updated 10/22/2009 7:01:51 PM ET 2009-10-22T23:01:51

Qwest Communications International Inc. said Thursday it will be ending its cell phone service on Oct. 31.

The phone company said customers who switch to another carrier before the end of the month will be able to transfer their current phone numbers. But those who don't switch by the deadline will forfeit their mobile phone numbers.

Customers won't be charged an early termination fee.

Qwest said it's an authorized agent of Verizon Wireless. Customers who switch to Verizon Wireless will be eligible for exclusive cell phone deals. However, online and phone orders for Verizon phones can take up to two business days to ship.

The end of Qwest cell phone service will not affect its Internet home service.

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