HELENA, March 15, 2004 ? Starting today, Montana small and large business customers are eligible to purchase the complete suite of Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) services, including local and long-distance phone service, as well as data and Internet protocol (IP) services. The approval in Montana marks Qwest?s ability to sell long-distance voice and data services to all customers in Qwest?s 14-state local service region.
The Montana Public Service Commission has approved Qwest?s request to provide Montana customers with competitive rates and services designed to meet their communications requirements. The approval enables Qwest to offer domestic and international long-distance voice and data services to business and residential customers.
Until today, Qwest had not been authorized to provide its entire portfolio of long-distance business services on the Qwest network in Montana.
?Qwest is pleased to offer long-distance services to all customers in Montana,? said Clifford S. Holtz, executive vice president of Qwest?s business markets group. ?Now, Montana customers can choose the services of Qwest?s nationwide voice and data network, which are backed by competitive pricing and the Qwest Spirit of Service for quality and customer support.?
?The availability of these new offerings is the result of the diligence exerted by Qwest and its employees,? said Rick Hays, Qwest state president for Montana. ?With this approval, Montana customers will benefit from cost-effective communication solutions that can enhance operational effectiveness and fuel economic development in communities throughout the state.?
Long-distance Business Products
Businesses in Montana can complement their existing services with Qwest's comprehensive offerings, including state-to-state:
- iQ Networking?
- Business dial access
- Dedicated Internet access
- Frame relay service
- ATM service
- Long-distance switched and dedicated voice solutions
- End-to-end network management and monitoring
- Private line service
- Toll-free and contact center solutions
- Virtual private network
- Web hosting and managed services
Coupled with the expanded communications offerings they can now receive, Montana customers will continue to benefit from the Qwest Spirit of Service? through the convenience of exceptional service quality, clear voice calls and reliable data experiences. Customers will also benefit from additional savings when they purchase a bundle of Qwest services.
For the best possible pricing and volume discounts on multiple services, enterprise businesses can opt for Qwest Total Advantage? or Qwest Voice Advantage?. Qwest Total Advantage allows businesses to create one customized package of local and long-distance voice and data services, and then receive significant cost savings based on total communications spending and term length. For customers interested only in voice services, Qwest Voice Advantage? offers discounted long-distance rates based on a customer's total monthly spending and term commitment.
Long-distance Business Promotions
Qwest is offering several customer promotions to help business customers make the transition to Qwest. Business customers with at least six local service lines and committing to at least $500 per month in switched long-distance voice services may receive a per-minute rate of just $.0425. Businesses with more advanced long-distance needs committing to at least $1,000 per month in dedicated long-distance services may receive a per-minute rate of only $.0225. Both offers are for a one-year term, but multiple year term offers and pricing are also available.
Customers interested in learning more about Qwest voice and network solutions for businesses should call 800-777-9594, or they can contact a Qwest Business Partner in their area. Qwest product details also are available on our Web site at www.qwest.com.
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 47,000 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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