May 26, 2010
Use your Sprint phone to store emergency information, access up-to-the-minute news and pictures

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 26, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Technology can play a critical role in helping people before, during and after a natural disaster. From downloading useful applications to taking pictures of valuables with your camera phone, Sprint (NYSE:S) customers can use their Sprint phone to stay connected and obtain important information during an emergency situation. Through Android MarketTM, BlackBerry App WorldTM and GetJar, Sprint phones offer access to thousands of downloadable apps that can assist emergency personnel or give customers the latest news and weather.

Store emergency information and tips in your phone with these apps:

  • In Case of Emergency (ICE) - Available in the Android Market and BlackBerry App World, this app provides EMTs with critical personal and medical data including name, important notification telephone numbers, blood type, allergies, physician’s name and number, and existing medical conditions.
  • First Aid - This app offers concise, clear instructions to offer first aid. It includes illustrations, videos and short texts that show how to take the necessary action in the correct order. Available in Android Market.
  • Medical Spanish - AUDIO - Available for Android phones like Sprint’s HTC Hero(TM) and Samsung Moment(TM) and for BlackBerry smartphones, the Emergency Medical Spanish Guide (EMSG) is a tool designed for non-Spanish speaking health Care professionals to quickly ascertain vital medical information from their Spanish-speaking patients.
  • Droid 911 - HTC Hero and Samsung Moment users can use Droid 911 to find the nearest police stations, fire stations, hospitals, tow trucks, auto repair shops, gas stations and ATM machines, based on your location. Available in Android Market.

Keep informed with the latest news and weather with these apps:

  • WeatherBug - With WeatherBug for Android, BlackBerry and Palm webOS you can easily find out the current local weather, hourly and seven-day forecasts. WeatherBug features live neighborhood weather updates from 8,000 weather stations in the U.S.--including NWS weather alerts such as tornado warnings. By using integrated GPS, the app can change its forecasting location automatically, so there’s no need to manually enter your new location once you arrive.
  • USA Today - Customers with Android or BlackBerry devices can stay informed while on-the-go with the latest news, scores, weather and photos from USA Today.

Find safest routes with this app:

  • FloridaEvacuates - In case of an evacuation, or other emergency, FloridaEvacuates will display nearby shelters based on the location you provide. Available for BlackBerry users in the BlackBerry App World.

Some downloadable applications may require an additional charge. Casual data charges of $0.03/kb and standard text messaging charges will apply to customers not on a plan with unlimited data and messaging.

Preparedness Tips

Sprint offers the following consumer tips to prepare for a hurricane, wildfire or other natural disaster:

  • Keep your wireless phone and backup batteries charged, but be aware that an interruption of wireline and commercial power could affect wireless calls.
  • If possible, get extra batteries and charge them.
  • In times of commercial power outages, a car adapter for your wireless phone should enable you to recharge the battery.
  • Keep phones and necessary accessories in a sealed plastic bag to avoid water damage.
  • Load family and emergency numbers into your wireless phone.
  • Use your Sprint camera phone to take digital pictures or video of your property and valuables before the storm hits. Upload the images to your personal pictures inbox on so you have "before" pictures in the event of any storm damage.
  • Wireless networks sometimes experience heavy traffic during emergency events, so remember to use Nextel Direct Connect(R) or send a text message.

For more information about Sprint hurricane preparation efforts, or to learn what you can do to prepare in an emergency situation, visit:

Sprint Networks Deliver

With the many useful apps available on their Sprint phones, it’s important for customers to know they can rely on the Sprint 3G network. No one has a more reliable network than Sprint based on a recent 13-city 3G performance test by PC World.i

Sprint is also the first national wireless carrier to provide a 4G mobile broadband network. Where Sprint 4G is available, customers can use 4G devices like the Overdrive(TM) 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless. Sprint 4G is available in 32 cities across the nation. For additional information on 4G coverage, visit

Spend Less on Wireless Bill with Sprint

Sprint’s affordable Everything Data 450 plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM gives customers unlimited calling with any mobile phone in America, unlimited text and picture messaging, unlimited Web, e-mail and social networking, and unlimited GPS Navigation for just $69.99 - the same price AT&T and Verizon charge for unlimited talk only (pricing excludes surcharges and taxes).

Sprint Everything Data plans are available with any Sprint phone and automatically enroll customers in the Sprint Premier loyalty program, for benefits including annual device upgrades on the primary line, six-month plan checks and "just-because" perks. Existing Sprint customers can switch to an Everything Data plan without extending their service agreement. New lines of service require a two-year service agreement.

Sprint Guarantees You’ll Be Satisfied

With the new Sprint Free Guarantee, the most robust satisfaction guarantee in the wireless industry, customers can try a new line of service with Sprint for 30 days. If they aren’t completely satisfied with Sprint during that period, they can cancel service and return their device to be reimbursed for the device purchase and activation fee, get the early termination fee waived, get a full refund for monthly service plan recurring charges incurred and get all associated taxes and fees waived. In addition, Sprint will waive the restocking fee for new customer exchanges as part of this policy. Refund excludes usage not included in the plan, premium content, third-party billing and international charges.

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 48 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, and is the first and only 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, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless and instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. With its customer-focused strategy, you can learn more and visit Sprint at or and

iPC World’s test involved Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in 13 major cities in all regions of the country during December 2009 and January 2010. In all, roughly 9,000 individual tests of Sprint’s 3G service were conducted from 280 testing locations in 13 cities. Testing sessions were one minute in duration per location, and network performance can be highly variable from neighborhood to neighborhood. In laptop-based tests, Sprint tied with another carrier for first in 3G network reliability.

SOURCE: Sprint

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