Denver, August 31, 2006 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that Qwest Wireless(R) is offering its thinnest-ever wireless phone, offering essential and innovative features and functionality in one slim handset. The new Sanyo 6600 Katana will be available beginning tomorrow in Sapphire Blue and Mystic Black.
Beyond its slim and lightweight silhouette, measuring less than six-tenths of an inch thick and weighing just 3.4 ounces, the Katana is capable of downloading premium applications, including a global positioning application with full-color maps and turn-by-turn directions (with subscription to additional features). In addition, the Katana includes a camera with digital zoom, self-timer and storage for up to 33 high-resolution photos; a large 2.2 inch color internal display; and supports Bluetooth(R) Wireless Technology.
Customers who choose the Katana will have access to Sprint PCS VisionSM with Picture MailSM to browse the Internet and send and receive pictures for free for the first two months of service and just $15 a month thereafter.
"The pocket-sized Katana from Qwest Wireless offers customers the latest in sleek styling and advanced features," said Frank Simanson, vice president of product management for Qwest. "With the most up-to-date GPS technology and multimedia capability, the Katana handset is among the best on the market."
Qwest Wireless customers, including new Katana customers, can receive free on-network calls between their wireless and home phone, and free nights and weekends for calls initiated after 9 p.m. so their minutes go further. These benefits are available on all plans with 500 minutes or more when combined on one convenient bill with Qwest Digital Voice. Plus, with qualifying Qwest long distance and local service, customers get free unlimited night and weekend domestic long-distance calling from their home phone.
Qwest wireless customers can also choose special options so their wireless and Qwest home phone services work together, with one-number service for smart call-forwarding and one voice mail box to retrieve messages with a single call.
Qwest Wireless network services are provided on the Sprint(R) Nationwide PCS Network. A variety of wireless services and handsets are available from Qwest Wireless to fit the broadest spectrum of customer needs, including Internet and e-mail capabilities, global positioning navigational services, music and video download support, and camera and photo storage features, all offered over the Qwest Wireless national network. New and existing customers can visit a Qwest retail store, visit www.qwest.com/wireless or call 1 800-244-1111 for more information.
Qwest offers a unique and powerful combination of voice and data solutions for businesses, government agencies and consumers - locally and throughout the country. Customers coast to coast are turning to Qwest's industry-leading national fiber optic network and its Spirit of Service for quality products and superior customer experience. For more information on Qwest, and its various operating subsidiaries, please go to www.qwest.com.