May 27, 2010

As Small Business Week Concludes, Sprint Salutes Small Business Owners with Solutions, Savings and State-of-the-Art Devices - Available All Year Long

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 27, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --To extend the Small Business Week celebration (May 23-29), Sprint (NYSE:S) today reinforced its commitment to small businesses with discounts and a mixed bag of bonuses for corporate-liable accounts aimed to give small businesses the competitive edge they want - every week of the year.

  • Instant discounts - on select devices, with no need to mail in a rebate form. Sprint will offer these devices (www.sprint.com/business) at the same low price as big businesses pay.
  • Volume discounts - monthly service discounts to help small businesses' bottom line. These discounts are available when a small business grows to five or more corporate-liable lines (www.sprint.com/volume).
  • Rate plan analysis - customers can find out which price plan offers the best buy, working directly with a Sprint sales representative at their nearest Sprint retail store. Small business customers may also call a sales rep for personalized help at (866) 805-9890, or make an appointment at their nearest Sprint retail store by going to www.sprintstorelocator.com.
  • Ready Now for Business - in-store, one-on-one help from an expert Sprint sales representative to set up phones and applications - avoiding costly delays related to figuring out a wireless device (www.readynow.sprint.com).
  • 30-Day Guarantee - as a new or existing customer adding a new line, Sprint offers 30 days to try its service for free. If, for any reason, customers want to cancel, Sprint urges them to call and deactivate service and return undamaged phones or mobile broadband cards to the store where they bought them - no questions asked.

Added to the list of offers and bonuses, Sprint recently announced the availability of 4G Mobile Broadband Connection plans tailored to small businesses - with one to five employees and more than six employees - starting at only $44.99 per month, excluding taxes and Sprint surcharges. 4G represents a huge advantage for small businesses, enabling faster downloads, simultaneous usage of multiple applications and video streaming at speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G.* Business customers can also receive monthly discounts when purchasing various service options from Sprint, such as a voice plan for their phone and mobile broadband card for wireless internet service, making mobility and connectivity easier for a small business customer without maxing out their monthly bill.

"What Sprint strives to do for small business owners - every week, not just Small Business Week - is to make it easier to learn about new products and services, simplify the purchase process and instill confidence that the products and services selected will provide increased employee productivity and improved customer satisfaction, " said Tom Shaughnessy, director-Sprint Small Business. "It's more than products and services. As a Sprint Small Business customer, our clients also receive special discounts and added-value extras that make it easier to manage their accounts."

Shaughnessy added that Sprint makes it easy for small businesses to get geared up with the right communications solution with one of the industry's widest selections of handsets and some of the highest value calling and data plans.

"It's as simple as choosing one of our devices - smart phones, Nextel Direct Connect(R) phones, Mobile Broadband cards, or personal hotspots - then picking any of a number of our customized, small business pricing plans that typically offer substantial cost savings over comparable AT&T or Verizon plans. Most of these plans pack extra value - like unlimited Nextel Direct Connect and Group Connect calling. Selecting a device and a plan comes with personalized service, too, whether it's consulting with a sales person by phone, working one on one with a rep in our retail stores, or getting your questions answered online."

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 www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

* Up to 10x Faster claim: Based on download speed comparison of 3G's 600 kbps vs. 4G's 6 Mbps. Industry published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7 Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary. Not all services avail. on 4G and coverage may default to 3G/separate network where 4G unavailable. Sprint 4G is available in over 30 markets and counting, and on select devices. See sprint.com/4G for details.

SOURCE: Sprint

Mark Bonavia, 913-269-0436

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