OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Jul 20, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Sprint (NYSE:S) announced today Sprint Zone, a free application that makes it easy for Sprint customers to pay bills, manage their account and check voice and data usage right from their device. While on the go, customers also can receive information about the latest products and services available from Sprint and suggested applications. It is designed to make customers’ lives easier and more convenient.
The Sprint Zone is currently available as an icon on the HTC EVO(TM) 4G, Samsung Intercept(TM) and BlackBerry(R) Bold. In addition, the application will be available on future devices, including the Samsung Epic(TM) 4G and the Motorola i1, as an icon on the home screen.
"The Sprint Zone will be customers’ mobile source for accessing account information, learning about their device and discovering applications that will enhance their experience with Sprint," said Len Barlik, vice president of wireline and wireless services for Sprint. "We are excited to offer customers who are always on-the-go an interactive and relevant mobile application that allows them to manage their account and discover new content any where and at any time."
The Sprint Zone Application includes:
Sprint Zone is an easy to use, customer friendly, application that will be fully explained to customers along with all the features of their wireless device with the Sprint Ready Now program in Sprint retail stores. 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 Network, Sprint 4G Network and the thousands of apps downloadable on Android and Blackberry devices and feature phones.
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.
Calling All Developers: Submit Your Apps for the Sprint Zone
Developers interested in having their applications featured within Sprint Zone need to submit their app to the Sprint(R) Apps Pitch Box located at http://developer.sprint.com/PitchYourApp. Selection will be determined by relevance and best customer experience on the Nationwide Sprint(R) Network, Nextel(R) National Network and Sprint 4G network. To keep the content within Sprint Zone appealing for customers, Sprint will update the featured applications on a reoccurring basis. Select apps also will be featured in Sprint advertising, online, through social media and point-of-sale materials.
Developers can learn more about the Sprint Developer Program and creating applications at the Sprint Open Developer Conference. The conference will be held Oct. 26 - 28, 2010 in Santa Clara, Calif. Visit www.sprint.com/developer for more information.
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 13-city 3G performance test by PC World.1
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 43 cities across the nation. For additional information on 4G coverage, visit www.sprint.com/4G.
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 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 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 www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
1PC 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.
Kristin Wallace, 678-358-1190