Denver, August 17, 2000 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced the expansion of its all-digital wireless voice and data service in the greater Phoenix area to include Prescott Valley and Sedona. Qwest expanded its service region earlier this year with the addition of Flagstaff, and the company plans to provide service along the entire Highway 17 corridor by early 2001. Qwest Wireless currently has more than 650,000 subscribers, and serves a total of eight western and mid-western states.
Qwest Wireless is the only wireless company in the nation able to seamlessly integrate wireless voice and data lines with wireline office or home telephone service, paging, and Internet browsing, email and information streaming services previously accessible only by office or home PC. Among the benefits this provides consumers are the ability to use their home phone number as their wireless number, and ease in accessing Internet data remotely using their wireless phone.
"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 for everyone in the greater Phoenix area to stay in touch with the people and information you need," said Peter Mannetti, president of Qwest Wireless.
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. Subscribers only need to dial one number to get all of their voice messages.
- Simplified Wireless Data Access –
- Qwest's enhanced BrowseNow service makes it easy to access the Internet from a wireless phone. BrowseNow subscribers can have a single email address for both their computer and their wireless phone, one set of passwords and one set of bookmarks.
- Qwest's MessagePak 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 subscribers to link their PC, Palm Pilot or other PDA to their wireless phone. Subscribers can connect to their company Intranet, office or personal 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 products and services.
Pricing and Availability
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 three-state home calling area.
- Summer 400 – a $39.99 plan for residential customers that includes 400 local weekday minutes, 1,000 local weekend minutes and long distance at no additional charge for all calls placed within the three-state home calling area, plus a 25 percent discount on a hands-free headset.
These plans, as well as many others, are available throughout Qwest Wireless' coverage area.
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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