February 04, 2008
Instant Gratification: Faster Sprint Mobile Broadband Expands in the Empire State
Race Fans and Concert Goers Benefit from Extended Network Coverage, Mobile Internet Access and Faster Data Speeds in Saratoga, N.Y.
ALBANY, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 4, 2008--On your mark, get set, NOW! Whether you are a horse race aficionado, a concert fan or a visitor, customers in Saratoga, New York 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.
Sprint now offers EV-DO Rev. A coverage in the following areas of Saratoga, NY:
-- Saratoga Performing Arts Center
-- Saratoga Race Track
-- Crescent Avenue
-- Nelson Avenue
-- Clinton Street
-- Skidmore College
-- Downtown Saratoga
-- State Highway 9P
-- US Route 9
-- US Route 50
-- State Highway 29
-- State Highway 9N
-- Interstate 87
-- Route 50
-- Grand Avenue
"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 at 'SprintSpeed' while on the run," said Karen Paletta, area vice president for Sprint. "In addition to the $31.8 million that Sprint invested in the Capital District between 2006 and June of 2007, Sprint expects to continue to invest to further enhance its networks and meet the demand for extensive mobile broadband coverage across the nation."
During 2007, Sprint enhanced EV-DO Rev A mobile broadband coverage to 194 sites and added 23 new sites in the Capital District area. The vast majority of the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network has been upgraded to faster EV-DO Rev. A technology.
Sprint Mobile Broadband is also available throughout New York State in areas including New York City, Poughkeepsie, Albany, Schenectady, Utica, Syracuse, Oswego, Fulton, Watertown, Ithaca, Cortland, Binghamton, Oneonta, Cooperstown, Norwich, Gloversville, Elmira, Lake Placid, Glens Falls, Plattsburgh, Rochester and Buffalo.
On average, customers using EV-DO Rev. A experience significantly faster upload speeds of 350-500 Kbps (compared with 50-70 Kbps on existing 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.
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.
Sprint Mobile Broadband (EV-DO Rev. A-capable) Devices
Sprint offers a variety of EV-DO Rev. A-capable devices including PCMCIA cards, Express Cards and USB modems. Sprint also offers a variety of laptop cards, handheld computers and modules embedded with EV-DO Rev. A technology. 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.
In an effort to provide customers the best value in wireless broadband, customers signing a two-year Sprint subscriber agreement can receive unlimited data usage for $59.99 per month (no separate voice plan required and no additional discounts apply.) Other individual service plans for mobile broadband devices range from $39.99 per month for 40 MB to $79.99 per month for unlimited data usage with a one-year subscriber agreement. Rates apply to all Sprint Mobile Broadband customers.
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.
CONTACT: Sprint Nextel
Jack Pflanz, 315-374-0693
SOURCE: Sprint Nextel