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Windstream Joins CarrierQuoteShop.com

CarrierQuoteShop.com, a free multicarrier quoting portal for independent telecom agents, has added Windstream Corp. to the list of service providers it supports. Under the arrangement, Windstreams agents will have access to real-time pricing for data T1, bonded T1, data DS3, integrated voice and data, PRI, local voice and Ethernet via the Web-based tool.

CarrierQuoteShop was released by master agency Telarus Inc. at the Spring 2010 Channel Partners Conference & Expo with six carrier partners, including MegaPath, XO Communications, Telnes Broadband, TelePacific Communications, One Communications and AireSpring. It added Cavalier Telephone in July 2010 and Nitel last month.

Based on GeoQuote, the patented real-time quoting software developed Telarus, the new portal gives agents access all low-end broadband and voice pricing for products that include data T1, bonded T1, data DS3, integrated voice and data, PRI, local voice, and Metro Ethernet products (under 10mbps).

Access to  CarrierQuoteShop is open to agents who are directly contracted with Windstream or indirectly contracted with Windstream through any master agent.

An independent agent signs up for a free account at www.CarrierQuoteShop.com. The agent then applies for permission to run quotes with each carrier in their portfolio. The request is sent to the carrier, who has the ability to “accept” or “reject” each request. After approval is granted, that carrier’s quote feed is instantly added to the agent’s CarrierQuoteShop price quote tool.

“We are very excited to have a platform that will expose our advanced communication offerings to a much wider audience,” said John Leach, Windstreams senior vice president of business solutions, in a press statement. “CarrierQuoteShop.com enables agents to access pricing for our services when they need it, which will improve their responsiveness, while also allowing Windstream to streamline its support costs without sacrificing quality.”

Windstream provides communications services in 23 states and about $4 billion in annual revenues. Windstream provides phone, high-speed Internet and high-definition digital TV services. The company also offers a range of IP-based voice and data services and advanced phone systems and equipment to businesses and government agencies.


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