Vidéotron Ltée

March 29, 2005 09:19 ET

Videotron Announces Good News for Laval Residents: Residential Telephone Service via Cable Comes to Laval


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MARCH 29, 2005 - 09:19 ET

Videotron Announces Good News for Laval Residents:
Residential Telephone Service via Cable Comes to Laval

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 29, 2005) - After the
unprecedented success of the launch of telephone service via cable on
Montreal's South Shore in January, Videotron is continuing the roll-out
of the new service and is pleased to announce the its residential
telephone service is available in Laval as of today.

Laval residents who subscribe to the new service will enjoy substantial
discounts on their phone bill, especially if they are already Videotron
customers. They will also be able to obtain residential telephone
service, cable and Internet from a single provider, and enjoy the
advantages of one-stop shopping at Videotron: one call to customer
service, one technician, one bill for all their services.

Subscribing is as easy as 1-2-3

Subscribing to Videotron's new residential telephone service couldn't be
easier: customers can keep their existing telephone number, equipment
and access to most of the services they are accustomed to, such as call
display, voice mail, call waiting, assistance (0, 411, 911, 611), long
distance and calling cards.

A great offer: service starting at $15.95 per month, with free
installation

Videotron's new residential telephone service delivers noteworthy cost
savings. For most customers who already subscribe to two Videotron
services (classic cable, digital cable or cable Internet access), a
basic residential line starts at just $15.95 per month and installation
is free of charge. Subscribers will be able to add services such as call
display, voice mail and call waiting for $4 per month for the first
option and $2 per month for each additional option.

Unlimited long distance calling within Quebec is available starting at
$4.95 per month for most customers who already subscribe to another
Videotron service. Other attractive long-distance plans tailored to
different consumer needs are also available.

Free long-distance calls between Videotron subscribers

Long-distance calls between subscribers to Videotron's telephone service
are free - an exclusive service supported by the infinite power of
cable. A subscriber to Videotron telephone service in Laval can
therefore call a Videotron telephone subscriber on the South Shore (or
elsewhere in Quebec, once cable telephone service is available in other
parts of Videotron's service area) toll free.

Satisfied customers

Marc-Andre Morin, 50, of Saint-Bruno switched to Videotron because of
the lower long-distance rates: "Our whole family lives in Quebec City,
and my wife calls her mother every day. We had a long-distance plan that
was costing us $20 per month. With Videotron's service, we're saving a
lot of money."

"We are highly satisfied with the positive response to our new service
so far and we are very enthusiastic about the roll-out in Laval," said
Robert Depatie, President and Chief Executive Officer of Videotron. "The
interest in cable telephone service has exceeded our expectations. We
are receiving many positive comments from customers on the quality of
our product. The message from the market is clear: large numbers of
consumers were eagerly awaiting a reliable alternative to conventional
telephone service."

Videotron ltee (www.videotron.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in
cable television, interactive multimedia development, Internet access
services and residential telephone service. Videotron is a leader in new
technologies with its illico interactive television system and its
broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet access,
analog and digital cable television, and other services. Videotron
serves 1,453,000 cable television customers in Quebec; including over
334,000 illico subscribers. Videotron is also the Quebec leader in
high-speed Internet access, with 527,000 subscribers to its cable modem
and dial-up services.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Videotron ltee
    Jean-Paul Galarneau
    Senior Manager, Communications
    (514) 380-7383
    (514) 824-0001 (Cell)