Qwest Communications has made the move into digital content sales by opening the qZone Digital Content Store, which gives Qwest broadband subscribers access to 1,400 content application downloads, including games and other applications. Customers who download are then billed for the content on their monthly phone bills. Right now, the content is available via personal computer, but Qwest eventually plans to move into downloads for mobile phones (though it may want to figure out who's mobile network it will be using first). Qwest is not necessarily breaking new ground in the field of digital content sales, but this is a strong step forward for a telco that has said it will not pursue IPTV, and needs to investigate other ways to maximize the value of it broadband pipe.
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