OMAHA, Neb., February 27, 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 Omaha, Council Bluffs, Fremont and Lincoln. Qwest wireless currently has more than 800,000 customers, and with the addition of Nebraska and Council Bluffs, will serve a total of 12 western and mid-western states.
Qwest wireless is one of the only wireless companies able to seamlessly integrate wireless voice and data functionality with wireline office or home telephone service, messaging, voice and Internet browsing, and email and information streaming services previously accessible only by office or home PC.
?Previously, customers in Omaha and its surrounding communities needed multiple phone numbers ? office, home, wireless, and pager numbers ? and accessing email or information from the Web or company Intranet was difficult if you weren?t at your desk,? said Peter Mannetti, president of Qwest wireless. ?Now, whether you?re a businessperson who can?t afford to miss a call, a parent who needs to be accessible to your children, or a mobile professional who needs access to your company Intranet, email or the Web while away from the office, Qwest wireless makes it simple to stay in touch with the people and information you need.?
Qwest wireless offers airtime packages, Caller ID and Three-Way Calling, and 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 BrowseNowâ 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 MessagePaksm 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.
Unique Home Calling Areas ? Beginning immediately, Qwest wireless customers can call from their Home Coverage area to any location in Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota toll free. Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska Qwest wireless customers will enjoy a home calling area that provides toll-free calling to any point in those states from within a Qwest wireless service area.
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.
Pricing and Availability
Qwest wireless is now available in the Omaha, Council Bluffs, Fremont and Lincoln regions. Qwest wireless offers a variety of price plans that allow customers to tailor the service to meet their individual needs. Plan highlights include:
*Business 500 ? a $39.99 monthly rate includes 500 local weekday minutes, 1,000 local weekend minutes and long distance at no additional charge for all calls placed within the home calling area.
*Winter 500 ? a $39.99 plan for residential customers that includes 500 local weekday minutes, 1,000 local weekend minutes and long distance at no additional charge for all calls placed within the home calling area.
*Voice Browsing ? for only $4.95 per month (plus minutes of use from monthly plan), customers can ask for and listen to information they need, such as stock quotes, weather, sports, and news.
These plans, as well as many others, are available throughout Qwest wireless? coverage area.
Customers interested in signing up for the new service can call 800-222-3772. In addition, Qwest will be opening a one-of-a-kind retail store in Omaha at 7204 Jones Street. This "best in class" store will allow customers to experience ?one-stop shopping? for all their telecommunications needs, including wireline and wireline service, ISP offerings, data and DSL service.
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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