Qwest issues notice to wireless customers

Tue, 08/18/2009 - 8:15am
The Associated Press

Qwest Communications International Inc. said Tuesday it is telling customers that they have two months to find a new wireless provider as the company shuts down that part of its business.

Qwest announced plans to ditch its wireless unit last year. It is offering customers access to the Verizon Wireless network instead.

Qwest announced in May of last year that it had become an agent of Verizon, and last August it started moving Qwest Wireless customers over to Verizon Wireless. The company, which has been using Sprint’s network, says it has successfully switched “tens of thousands” of customers.

The company said there is no termination fee for ending Qwest wireless service, and that any phone number can be carried over to a new provider before the Oct. 31 cut-off date.

As an authorized agent for Verizon Wireless, Qwest also says customers who select Verizon can take advantage of combined billing and exclusive handset offers.

In pre-market trading, Qwest shares fell 6 cents to $3.78.

– Wireless Week’s Monica Alleven contributed to this report.

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