DENVER, JULY 11, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband communications company, today announced that it has more than one million wireless customers. The company said that solid demand for its integrated communication services bundles has helped spur sales of wireless phones and additional wireless data applications.
?We have had extraordinary demand for Qwest wireless service in each of our 12 markets,? said Annette Jacobs, president of Qwest Wireless. "We differentiate ourselves from our competitors with a simple, easy-to-use wireless solution and suite of Qwest services. We have significantly expanded our market presence and continue to see strong sales growth year over year, which set a record in June."
Qwest wireless is the only wireless company able to seamlessly integrate wireless voice and data functionality with wire line office or home telephone service, paging and Internet browsing, e-mail and information streaming services previously accessible only by office or home.
The company has found that integrated and bundled service offerings have helped accelerate demand for Qwest wireless services. More than half of Qwest?s wireless customers choose integrated services such as Qwest's One Number Service or Voice Messaging Link. In addition, during the first quarter of 2001, sales of small business bundles grew approximately 117 percent, while 28 percent of the company?s local customers subscribed to a bundled service - a 44 percent increase over the first quarter of 2000.
By the end of the second quarter of 2002, the company expects to offer long-distance services as part of its business and consumer bundles, after it gains approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to offer these services in the 14-states where it provides local service.
Qwest currently expects to file for FCC approval for one state in the third quarter of this year, and to file for approval in the remaining states later in the year or early next year. Qwest expects to be in the long-distance business in one state by the end of this year and throughout the region in the second quarter of 2002.
In an effort to respond to customer need for value and simplicity, Qwest has several offerings designed specifically for small businesses and consumers. Everywhere Line for Business is a competitively priced bundled service geared specifically to the needs of small and home-based businesses. This unique package features a business phone line with a choice of 24 features including Customer 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, allon one bill. Everywhere Line for Consumers includes a residential phone line, voice messaging, and a choice of calling features such as Caller ID and Talking Call Waiting as well as the customer's choice of deluxe wireless plans and free domestic wireless long-distance from the home calling area.
As a leader in the wireless industry, Qwest continues to develop user-friendly data applications. The company is considered to be one of the most aggressive carriers - regional or national - in adopting voice -activated services for its subscribers. Last November, Qwest wireless was the first carrier to offer Voice Browsing services and this past April, the company launched VirtualDesk-the first talking e-mail, address and calendar service over a wireless phone.
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