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[April 13, 2011]

New communications solution for businesses in southwest Wis.; TDS introduces IP-based phone and Internet solution with no upfront capital expense

(ENP Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ENP Newswire - 13 April 2011 Release date- 12042011 - TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS) is introducing a new communications solution for businesses in the southwest portion of Wisconsin, including the communities of Lancaster, Fennimore, Beetown, Cassville, Potosi, Bagley, Bloomington, Mt. Hope, and Dickeyville.


Known as managedIP, this hosted Internet Protocol (IP) communications solution integrates voice and data as a single communications solution. Unlike many voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) services, TDS managedIP never uses the public Internet. The TDS solution is delivered over a private, secure, and dedicated network 'hosted' at a secure TDS facility, according to Al Ripp, market manager for TDS.

Already available in parts of central, eastern, and northern Wisconsin, TDS managedIP provides businesses with improved productivity and greater efficiencies.

'Plus, it comes without the upfront costs or capital expenses of traditional phone systems,' says Ripp. 'I'm proud we are able to bring this product to the southwest part of the state, especially in this economy when many businesses are waiting for glimpses of economic recovery to become sustained forward momentum. There's no reason to wait to upgrade your communications system any longer.' Just ask the insurance agency with offices in four Wisconsin cities. They made the switch to TDS' managedIP service and eliminated long distance toll charges to simply call their own offices-saving a few hundred dollars a month. Or ask the sales-based company in Madison who knows they're not missing calls any more. To them, managedIP helps create more sales opportunities.

OK, you're thinking, 'Really, my phone system?' Yes, but it's not any phone system. TDS says its IP-based communications system integrates voice and data as a single communications solution. The true benefit, the company says, is that businesses can focus on their business while TDS manages, protects, and upgrades the communications system-at no additional cost.

TDS' managedIP system offers businesses many real-time benefits, including: No upfront capital expense. Only pay for services needed. No need to worry about equipment becoming obsolete.

Advanced call routing features ensure customers never get a busy signal, employee productivity improves, and revenues increase because all calls get through the first time.

A single phone number for employees to give to clients, while still maintaining the ability to manage incoming calls. One phone number can be set to ring through to multiple phones (office, cell, and home) simultaneously.

User friendly administration that offers flexibility to quickly and easily adjust to staffing changes or when employees simply switch work stations; saves both time and money.

The recent installation of the TDS 10-Gigabit transport network makes it possible for the company to expand its IP communications solution to the Vesper area.

For more information, to view customer comments, or to schedule a free demonstration, call 1-866-9-TDSBIZ (1-866-983-7249) or visit www.tdsvoip.com.

Editor's Note: ManagedIP is currently available in parts of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. TDS plans to keep expanding availability of its managedIP service to more markets this year.

As the eighth largest telecom provider in the U.S., TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS) connects people with broadband Internet, phone and TV entertainment services in hundreds of rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities in 30 states. With more than 40 years of experience and 1.2 million equivalent access lines in service, customers can select from the latest technologies, including: VoIP (managedIP) phone service, dedicated Internet, data networking, and hosted-managed services.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. also manages the data center operations of VISI Incorporated and TEAM Companies, specializing in colocation, cloud computing, and disaster recovery solutions for businesses of all-sizes. In total, approximately 2,700 people work for the companies both in local communities and at TDS' national headquarters in Madison, Wis. Visit www.tdstelecom.com, www.tdsbusiness.com, www.visi.com and www.team-companies.com for more information.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS, TDS.S] Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, provides wireless, local and long-distance telephone and broadband services to nearly 7.2 million customers in 36 states through TDS Telecommunications Corp. and U.S. Cellular [NYSE: USM], its 83-percent owned wireless subsidiary. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems employed 12,400 employees as of Dec. 31, 2010. Visit www.teldta.com for more information.

For more information contact: Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager-Public Relations TDS Telecommunications Corp.

608-664-4471 / cindy.tomlinson@tdstelecom.com [Editorial queries for this story should be sent to newswire@enpublishing.co.uk] ((Comments on this story may be sent to info@enpublishing.co.uk)) (c) 2011 Electronic News Publishing -

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