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Qwest to Stop Wireless Service on October 31

Qwest International Inc. will stop providing wireless phone service on Oct. 31, as the company seeks to exit from the wireless business.  Last year, the company began transitioning its wireless customer base to Verizon Wireless, and last month, Qwest said that over 75% of its wireless customer base had migrated to the Verizon Wireless network.  Last week, Qwest announced it would not compete in the first round of broadband stimulus bidding, citing ARRA’s rule structure.

The company said it would give customers 60 days notice to switch their service to a new provider, and will waive early termination fees.  Earlier this year, the company explored a sale of its long-distance network, but has decided hold on to the network when it did not recieve a “fair offer.”

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