February 18, 2008
First Slider Power Vision Phone, M520 by Samsung, Comes Loaded with Entertaining and Essential Features Including Sprint Navigation, Live Television and Over-the-Air Music Downloads
M520 by Samsung Provides Easy Access to Sprint's Innovative
Content and the Ability to Multitask While Listening to Your Favorite
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 18, 2008--Offering customers industry-leading communication and entertainment features, Sprint (NYSE:S) and Samsung Mobile today announced the immediate availability of the M520 by Samsung. This unique slider phone makes it easy for customers to access the Web, find local restaurants, watch live television, download their favorite songs, send text messages or use GPS to find their way home.
As the first Power Vision(TM) phone in a slim, slider form factor, the M520 by Samsung is simple to operate and slips easily into a pocket or purse. It offers a robust multi-tasking capability that gives customers the ability to play music in background mode while also using the phone for text messaging, playing games or surfing the Internet.
Operating on the Sprint Mobile Broadband network, the M520 by Samsung provides access to Sprint exclusive services and multimedia content, including:
- Sprint Navigation, powered by Telenav, with GPS-enabled audio and visual turn-by-turn driving directions, one-click traffic rerouting and more than 10 million local listings.
- Live Search for Sprint, by Microsoft, gives voice-enabled access to directory information on-the-go, GPS-enabled directions, interactive maps and one-touch click to call access.
- Sprint Music Store(SM) allowing users to browse and wirelessly download full-length songs directly to their phone from a selection of more than 1.8 million songs for just 99 cents each;
- Sprint TV(SM) with more than 50 channels of live and on-demand video and audio;
- Sprint Exclusive Entertainment (SEE), the industry's only made-for-mobile sports and entertainment video programming network.
"We are pleased to introduce this simple-to-use and inexpensive slider phone into our robust Power Vision portfolio," said Danny Bowman, Sprint's vice president of Customer Equipment. "Accessing services that are useful and entertaining is truly effortless with the M520 by Samsung. Customers will appreciate the uncomplicated menus and smooth multi-tasking capabilities."
This device is packed with helpful essentials including Web access, SMS voice and text messaging, Phone as Modem, picture caller ID, Wireless Backup and a MicroSD slot supporting up to 4GB of memory (64MB card enclosed.) Additional features of the M520 by Samsung include stereo Bluetooth(R) with audio caller ID that enables the user to identify callers with a spoken voice while they listen to music and a 1.3 megapixel camera with 2x digital zoom and camcorder functionality.
This device is now available in all Sprint retail channels including www.sprint.com and 1-800-SPRINT1. Pricing for the M520 by Samsung is just $49.99 with a $50 mail-in rebate and 2-year contract ($249.99 SRP.) It measures 4.01" x 2.04" x 0.5" when closed and weighs less than 2.8 ounces.
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.
About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungwireless.com.
About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2006 parent company sales of US$63.4 billion and net income of US$8.5 billion. Employing approximately 138,000 people in 124 offices in 56 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business, Telecommunication Network Business and Digital Appliance Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
CONTACT: Media Contacts: Sprint Michelle Leff Mermelstein, 703-592-7504 Michelle.Leff@sprint.com or MWW Group for Samsung Brett White, 972-301-5404 firstname.lastname@example.org SOURCE: Sprint