February 04, 2010
Access to Thousands of Downloadable Applications on Android Phones and Others Gives Sprint Customers New Ways to Play Cupid This Valentine’s Day
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Feb 04, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Whether they’re spending this Valentine’s Day with a friend, a date or a soul mate, Sprint (NYSE:S) customers can make it a day to remember with help from Sprint phones with access to thousands of useful applications, such as Sprint’s Android phones - HTC Hero with Google and Samsung Moment with Google.

These innovative applications are easy to download on Android, Palm WebOS or BlackBerry smartphones from Sprint and can help Sprint customers treat their special someone to the perfect gift, a romantic date or a sweet gesture.

Find a gift on-the-go with Valentine’s Day staples or one-of-a-kind finds with these apps:

  • 1-800-Flowers Mobile Gift Center, available through Android Market for HTC Hero and Samsung Moment, allows users to shop anywhere, anytime for the perfect flowers and gifts to send to their loved one.
  • Etsy Browser lets Palm Pre and Palm Pixi users browse the latest in handmade jewelry, clothing, accessories, art and more listed on Etsy.
  • Godiva Chocolatier can be downloaded from BlackBerry App World to give BlackBerry users a way to order Godiva chocolates and other gifts even when they’re on-the-go, with express checkout and contact list integration for shipping and billing information.

Hit the hottest restaurant or whip up a romantic dinner with help from these apps:

  • DinnerAtMyPlace is the ultimate kitchen helper for Android device users, with recipes featuring step-by-step directions read aloud, auto-timers, a shopping list and wine suggestions.
  • Yelp lets users search local business reviews, including restaurants from locals in the know, obtain prices, hours and location, and even save business information right to their contacts. This free app is available through Android Market for HTC Hero and Samsung Moment and in the Palm App Catalog for Palm Pre and Palm Pixi.
  • GetMeVino! is the ultimate wine directory for Palm Pre and Pixi. This directory lets users search for wine by variety, brand, vintage and store location. They can read detailed information and reviews to help them pick the perfect bottle for their special evening.

Get creative and use these apps to show someone they’re loved with music and poetry:

  • Love Poems lets HTC Hero and Samsung Moment users find poems and quotes on love, romance or friendship, then share them through text or e-mail.
  • 100 Ways to Say I Love You, available on HTC Hero and Samsung Moment, gives users 100 romantic suggestions to show their loved one how they feel.
  • Musical Pro offers a play-along, light-up piano, keyboard, drums and other features so customers can play their loved one a tune, right on their HTC Hero or Samsung Moment.
  • Hallmark Mobile Greetings is available for download through BlackBerry App World and offers more than 500 animated greetings to which users can attach a personal note and send to most wireless phones for just 99 cents each from their BlackBerry.

Customers can learn how to use these applications and all the features of their wireless device with Sprint’s Ready Now program. Through Ready Now, Sprint retail associates can show customers how to use their Sprint phone to take advantage of the benefits offered by Sprint, including the Sprint 3G Mobile Broadband Network, which tested as the most reliable in comparison to AT&T and Verizon in a 13-city 3G performance test conducted by PC World1, and affordable pricing plans.

The Sprint Everything Data 450 plan with Any Mobile, Anytime and unlimited messaging and data saves customers nearly $50 per month vs. Verizon’s Nationwide Talk and Text plan plus unlimited data package.2Sprint Everything Data plans deliver more value, with unlimited GPS navigation included at no extra charge and annual phone upgrades through the Sprint Premier loyalty program. These plans from Sprint make it simple for customers by including all the text, e-mail, Web, social networking and GPS navigation customers want on any Sprint phone for one low price.

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.

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 is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving more than 48 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2009 and the first 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company’s customer-focused strategy has led to improved first call resolution and customer care satisfaction scores. For more information, visit http://www.sprint.com.

1PC World claim: Test conducted for each provider’s nationwide 3G service and included 13 cities with more than 20 tests per city from March-April 2009. Testing was one minute in duration, and network performance can be highly variable. Cities were Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco and Seattle. For reliability, Sprint won in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle; and tied in Orlando.

2 Savings based on Sprint Everything Data450 plan with Any Mobile, Anytime for unlimited calling while on the Sprint network to and from any U.S. wireless user, plus unlimited nights and weekends starting at 7 p.m. and 450 anytime minutes vs. Verizon Nationwide Unlimited Talk & Text plan plus $29.99 unlimited data package.

SOURCE: Sprint

Emmy Anderson, 913-707-0618