June 10, 2010

Give Dad the Tools He Really Wants this Father's Day with Great Gift Ideas from Sprint

Dads can stay productive and be entertained with a powerful phone, affordable Everything Data plans and access to thousands of applications - all on Sprint's second-to-none Now Network
For freedom-loving dads not looking for a commitment, Sprint also offers prepaid options including smartphones from Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile and on-the-go internet access with Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Jun 10, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Getting the perfect present for dad can be tricky but you can save him from a tacky Father's Day tie this year and get him something he'll really enjoy - a sleek and powerful device from Sprint (NYSE:S) packed with all of the latest tools dad needs to make his life easier and more enjoyable. With a gift from Sprint, dads can keep up with email, check the latest sports scores and stay entertained with apps like MLB.com At Bat 2010 Golf Card.

It is easy to give peace of mind with a Now Network-powered phone that combines entertainment and productivity for the dad who works hard and plays hard. No one has a more reliable network than Sprint, according to a 13-city 3G test from PC World.1

"Sprint devices are powerful tools that make it easy for dads to juggle their business and personal lives, with apps for the golfer, the fisherman or the sports fan," said Fared Adib, vice president of Product Development for Sprint. "With Sprint, busy dads like me can easily stay connected with their families while juggling work commitments and personal hobbies. We have the coolest phones this year, including the exciting new HTC EVO(TM) 4G, America's first 3G/4G wireless phone boasting a 4.3-inch screen and amazing multimedia tools providing dad's the ability to manage work and play."

Sprint is leading the 4G revolution as the first national carrier to roll out 4G. Sprint 4G is currently available in 33 markets and covers about 41 million people. By the end of this year, Sprint expects to launch 4G service in such major markets as New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, D.C., and cover a population of approximately 120 million.

Great dads deserve great gifts, and Sprint has a host of award-winning devices sure to make this a happy Father's Day:

  • HTC EVO(TM) 4G - Great for that the dad who wants a little of everything. HTC EVO 4G boasts two cameras - an 8 MP auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3 MP camera - built-in mobile hotspot functionality, simultaneous voice and data capability in 4G and Wi-Fi areas, and access to more than 50,000 apps. It is available for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate (excludes taxes).
  • Blackberry(R) Bold(TM) - A great gift for the international traveler, Blackberry Bold 9650 is sophisticated in both style and performance. This world phone with optical track pad and Wi-Fi(R) capability allows dad to switch easily between applications and multitask. With up to 32 GB of expandable memory, dad can easily store and share photos or video files to keep up with his loved ones while on-the-go. It is available for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate (excludes taxes).
  • Samsung Restore(TM) - For the environmentally conscious dad who doesn't want to sacrifice technology and a sleek form factor while being green. Samsung Restore is a full-feature messaging whiz, offering a slide-out, full QWERTY keyboard with optical joystick, 2.0 MP camera and camcorder, MP3 player with microSD card slot (supports up to 32GB), Stereo Bluetooth(R) wireless technology, Sprint Family Locator, Sprint Music, Sprint Navigation and Sprint TV(R). This streamlined device is available for $49.99 with a new two-year service agreement after a $50 mail-in rebate (excludes taxes).
  • Motorola Brute(TM) i680 - Perfect for the outdoorsman, Motorola Brute is a rugged device built to meet Military Specification 810F requirements. Packed with durability and performance, Motorola Brute features the best-in-class push-to-talk services of Nextel Direct Connect(R), a 2 MP camera with flash and zoom, MP3 player, threaded text messaging and stereo Bluetooth(R). Customers can purchase Motorola Brute for $119.99 with a new two-year service agreement (excludes taxes).
  • Overdrive(TM) 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless - For the dad who feels the need for speed, accelerate with the first dual-mode shareable device only from Sprint. Overdrive allows dad to extend his 3G and 4G network experience to any Wi-Fi enabled device such as cameras, game consoles and music players. Overdrive is available for $99.99 with a new two-year service agreement after a $50 mail-in rebate (excludes taxes).

Sprint also offers several devices from its prepaid brands, Virgin Mobile & Boost Mobile for dads who want the flexibility of no annual contract while not compromising on a cool handset.

Virgin Mobile

  • LG Rumor Touch(TM) - Great for the dad who loves to be connected perhaps even with less talking, a little bit of everything right at his fingertips and the option to pay by the month. Easy gift-giving with prepaid offers like Virgin Mobile's new Beyond Talk Plans starting at just $25, includes unlimited text, messaging, email, Web and data and 300 minutes of voice. Customers can purchase the LG Rumor Touch for $149.99 with a full QWERTY keyboard for easy messaging and email, as well as embedded IM and email client.
  • Blackberry Curve(TM) 8530 - Best fit for the dad who is constantly on the go and wants to stay connected to his family and buddies via social networks and email all on a sleek, stylish and functional smartphone. Key features include a full QWERTY keyboard, optical track pad, Wi-Fi connectivity, dedicated media keys, and 2 MP camera. The Blackberry Curve 8530 smartphone will be available for $299.99 at retail and at www.virginmobileusa.com.

Boost Mobile

  • The red Samsung Rant(R) - The first slider QWERTY phone from Boost Mobile available for $149.99, is a great option for dad, as he will get fast and easy access to multiple messaging options with a full keyboard, making it the perfect match for the recently enhanced no-contract nationwide Monthly Unlimited offer.
  • Sanyo Juno from Kyocera - Available in deep blue for only $99.99, Sanyo Juno offers simplicity and flare, with a full QWERTY keyboard and large 2.2-inch display screen, which shows off the phone's easy-to-use menu icons for quick and intuitive navigation.

All of these phones and others from Sprint allow dads to check e-mail, browse the Web, watch sports coverage, and use GPS navigation for voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions to the soccer field or pizza place.

Dads can access thousands of apps

In addition, Sprint phones offer access to thousands of downloadable apps through Android Market(TM), BlackBerry(R) App World(TM) or GetJar that dads can use to have a great Father's Day. Whether it's taking the kids on a fishing trip with an app that lets them record their catches, lowering his golf handicap with a range finder app, or keeping up with his favorite baseball teams, dad can take advantage of thousands of applications, including:

  • GolfCard - This all-in-one app for the casual or serious golfer includes a GPS range finder with satellite images, scoring for multiple players that's easier than a pencil and score card, and detailed statistics to track your game. Available through Android Market.
  • Fishin' Buddy - A great companion on dad's fishing trips, this app will log fishing details including weather, fish details, gear, photos and videos. Past trips and events can be reviewed any time. Available through Android Market.
  • MLB.com At Bat 2010 - dads can keep up with their favorite pro baseball teams throughout the season with this app that lets users listen live to every regular season and postseason game, follow every pitch with exclusive MLB.com Gameday pitch speed and location data, watch game highlights moments after they happen and more. Available through Android Market and BlackBerry App World.
  • GymTracker - This app lets dad program workout routines on his phone, then track his progress with performance graphs, a calendar to log the days he hits the gym and a weight tracker. Available through GetJar.

Some downloadable applications may require an additional charge. 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.

Dads will also be happy with Sprint's affordable plans. Sprint's Everything Data 450 plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM gives customers unlimited text, Web and calling with any mobile in America while on the Sprint network - all for the same price AT&T and Verizon charge for unlimited talk only (pricing excludes surcharges and taxes). Sprint Everything Data plans automatically enroll customers in the Sprint Premier loyalty program, for benefits including annual device upgrades on the primary line. Existing Sprint customers can switch to an Everything Data plan without extending their service agreement. New lines of service require a two-year service agreement.

Just in case your selection isn't the perfect fit for dad, with the Sprint Free Guarantee he can try a new line of service with Sprint for 30 days. If he isn't completely satisfied, he can cancel service and return his device to be reimbursed for the device purchase and activation fee, get the early termination fee waived, get a full refund for the monthly service plan recurring charges incurred, and get all associated taxes and fees waived. In addition, Sprint will waive the restocking fee for new customer exchanges as part of this policy. Refund excludes usage not included in the plan, premium content, third-party billing and international charges.

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.

1PC World's test included Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in thirteen major cities in all regions of the country during December 2009 & 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.

SOURCE: Sprint

Media Contacts:
Natalie Papaj, Sprint
Emmy Anderson, Sprint

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