DENVER, CO and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) and Verizon Wireless announced today they have signed a 5-year agreement for Qwest to market and sell Verizon Wireless service beginning this summer. Financial terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.
Under the agreement, Qwest customers will have access to the full line of Verizon Wireless handsets, smartphones and BlackBerry devices, as well as high-speed broadband wireless services for e-mail, Internet access and multimedia services. Residential customers will be able to choose "wireless only" and be billed directly by Verizon Wireless, or include Verizon Wireless service as part of a Qwest bundle with their home phone, Internet and video services, and receive one bill from Qwest for all services.
"We are excited to be partnering with Verizon Wireless and believe this opportunity will enhance the Qwest customer experience," said Ed Mueller, Qwest chairman and CEO. "Verizon Wireless' strong reputation in innovation, network quality and reliability, and superior products and services was very attractive in our decision to deliver state-of-the-art mobile solutions to consumer, business and government customers. Qwest's strategies for success certainly will benefit from this deal and we look forward to a solid relationship with Verizon Wireless."
Qwest residential customers will be able to buy Verizon Wireless products and services via Qwest's call centers, Qwest's retail stores and kiosks, and online at Qwest.com. Once billing systems are coordinated, residential customers will be able to elect to have their Verizon Wireless service charges included on their Qwest bill. Qwest customers will receive information in the near future about the Verizon Wireless products and services that will soon be available to them.
In addition, the companies will work together on bidding for enterprise and government wireless contracts, and collaborate in the development of converged services, such as a unified voicemail box for mobile and landline as well as integration of Qwest's IP networking solutions with Verizon Wireless' mobile data network for business and government customers.
"We welcome the opportunity to provide Qwest customers with the best wireless service available," said Lowell McAdam, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless. "The quality and reliability of our network, coupled with our broadband capabilities, leading line-up of advanced communications devices and reputation for customer satisfaction will make a huge difference in their wireless experience."
About Qwest Qwest offers a powerful combination of award-winning broadband, video and voice solutions for residential customers, businesses and government agencies. Customers coast to coast turn to Qwest's industry-leading national fiber optic network to meet their evolving communications and entertainment needs. Qwest employees are the driving force behind the company's nationally recognized Spirit of Service. Qwest is a participant in Networx, the largest communications services contract in the world, to provide innovative voice, data and video services, and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by a leading technology industry analyst firm. For more information on Qwest please visit www.qwest.com. For information about the products and services Qwest is offering in the Networx contract, visit www.gsanetworx.com.
About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 67.2 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 69,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, go to: www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
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