BILLINGS, Mont., February 23, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced the launch of its all-digital wireless voice and data service in Billings, Montana.
Now Qwest wireless customers in Billings will join existing Qwest wireless customers in Montana, Colorado and Wyoming who have the ability to make toll-free calls to any point in those states from within a Qwest wireless service area. Billings joins Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Missoula and Helena as part of the Montana Qwest wireless network.
Qwest wireless was the first company to seamlessly integrate wireless voice and data functionality with wireline telephone service, paging, Internet browsing, e-mail and information streaming services previously accessible only by office or home PC.
?Qwest wireless makes it easy for busy people to stay in touch and get the information they need ? no more missed calls from clients or the kids, and you can access the Web, e-mail, or even a company Intranet, on the go,? said Peter Mannetti, president of Qwest wireless.
Qwest wireless offers competitive price plans, Caller ID and Three-Way Calling as well as the following:
Fully-Integrated Wireless and Wireline Service ? Qwest?s One Number Service makes it possible for office or home calls to ring on a customer?s wireless phone. To turn the feature on or off, customers simply press a few numbers on the wireless handset. Qwest?s Voice Messaging Link offers a single voice mailbox for office or home and wireless phones. Customers only need to dial one number to get all of their voice messages.
Simplified Wireless Data Access ?
Qwest's first-in-the-nation "talking Internet" service Voice Browsing provides business locator services and personalized, up-to-date news, sports, traffic, airline, stock quotes and weather information to businesses and consumers. Qwest Voice Browsing customers dial *www (*999).
Qwest?s enhanced BrowseNow(r) service makes it easy to access the Internet from a wireless phone. BrowseNow customers can have a single email address for both their computer and their wireless phone.
Qwest?s MessagePak(SM) sends word messages, numeric messages and a personalized selection of Internet news and information directly to a Qwest wireless phone.
Qwest?s Dial-Up Access enables customers to link their PC, Palm Pilot or other personal digital assistant (PDA) to their wireless phone. Customers can connect to their company Intranet, office or personal Internet service provider (ISP), or use their phone for fax connections whenever and wherever they want.
Qwest wireless? network is based on an open, multi-vendor architecture that costs less to deploy than single-vendor systems and enables the company to quickly expand its portfolio of Internet-based services. The network was built in partnership with Alcatel, Ericsson, Nortel Networks, and Tekelec.
Availability and Pricing
Qwest wireless is now available in six Montana cities: Billings, Missoula, Great Falls, Helena, Butte and Bozeman. In addition, the new Qwest retail site is the only store in Billings to offer customers all the Qwest solutions they need in one location.
?Our new Montana store is the first in the state to offer this ?one-stop shopping? opportunity to customers,? said Mannetti. ?Now customers can get started with wireless and shop for a variety of the Qwest solutions at the same time.?
Qwest wireless offers a variety of price plans that allow customers to tailor the service to meet their individual needs. Current plan highlights include:
Consumer Shared 300 ? a $49.99 monthly rate gives two callers 300 local weekday minutes and 500 local weekend minutes, and free long-distance for all calls placed from customer?s home calling area. Also includes unlimited calling between the two customers? wireless phones and free Voice Browsing for a limited time.
Winter 1200 ? a $29.99 plan for residential customers that includes 200 weekday minutes and 1000 weekend minutes. This offer is available through February 26.
Business Shared 1200 ? for $139.99 two callers receive 1200 anytime minutes, unlimited calling between the two customers? wireless phones, free calls to their business phone, and Qwest business voicemail service on combined bill accounts.
Rant & Rave 2250 ? for only $39.99, students receive 2000 weekend/evening and 250 weekday minutes. Domestic long-distance, voicemail, MessagePak and Voice Browsing are included as a part of this plan.
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 (888) 879-0611 or visit us at www.qwest.com.
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.
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