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Nationwide Wireless Calling

Qwest today introduced its nationwide wireless voice service for residential and small business customers. For the first time, Qwest wireless customers can choose competitive national or state service plans.

Qwest's nationwide calling plans start as low as $24.99 for 200 minutes when customers combine wireless with any other Qwest service on a single bill. In addition, the company today will begin promoting the plans in television and print advertising featuring Qwest employees and customers, including hockey great Wayne Gretzky.

"Incorporating nationwide wireless calling into our Qwest Choice bundle creates one of the industry's most compelling offers for customers," said Richard C. Notebaert, Qwest chairman and CEO. "This new wireless offer is part of our larger plan to provide customers with greater choice and flexibility when it comes to selecting communications services."

All Qwest nationwide plans include the following exclusive integrated features at no extra charge for customers who have a Qwest home or office phone:

Additionally, both residential and small business customers can choose from the most competitive shared plans available, including free calls between wireless phones on the plan and free calls to their Qwest wireline phone.

Qwest's existing wireless data services, including two-way text-messaging, are available now as part of any new plan. New advanced data services, including picture phone capabilities and downloadable ring-tones and games, will be introduced beginning in early April.

Beginning this month, current Qwest customers will be contacted regarding their service transition to the new plans. Most will have the option of transferring to a comparable plan with new national coverage. If customers wish to sign up for a national plan prior to their transition date, they may contact a Qwest customer service center. Current wireless customers in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming will remain on existing Qwest wireless plans until later this year.

"Qwest has taken a meticulous approach to bring this new national offering to customers," said Roger Entner, program director for the wireless/mobile services practice at The Yankee Group. "By focusing on a smooth transition, and continuing to deliver on their service commitments, Qwest has the opportunity to bring a new standard of wireless choice to customers in their region."