OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), December 19, 2012 - Since its launch in fall 2011, Sprint® Direct Connect® has grown into the wireless industry’s gold standard for push-to-talk with triple the square miles of coverage compared to the legacy Nextel National Network. Now entering its 19th year offering push-to-talk, Sprint (NYSE:S), the industry-leader, expands its push-to-talk device portfolio with the addition of its most rugged Sprint Direct Connect device yet – Sonim® XP STRIKE.
Sonim XP STRIKE is the first device from Sonim in Sprint’s product portfolio. Featuring instant call setup time on domestic push-to-talk calls, international coverage to Latin American countries that most frequently use push-to-talk, Sonim XP STRIKE is available for $129.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement, after a $50 mail-in rebate via reward card1 (excludes taxes), through direct ship sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Web Sales (www.sprint.com).
“Sprint is the pioneer in push-to-talk and with Sprint Direct Connect it has set a standard by which all carriers are judged; no other carrier can match Sprint in the breadth of push-to-talk devices and years of experience,” said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “Customers who demand a device to get the job done in the toughest environments know they can rely on Sprint Direct Connect with instant push-to-talk and broadband data across the country with the ultra-rugged Sonim XP STRIKE.”
Sonim XP STRIKE delivers toughness beyond military specifications so customers can count on it in situations when other devices would likely fail. It can be dropped from 6.5 feet, land on concrete and still be used. Sonim XP STRIKE can be submerged in up to 6.5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes without missing a beat.
“Sonim is proud to introduce a new category of device to Sprint’s Direct Connect roadmap: the ultra-rugged phone, the world’s toughest is designed specifically for workers in extreme and demanding environments,” said Grant Fay, general manager-Sonim Technologies. “With our industry-leading three-year warranty, covering accidental damage as standard, and a range of rugged, professional-grade push-to-talk accessories, Sonim XP STRIKE is the phone that legacy Nextel Direct Connect customers have been waiting for.”
In 2012, Sprint added more coverage area to its Sprint Direct Connect push-to-talk service – creating three times the push-to-talk coverage of its Nextel National Network – with the addition of roaming and Sprint 1xRTT coverage areas.2 The expansion of the Sprint Direct Connect network also marks another milestone for Network Vision, Sprint’s nationwide network upgrade using the newest, most advanced equipment in the industry. Sprint plans to consolidate multiple network technologies into one seamless network with the goal of increasing efficiency and enhancing network coverage, call quality and data speeds for customers.
Network Vision will bring 4G LTE and improved 3G to customers nationwide, with expected benefits to include better coverage, improved network reliability and voice quality.
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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 nearly 56 million customers at the end of the third 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 both its 2011 and 2012 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.
About Sonim Technologies
Sonim Technologies (www.sonimtech.com) is the provider of ultra-rugged, water-submersible mobile phones designed specifically for workers in challenging outdoor and industrial environments. Sonim’s industry-leading three-year comprehensive warranty has redefined customer expectations of rugged technology. Sonim provides a suite of high-performance workforce management solutions that keep workers safe and enhance their productivity, including push-to-talk, lone worker safety services, and NFC proof-of-activity services. The company has headquarters in San Mateo, Calif., and offers its products in more than 50 countries.
1The American Express Prepaid Reward Card (“Card”) provided in connection with this Rebate offer is a prepaid Card that is usable at U.S. merchants that accept American Express Card. Some limitations apply. The Card is not redeemable for cash (except where required by law) and does not provide ATM access. Use of Card constitutes acknowledgement that it is given as a reward and no consideration, value, or money has been paid by the holder to American Express in exchange for this Card. USE OF CARD IS SUBJECT TO THE CARDHOLDER AGREEMENT. SUBJECT TO APPLICABLE LAW, A $3.00 MONTHLY FEE WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST CARD BALANCE, STARTING SIX MONTHS AFTER CARD ISSUANCE, UNLESS FUNDS ARE EARLIER DEPLETED. For BALANCE, customer service and Cardholder Agreement, visit americanexpress.com/sprint or call 866-608-3756. Card issued by American Express Prepaid Card Management Corporation.
2Three times the coverage based on square-mile coverage comparison of Nextel National Network to Sprint National Network (inclusive of roaming).