March 26, 2007
Innovative Wireless Service Gives Customers the Power to Feel at Home Anywhere
Available in 40 Metropolitan Areas This Year, "Pivot" Delivers Value, Convenience and Access to Comforts of Home Everywhere Customers
ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 26, 2007--Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S), Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq:CMCSA, CMCSK), Time Warner Cable (NYSE:TWC), Cox Communications and Advance/Newhouse Communications today launched the branding of "Pivot," the integrated service that gives consumers the ability to link their mobile phone service with their home digital phone, and certain high-speed internet services and digital cable services. Pivot combines powerful wireline and wireless networks to bring more useful capabilities to customers, such as one-button access to the Internet, home and wireless email and mobile TV.
"Pivot was designed to help customers connect to home with an easier, more convenient and more affordable way to keep in touch, stay informed and be entertained. We want to make technology work better and faster for the customer--and with our unique partnership, we can do things our competitors can't," said John Garcia, president Sprint/MSO Joint Venture. "Pivot links your wireless phone with the comforts of home. Our common vision is to give customers anywhere easy access to the entertainment, communications and information services that are already important to them."
Pivot provides customers with the ability to watch live and mobile TV, access home TV listings using a programming guide like the one they use at home, check home email and voicemail from one source, access the Internet, make unlimited calls between their cable home service and mobile phones, and have the convenience of one point of contact for service and billing.
In addition to keeping customers connected to the things that are important to them and making it convenient and easy to use their home-based services, Pivot remains affordable by providing value where customers need it most--their pocket book. (Specific pricing varies by market.) Additional benefits include:
-- An all-inclusive wireless plan (voice, text, data, entertainment) called Pivot Plus; -- No additional cost for exclusive voice features that link your home and mobile phones; -- Night Calling on all Pivot plans starting at 7 p.m. - so you can maximize your minutes; -- And, for a limited time, customers can connect with family and friends with free text messages on any Pivot or Pivot Plus plan.
Pivot is now available in eight metropolitan areas (Raleigh, N.C.; Austin, Tex.; Boston; Portland, Ore.; San Diego; Phoenix; Cincinnati; and Dayton, Ohio).
Pivot is expected to launch in 40 metropolitan areas in 2007. The capability to program your home DVR from your Sprint phone will also be available to customers in select areas in 2007. Customers can buy this service by visiting Sprint retail stores in those markets or by calling the cable companies call centers. Currently, four handsets from the Sprint portfolio are featured in the Pivot offering, although the service is available on any Sprint handset.
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq:CMCSA, CMCSK) (http://www.comcast.com) is the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. With 24.2 million cable customers, 11.5 million high-speed Internet customers, and 2.5 million voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.
Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, AZN Television, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, four regional Comcast SportsNets and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet business. Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable owns and manages cable systems passing approximately 26 million homes in 33 states. The Company has 14.6 million customers for its various products, including video, high-speed data and residential telephone. This includes approximately 13.4 million basic video subscribers and more than 6 million customers who purchase more than one product. Time Warner Cable includes some of the most technologically advanced and best-clustered cable systems in the country, with nearly 85 percent of the Company's customers located in five geographic regions: New York, Texas, Ohio, the Carolinas and southern California. It is the largest cable provider in the nation's two largest cities, Los Angeles and New York. Leveraging its leadership in innovation and quality customer care, Time Warner Cable delivers advanced products and services such as video-on-demand, high-definition television, digital video recorders, high-speed data and Digital Phone.
About Cox Communications
Cox Communications is a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company with more than 6 million total residential and commercial customers. Cox offers an array of advanced digital video, high-speed Internet and telephony services over its own nationwide IP network, as well as integrated wireless services in partnership with Sprint (NYSE:S). Cox Business Services is a full-service, facilities-based provider of communications solutions for commercial customers, providing high-speed Internet, voice and long distance services, as well as data and video transport services for small to large-sized businesses. Cox Media offers national and local cable advertising in traditional spot and new media formats, along with promotional opportunities and production services. More information about the services of Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com, www.coxbusiness.com, and www.coxmedia.com.
About Advance/Newhouse Communications
Advance/Newhouse manages Bright House Networks, which provides digital video, voice and broadband data services to more than 2.3 million subscribers in Tampa Bay, Central Florida, Indianapolis, Birmingham, Bakersfield and Detroit, along with several smaller systems in Alabama and panhandle Florida. Advance/Newhouse is a privately held company headquartered in Syracuse, New York. The Advance/Newhouse partners' other interests include Conde Nast magazines, PARADE magazine, daily newspapers serving 26 cities, American City Business Journals, which publishes business journals in over 40 cities, Advance Internet and CondeNet, producers of online services, and a significant interest in Discovery Communications, Inc.
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 53.1 million customers at the end of 2006; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and an award-winning and global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
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