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April 09, 2008

Faster Sprint Mobile Broadband Expands in the Empire State

Professionals, SU fans, concert goers and New York State Fair visitors benefit from extended network coverage at blazing fast speeds in Syracuse, N.Y.SYRACUSE, N.Y., Apr 09, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- On your mark, get set, NOW! Whether you are a business professional, college football or basketball fan, a baseball fan, a concert aficionado or a visitor to the Great New York State Fair, Sprint (NYSE:S) customers in Syracuse, New York can now do more with wireless in more places.

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 instantly, do more with immediate internet access, and enjoy fast streaming video and other real-time applications, as well as location-based solutions, on the go.

During 2007, Sprint enhanced EVDO Rev A mobile broadband coverage to 236 sites and added 16 new sites in the Upstate, New York area. Sprint added 204 new cell sites to its Nationwide Sprint and Nextel National networks in New York State in 2007. The vast majority of the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network has been upgraded to faster EV-DO Rev. A technology.

"With the expansion of EV-DO Rev. A network capabilities, Sprint customers in New York State can surf the net, manage e-mail and enjoy mobile entertainment features immediately and in more places," said Karen Paletta, area vice president for Sprint. "In addition to the $29.5 million that Sprint invested in Central New York in 2006 and 2007, Sprint expects to continue to invest to further enhance its networks and meet the demand for extensive mobile broadband coverage across the nation."

Sprint has expanded EV-DO Rev. A coverage in the following areas of greater Syracuse:

  • Alliance Bank Stadium
  • Syracuse University Carrier Dome
  • Syracuse University
  • University Avenue
  • Manley Field House
  • Lampe Athletes Complex
  • Syracuse University Main Campus
  • Mt. Olympus's Drive (SU student housing)
  • Westmoreland Avenue
  • Broad Street
  • Skytop Road
  • New York State Fair Grounds
  • State Fair Boulevard
  • Rogatto Row
  • Interstate i695
  • Syracuse Hancock International Airport
  • Carousal Center Mall
  • Bear Road
  • Hiawatha Boulevard
  • Park Street
  • Onondaga Lake
  • Old Liverpool Road
  • Henry Clay Boulevard
  • Buckley Road
  • Route 298
  • Park Street
  • Greenpoint Avenue
  • Town Line Road
  • East Molloy Road
  • Taft Road
  • West Genesee Street
  • Erie Boulevard
  • Interstate I690
  • Interstate 81
  • Shopping Town Mall
  • Interstate 481
  • Thompson Road
  • Teal Avenue
  • James Street
  • Onondaga Community College
  • Route 11
  • Midler Avenue
  • Glencove Road
  • Kirkville Road
  • Fly Road
  • Route 370
  • Route 57
  • Route 7
  • Geddes Street
  • West Colvin Street
  • Onondaga Boulevard
  • Route 298
  • East Genesee Street
  • Salt Springs Road
  • Route 5
  • Route 92
  • Van Buren Road
  • Route 173
  • Route 175
  • Route 38
  • Route 6

Sprint Mobile Broadband is also available throughout New York State in areas including New York City, Poughkeepsie, Albany, Schenectady, Utica, Oswego, Fulton, Watertown, Ithaca, Cortland, Binghamton, Oneonta, Cooperstown, Norwich, Gloversville, Elmira, Lake Placid, Glens Falls, Plattsburgh, Rochester and Buffalo.

To help ensure quality network performance, during 2007, Sprint added more than 4,000 cell sites to the Nationwide Sprint Network and Nextel National Network. Both networks are currently performing at their best-ever levels, which means fewer blocked or dropped calls, translating to better connections for customers.

"Sprint is constantly working to enhance and expand its networks throughout Western New York and across the U.S.," said Karen Paletta, area vice president for Sprint. "Sprint offers customers the largest voice calling area, the nation's largest mobile broadband network, the world's fastest national push-to-talk network and the largest push-to-talk community, which enable customers to do the things that matter the most to them on the go - right now!"

On average, customers using EV-DO Rev. A experience fast upload speeds of 350-500 Kbps and download speeds of 600 Kbps-1.4 Mbps 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.

Sprint recently launched its Simply Everything(SM) 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 "Simply Everything" visit www.sprint.com/everything.

With more than 15 years of expertise, Sprint is the undisputed leader in push-to-talk and serves millions of Nextel Direct Connect(R) subscribers. These subscribers made more than 90 billion Direct Connect connections in 2007.

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 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.

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

Sprint offers a variety of fast EV-DO Rev. A-capable devices including PCMCIA cards, Express Cards and USB modems. Sprint also offers a variety of mobile broadband cards, handheld computers and modules embedded with EV-DO Rev. A technology. Sprint is the first carrier to deliver the full power of Sprint Mobile Broadband EV-DO Rev. A from the convenience of a handset, giving customers a speed and capacity advantage unavailable anywhere else in the marketplace. Sprint had delivered the industry's first EV-DO Rev. A-capable handset as part of a free software upgrade for the Mogul by HTC.

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.

More Information

For more information on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, including coverage, service plans and the latest access devices, visit www.sprint.com/mobilebroadband.

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

Media contact:
Sprint
Jack Pflanz, 315-374-0693
Jack.Pflanz@Sprint.com



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