DENVER, June 16, 2004 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) has launched a new face-to-face sales program designed to help small businesses with their communications needs.
Qwest small-business experts are ?hitting the streets? in 13 Western states to bring information about Qwest small-business solutions to offices, shops and other small businesses. Through the in-person visits, Qwest is helping current and potential customers learn how Qwest?s small-business solutions help businesses be more efficient and ultimately may help them receive the best value for their money. Qwest is highlighting a wide array of communications services ? from local and long-distance voice service to high-speed digital subscriber line (DSL) and nationwide wireless service.
Spanish-speaking small businesses in Denver and Phoenix also will benefit from the convenience and attention of Qwest?s face-to-face visits. Qwest?s bilingual representatives will meet directly with Hispanic small-business owners to support their communications needs.
?In most small businesses, the communications decisions are made by the business owner or an office manager ? usually some of the busiest people in the company,? said Jeffrey Clark, vice president of small business sales for Qwest?s business markets group. ?We understand how valuable their time is and made it easier for them by coming directly to their company and offering to walk them through our plans. Customers appreciate the face-to-face contact and the personal touch we provide.?
Customers who meet with Qwest?s small-business experts have the opportunity to learn about Qwest?s small-business packages including:
- Qwest Choice? Business
- Qwest Choice? DSL
- Qwest Choice? Wireless plans with shared minutes and multiple phones
Like all Qwest services, these small-business packages come with Qwest?s Promise of Value?, ensuring that customers will have the plan that best meets their needs and is the best value for their business. The Promise of Value ensures that customers are getting the most services and features for their money.
Qwest?s small-business customers benefit from more than just Qwest?s solutions. They also have the opportunity to receive valuable special offers and Qwest?s quarterly small- business newsletter, which gives promotions on the company?s newest small-business solutions, as well as informative business tips and case studies of small-business successes.
?Providing our small business customers with these added resources is just another way we are delivering on our Spirit of Service in Action and giving customers what they want,? added Clark.
Small-business customers who want to learn more about Qwest?s Promise of Value and Qwest?s small-business solutions may go to www.qwest.com or call us at 1-800-603-6000. Spanish-speaking customers may contact Qwest at 1-800-603-6000; select the Spanish-language option.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of voice, video and data services to more than 25 million customers. The company?s 46,000 employees are committed to the ?Spirit of Service? and providing world-class services that exceed customers? expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.
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