one million businesses nationwide representing 2,000 popular brands
- News - audio feeds providing the latest national and world headlines, as well as regular updates for business, technology, finance, sports, health and entertainment news
- Sports - up-to-the-minute scores and highlights from the NFL, Major League Baseball, NHL, NBA, college football, basketball and hockey. Plus, regular updates for tennis, auto racing, golf, soccer and boxing
- Stock Quotes - personalized portfolio information from the NYSE, NASDAQ, and AMEX exchanges
"We are delighted to announce Qwest Wireless as our first wireless customer," said Mikael Berner, co-founder and CEO of BeVocal. "Our Total Voice Portal Solution helps carriers differentiate their service offering and generate additional revenue by providing their subscribers with location-based, personalized and timely information. By bringing the Internet to the mobile phone, Qwest is extending its leadership as a cutting edge player in the wireless services market."
Pricing and Availability
Under an introductory promotion, Qwest Voice Browsing's $4.95 per month charge will be waived until January 31, 2001 for both current and new subscribers. Qwest Voice Browsing can be accessed only while using the Qwest Wireless network. Consumers may order the service online at www.qwestvoicebrowsing.com, by calling Qwest at 1-800-222-3772 or at one of Qwest's 17 retail stores.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband Internet-based 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 104,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.
BeVocal is an award-winning provider of voice infrastructure software, applications and services that extend the power of every phone. BeVocal is the first company to create voice portal applications that can be personalized based on a caller's location, delivered to any device and customized via an open development platform. Telecommunications companies and businesses rely on BeVocal's automated phone solutions and scalable hosting network to offer millions of callers intelligent dial tone services for retrieving information, managing messages and conducting transactions simply by speaking. BeVocal is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, for additional information call 408-748-8700 or visit www.bevocal.com.
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