October 16, 2012
Sprint Offers Seniors Simplified Way to Access AARP, WebMD, MedsTimer and Other Senior-Friendly Apps on Their Smartphone
‘Active Senior ID pack’ application bundle provides quick access to helpful apps
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), October 16, 2012 - Sprint (NYSE:S) announced today the Active Senior ID pack, a service designed to help simplify smartphone usage for senior citizens. Available on select Android™-powered smartphones, the Active Senior ID pack offers quick access to applications designed to enhance the smartphone experience for the active senior, all bundled in a single, simple download.
To get started, users simply tap on an ID icon on the bottom of their phone, select the Active Senior ID pack icon and their phone will be loaded with about 20 senior-friendly applications and services, eliminating the confusion often associated with searching for useful apps in an app store featuring 600,000+ applications.
Applications in the Active Senior ID pack bundle allow seniors to:
- Listen to their favorite music with Slacker Radio or audio books with Audible.
- Always have important information at their fingertips from AARP, WebMD, USA Today, Yahoo Finance, Accuweather and Stock Quote.
- Never forget to take important medications on time with MedsTimer.
- Put safety first with Fall Detector and ICE (In Case of Emergency).
- Receive word-for-word captions of everything said to them on mobile phone calls with Wireless CapTel® by Sprint®.
- Keep entertained and socialize with Crossword Light and Senior Match.
- Stay in touch with family and friends with Flickr and Facebook.
“We commend Sprint for creating a solution that simplifies the smartphone experience, allowing our aging population to easily obtain helpful applications for their smartphone geared toward their specific needs,” said Sami Hassanyeh, SVP Digital Strategy & Operations, AARP. “I’m sure our AARP members, as well as any mature consumer, will benefit not only from our AARP application that’s included in this ID pack but also from the many other apps that were thoughtfully pieced together by Sprint for the aging demographic.”
“Sprint’s customer base represents a rich diversity in background, experience, culture and age,” said Kevin McGinnis, vice president of Product Platforms and Services, Sprint. “We realize that different products and services appeal to different consumers. As a socially responsible company, we strive to offer a selection of phones and services that meet the needs of all of our customers, which is why we’re pleased to offer the Active Senior ID pack to our senior customers who can benefit from useful applications conveniently pre-packaged by Sprint.”
The Active Senior ID pack is available on select Sprint ID-capable devices, including LG Viper™, LG Optimus Elite™, LG Marquee™, Motorola PHOTON™ 4G, Samsung Galaxy Victory™, Samsung Conquer™ 4G, Samsung Epic™ 4G, Samsung Galaxy S® II, Samsung Transform™, Kyocera Rise and ZTE Fury™.
For more information about the Active Senior ID pack, visit http://bit.ly/SQM4Wb.
Sprint ID Description:
The Active Senior ID pack is among a growing list of Sprint ID packs. Sprint ID allows consumers, on select Sprint Android-powered devices, to instantly download “ID packs” – a package of content that delivers a complete mobile experience, including applications, widgets, ringtones and wallpapers in a few simple clicks. Whether they’re a senior citizen, environmentalist, golfer, auto enthusiast, fitness fanatic, gamer or business professional, these customers can easily personalize their smartphone by downloading an ID pack with the content to fit their lifestyle.
Sprint ID packs are free to download with an Everything Data plan from Sprint. Customers with Sprint ID-capable devices can download up to five ID packs onto their device. Once an ID pack is loaded, users can easily switch between packs, swap them out for new ones, and further personalize their phone with additional apps and content. To see all ID packs visit www.sprint.com/sprintid.
Additional Solutions Sprint Offers Seniors:
Other solutions Sprint offers for the aging demographic include the Samsung M400, a phone announced Oct. 15 with accessibility features designed specifically to meet the needs of senior citizens and people with disabilities. Among the features are adjustable font sizes that make it easy to read text on the screen. Also available is Assurance Wireless, a no-contract plan that offers a wireless phone, 250 minutes of free wireless voice minutes and 250 free text messages each month for national, local and long-distance calling to eligible residents of the 34 states where Assurance is available. Assurance Wireless is a Lifeline Assistance program from Virgin Mobile USA supported by the federal Universal Service Fund.1
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 56 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
1 Eligibility for Assurance Wireless varies by state. Enrollment in this government benefit program is available to consumers who meet federal or state-specific eligibility criteria. Lifeline Assistance is available for only one wireless or wireline account per household. Applicants may qualify for Assurance Wireless if they participate in certain public assistance programs, like Medicaid or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Residents may also qualify based on household income. Applicants must provide proof of program participation or proof of income. For more information potential applicants can call 1-800-395-2171 or visit www.AssuranceWireless.com.
Amy Johnsonbaugh, 949-748-3389