DENVER ? April 19, 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 Lewiston, Idaho.
Qwest wireless offers both voice and data functionality including voice messaging, voice and Internet browsing, and email and information streaming services previously accessible only by office or home PC. ?Qwest Voice Browsing not only lets customers talk to the Internet, it lets the Internet talk back using a wireless phone,? said Peter Mannetti, president of Qwest wireless. ?You don?t even need a computer. You simply ask for the information you want and Voice Browsing will deliver it to your wireless handset in seconds.?
Qwest wireless offers competitive price plans, Caller ID and Three-Way Calling as well as the following:
Simplified Wireless Data Access ?
*Qwest's first-in-the-nation "talking Internet" service Voice Browsing SM 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 subscribers dial *www (*999).
*Qwest Voice Calling SM, available in conjunction with Voice Browsing, enables callers to use voice commands to make phone calls and access up to 500 individual contact names and up to five numbers per contact on their wireless phone.
*Qwest?s enhanced BrowseNowâ 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.
*Qwest?s MessagePakSM sends word messages, numeric messages and a personalized selection of Internet news and information directly to a Qwest wireless phone.
8Qwest?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. The network was built in partnership with Alcatel, Ericsson, Nortel Networks, and Tekelec.
Pricing and Availability
In addition to Lewiston, Qwest wireless is available in several cities across Idaho, including: Sandpoint, Coeur d' Alene, Idaho Falls, Caldwell, Nampa, Boise, Twin Falls and Pocatello. In addition, customers who have Qwest wireless service in Lewiston benefit from a three-state home calling area that includes Idaho, Washington and Oregon.
Qwest wireless offers a variety of price plans that allow customers to tailor the service to meet their individual needs. Current plans include an expanded home coverage area, which allows callers to use their monthly pool of minutes anywhere within the Qwest wireless footprint in 12 states without incurring roaming charges. Plan highlights also 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/Voice Calling ? 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. In addition they can use voice commands to make phone calls and access up to 500 individual contact names.
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 visit 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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