Denver, March 21, 2001 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced the launch of Voice CallingSM, a new wireless service that enables callers to use voice commands to make phone calls and access phone lists.
Qwest's Voice Calling lets customers store up to 500 individual contact names and up to five numbers per contact on their wireless phone. Beginning Friday, March 23, the service will be available throughout the Qwest wireless 12-state coverage area.
New subscribers can order Voice Calling for $4.95 per month and will receive Voice Browsing - a service that lets wireless customers talk to the web to hear the latest news, sports scores, weather, flight information and stock quotes - at no additional cost until June, 2001. In addition, existing Qwest Voice Browsing customers will receive Voice Calling at no additional cost until June 2001. Users will be able to seamlessly move from one service to the other through the use of voice commands.
"Voice Calling adds value for our customers, saving them time by allowing them to use simple voice commands to make calls,'" said Peter Mannetti, president of Qwest wireless. "With the addition of Voice Calling, Qwest continues its commitment to provide customers with a comprehensive array of wireless data and voice services."
To access Qwest's Voice Calling, subscribers simply dial "*www" on their wireless handset to access phone numbers from wherever they are, eliminating the need to physically search through an address book, enter text using a keypad, or scroll through an on-screen contact list.
Qwest also offers the following additional wireless features:
- Qwest's One Number Service makes it possible for office or home calls to ring on a customer's wireless phone; and Qwest's Voice Messaging Link offers a single voice mailbox for office or home and wireless phones.
- Qwest's first-in-the-nation "talking Internet" service Voice BrowsingSM provides business locator services and personalized, up-to-date news, sports, traffic, airline, stock quotes and weather information to businesses and consumers.
- Qwest's enhanced BrowseNow(r) service makes it easy to access the Internet from a 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 subscribers to link their PC, Palm Pilot or other PDA to their wireless phone.
Qwest's Voice Calling is powered by BeVocal, a provider of infrastructure software, applications and services.
"We're pleased to be able to provide the next generation of voice services to Qwest's customers," said Mikael Berner, co-founder and CEO of BeVocal. "By integrating its voice content and voice calling services, Qwest is providing the best possible user experience, while extending its leadership as a cutting edge player in the wireless services market."
To hear a live demonstration of voice-activated calling, visit BeVocal booth No. 7511 at the CTIA Wireless show, March 20 - 22 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For more information on Qwest Voice Calling, please call 1-888-281-3400 or visit us at www.qwest.com/wireless.
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