May 06, 2008

Faster Sprint Mobile Broadband Expands in Albuquerque, NM, and El Paso, TX

Sprint customers benefit from extended network coverage, mobile Internet access and faster data speeds in Albuquerque, NM, and El Paso, TX

EL PASO, Texas, May 06, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Sprint customers in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, can now do more with wireless thanks to a faster mobile broadband network from Sprint (NYSE:S). Sprint Mobile Broadband with EV-DO (Evolution - Data Optimized) Revision (Rev.) A technology, combined with a wide variety of EV-DO Rev. A-capable devices, allow customers to send and receive e-mail with large file attachments, access the Internet in seconds and enjoy streaming video and other real-time applications, as well as location-based solutions, on the go.

Some key areas of El Paso that now include EV-DO Rev. A coverage are listed below:

  • West El Paso
  • Sunland Park Mall
  • Bassett Place
  • Cielo Vista Mall
  • Ft. Bliss
  • El Paso International Airport
  • Horizon, TX
  • Texas Tech Medical Center

And, Albuquerque customers will be able to experience EV-DO Rev. A coverage in some popular areas such as:

  • University of NM
  • Sunport
  • South Valley
  • Rio Rancho
  • Cottonwood Mall
  • Coronado Mall
  • Winrock Mall
  • Sandia Casino
  • The Big "I"
  • I-25 and I-40

Sprint Mobile Broadband is also available throughout the Grand Junction, and Pueblo, Colo, areas.

On average, customers using EV-DO Rev. A experience significantly faster upload speeds of 350-500 Kbps (compared with 50-70 Kbps on EV-DO Rev. 0 networks) and download speeds of 600 Kbps-1.4 Mbps (up from 400-700 Kbps) on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network. To compare EV-DO Rev. A speeds against the speed of their current connection, Internet users can visit www.sprint.com/speedtest. For more information on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, including coverage, service plans and the latest access devices, visit www.sprint.com/mobilebroadband.

Current and prospective customers can view coverage maps using the Sprint Coverage Tool, which is available at www.sprint.com/coverage and at self-service touch-screen kiosks at many Sprint Nextel retail stores. The tool equips customers with knowledge about network coverage in the areas where they live, work and play, and helps them make informed decisions regarding services from Sprint.

Simply Everything(SM) Unlimited Pricing Plan

Sprint recently launched its Simply Everything domestic unlimited pricing plan. It provides customers with unlimited voice, data, text, e-mail, Web-surfing, Sprint TV(R), Sprint Music, GPS Navigation, Direct Connect(R) and Group Connect(R) for $99.99 a month. The new pricing plan is available to existing and new customers. For more information on the "Simply Everything" visit www.sprint.com/everything.

Sprint Mobile Broadband (EV-DO Rev. A-capable) Devices

Sprint offers one of the largest mobile broadband device portfolios, including PCMCIA cards, Express Cards, USB devices and mobile broadband routers as well as laptops and other devices with built-in mobile broadband capability. Sprint also offers the full power of mobile broadband EV-DO Rev. A on a handset; Sprint upgraded the Mogul by HTC earlier this year to support the faster data speeds. Sprint customers using select EV-DO Rev. A-capable devices can perform location-based searches that offer navigational support. With these select devices, basic Sprint location and search usage is included as part of Sprint's flexible data and unlimited data connection card plans.

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 robust wireless networks serving approximately 54 million customers at the end of 2007; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.

SOURCE: Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel
Kathleen Dunleavy, 310-709-3689

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