September 30, 2009

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 30, 2009-- The city of Chicago, which has benefitted from a decade of speed and reliability from Sprint’s Now Network, has signed a $12 million agreement with Sprint (NYSE:S) for five more years of wireless services.

The contract calls for Sprint to provide wireless services to all government departments for the nation’s third-largest city, including voice and data solutions, the new and rapidly expanding Sprint 4G technology, and a continuance of its industry-leading Nextel Direct Connect. Renewing the wireless services contract will help the government entities work even more efficiently while cutting costs.

Sprint, named Chicago’s most reliable 3G network in a 13-city test by PC World, has supported the city’s communications needs for more than a decade. In 2003, the Department of Buildings began using Xora GPS TimeTrack, running on GPS-enabled Nextel handsets. The application enabled supervisors to quickly and easily locate and manage field building inspectors, resulting in improved staff communications and better customer service.

Before deploying the Xora application, the city was already using Nextel Direct Connect for back office communications. Nextel Direct Connect has been the gold standard in push-to-talk for 20 years and remains the fastest national push-to-talk network. It’s the only national service featuring guaranteed call setup in less than a second – which means true instant communications.

“The city of Chicago and Sprint have an enduring partnership that has been put to the test over the past 10 years,” said Paget Alves, president of the Business Markets Group, Sprint. “Our wireless solutions have been used very effectively by thousands of city workers during large public gatherings, such as the President Obama event on election night. This new contract reinforces Sprint’s pledge to Public Sector customers everywhere who want innovative, industry-leading solutions for attaining operational efficiency and workforce mobility in a cost-effective way.”

Sprint, the first national carrier to market 4G technology, is adding Chicago to its growing list of major metro areas enjoying the next-generation service. The turbo-charged mobile broadband makes public service workers more efficient with real-time, high-resolution video and photo downloads, massive file downloads, enhanced security applications, and instant mobile applications. Sprint serves the city of Chicago through its newly-formed Business Markets Group (BMG). Composed of 4,000 sales, support, marketing and operations employees, Sprint’s BMG is dedicated solely to enterprise, general business and public sector customers. BMG delivers wireless, wireline and converged solutions for companies, drawing on the nation’s most dependable 3G mobile broadband network,* 4G capabilities that are well ahead of Sprint’s competition, the fastest national push-to-talk network,** and a comprehensive solutions portfolio of devices and applications.

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*“Dependable” based on independent, third-party drive tests for 3G data connection success, session reliability and signal strength for the 50 most populous markets, January 2008February 2009. Not all services are available on 3G and coverage may default to separate network when 3G is unavailable.

**“Fastest” based on initial call setup time.

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