Another MVNO Bites The Dust: Qwest Discontinues Wireless Service

Over and out for the MVNO model?

Qwest has this morning announced that it will be shutting down its Wireless service on Oct. 31, 2009. Formerly in bed with Sprint, Qwest started offering the wireless service in collaboration with Verizon just over a year ago. Under the agreement, Verizon Wireless phones and services were offered to Qwest’s residential and business customers.

Qwest customers who switch to a new service provider within the 60-day period will be able to transfer their wireless phone numbers to their new provider of choice, and there is no early termination fee when disconnecting from Qwest Wireless.

According to the fact sheet (PDF), Qwest started transitioning Qwest Wireless customers to Verizon
Wireless in August 2008 and has since switched “tens of thousands of customers”.

More information is available here.