Qwest To Offer DSL Without Voice

Qwest Communications International Inc. today announced that it will begin offering a DSL service on February 28 that allows customers to purchase Qwest DSL regardless of whether they have a voice phone line with Qwest or not. Qwest is the first major telecommunications company to make this service available to customers.

“Customers are telling us that they want greater flexibility when it comes to selecting communications services, which is why we decided to offer DSL with no phone service,” said Richard C. Notebaert, Qwest chairman and CEO. “This new offering gives customers the choice to select only the services and features they need and want. Stand-alone DSL is part of our larger effort to improve customer satisfaction and to build a solid long-term relationship with customers.”

Qwest customers now have a number of options when it comes to choosing communications services. For example, a mobile, on-the-go customer might want to just purchase wireless and DSL services from Qwest, and they now can do that. Other customers might want the simplicity of all of their voice, video, wireless and data services on one bill and receive a greater discount. The Qwest Choice package delivers all of that to customers.

Stand-alone DSL also complements Qwest’s plans to extend its Voice over the Internet (VoIP) offering. As the company previously announced, by the end of 2004 Qwest plans to offer consumer VoIP services in 14 Western states, and now consumers will be able to get these services regardless of whether they have a Qwest local telephone line or not.

As part of this industry-leading service, customers can purchase Qwest Choice DSL Deluxe with MSN Premium without Qwest phone service for $49.99 per month. Customers who want to select an Internet service provider (ISP) other than MSN can purchase Qwest Choice DSL Deluxe without phone service for $33 and then select their ISP of choice (Qwest has more than 450 participating ISPs region-wide).

In addition, customers who purchase Qwest Choice DSL Deluxe with MSN Premium or Internet Prime and also purchase either a qualifying satellite package through Qwest* or any Qwest wireless package will receive a monthly $5 discount on their DSL package. (Customers who purchase a qualifying satellite package through Qwest also will receive a monthly $5 discount on their satellite service.)

For questions about availability, packages or pricing, or to order Qwest DSL, please call 1-800-244-1111 (residential customers) or 1-800-603-6000 (small-business customers). Customers also can visit http://www.qwest.com/jump/dsl/ to quickly determine whether their line qualifies for DSL.