Seattle, May 31, 2006 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced new bundle pricing that gives customers an additional cost-savings incentive to bundle their Internet, television and digital voice (local and long distance) services.
The new bundle price is $86.97 plus taxes, after a one-time mail-in rebate for an incremental $10 per-month discount for 15 months on DIRECTV(R) TOTAL CHOICE(R) service with more than 155 all-digital channels. Customers also receive a $100 mail-in rebate for a free Digital Video Recorder (DVR), free installation on DIRECTV and a 30-day service guarantee.
The offer includes: high-speed Internet access through a dedicated broadband connection and digital voice (local and long distance) service and is available through September 4, 2006. Pricing is based on one-room DIRECTV(R) system. In addition, customers can add a 500-minute nationwide Qwest Wireless plan for $23 more, for a total monthly price of $109.97 for the entire bundle of services, plus taxes.
"We've made it easy for customers to bundle their products and get the most value for their money," said Kirk Nelson, Qwest president for Washington. "Washington customers get reliable, high-quality service at a price that we believe our competitors simply can't match."
Qwest was the first communications provider in its 14-state local service region to launch a four product bundle. The company introduced its popular product bundles in May 2005 because customers wanted the savings, simplicity and flexibility of Qwest's telecommunications and entertainment services. Sales of voice packages plus three products have increased by more than 100 percent and sales of packages plus four products have increased nearly seven times since launch.
"Combining voice, video, broadband data and wireless in a single package with a single bill, Qwest's multi-product bundling strategy provides a compelling value for its customers," said Current Analysis analyst David Hold. "Qwest's increased sales numbers demonstrate just how attractive these discount packages are to consumers."
Qwest High-Speed Internet service provides great value for customers with super-fast performance (up to 5Mbps). With MSN Premium(R) included at no additional charge, Qwest customers receive the best in security features, such as McAfee Virus Scan and Firewall, MSN(R) Parental controls, Webroot(R) Spy SweeperTM for MSN, and pop-up and junk e-mail guards. Plus, MSN delivers industry-leading e-mail services, including 11 e-mail accounts, MSN Messenger, MSN Virtual EarthTM, MSN Money and much more ? all free. With new options for wireless home networking available, and speeds up to 89 times faster than a dial-up connection, there has never been a better time to upgrade to Qwest High Speed Internet with MSN Premium(R).
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), through its operating subsidiaries, is a leading provider of high-speed Internet, data, video and voice services. With nearly 40,000 employees, Qwest is 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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