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May 18, 2010

Memorial Day Travelers Can Turn Their Sprint Phone into a Travel Guide with Apps to Plan, Navigate and Save

Book Flights or Hotels, Check the Weather to Help You Pack, and Find the Best Local Restaurants and Great Deals When You Get There - All on the Powerful Now Network

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 18, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Feeling a little wanderlust as you look forward to a three-day weekend and the unofficial start of summer? Sprint (NYSE:S) customers looking to get away this Memorial Day weekend can turn their Sprint phone into a helpful travel guide with access to useful apps that make planning a trip, discovering new places, and finding their way there quick and easy with the speed and reliability of the Now Network. Travelers can book a hotel, check the weather, and find things to do at their destination right from their Sprint phone with apps such as Kayak and WHERE.

"Today's travelers can look to their Sprint phone for all the information and tools they need for a great Memorial Day vacation," said Len Barlik, vice president of wireless and wireline services for Sprint. "With access to thousands of apps on Sprint phones, travelers can get help planning their trip, finding their way to where they want to go, and finding restaurants and other attractions once they get there, using the speed and dependability of the Sprint 3G network."

Find Apps on Sprint Phones for Every Stage of Your Trip

Through Android Market, BlackBerry App World and GetJar, Sprint phones offer access to thousands of downloadable apps that travelers can use at all stages of their trip, whether it's finding the right flight or hotel, checking out local events and coupons, or mapping the best route to and from their destination.

For help planning before hitting the road, try these apps:

  • Kayak - Available for Android phones, such as Sprint's HTC Hero and Samsung Moment, and for BlackBerry smartphones, the Kayak app connects you to the popular travel search engine to find deals on airfare or get the perfect hotel. If your flight is cancelled, find a new one in a minute, or get on the phone with the airline in seconds.
  • TripIt Travel Organizer - This free app for Android and BlackBerry puts all your travel plans right on your phone, no matter where your travel was booked. Forward travel confirmation e-mails to plans@tripit.com to build your itinerary, sync your plans with your calendar, and access your travel info any time right on your phone.
  • WeatherBug - With WeatherBug for Android(TM), you can easily find out the current local weather, plus hourly and seven-day forecasts for your vacation destination. WeatherBug features live neighborhood weather updates from 8,000 weather stations across the country - including National Weather Service weather alerts, such as tornado warnings. By using integrated GPS, the app can change its forecasting location automatically, so there's no need to manually enter your new location once you arrive.

For local search and discovery while traveling, check out:

  • WHERE - Available on Android, BlackBerry and Palm smartphones from Sprint, WHERE provides useful information about the local area, places to visit, things to do, and opportunities to save money with offers and coupons. Sprint plans to preload WHERE on select new Sprint phones launching in 2010.

With WHERE, you can search for and discover the best restaurants, bars and events, cheapest gas prices and closest movie theaters, and get directions to any venue. WHERE also provides local coupons and offers that will help you save money at restaurants, events, spas and retail stores. WHERE connects you to all the information you need to feel like a local no matter where you go. You can also sync your WHERE Placebook (address book of your places) on your phone with WHERE on the Web at Where.com.

"WHERE is hands-down one of the best apps on my phone," said Kate Nixon, a Sprint BlackBerry user. "I use it on a daily basis to check things like weather and news. When I'm traveling, WHERE helps me find everything I'm looking for, such as information about nearby restaurants and stores - complete with reviews and coupons that help me save money! It's an easy to use mini travel guide that fits right in my pocket."

To help find your way around an unfamiliar city or area, try:

  • NY Bus & Subway Maps - This free app delivers quick access to New York MTA subway and bus maps on Android phones. Similar apps are available for public transit options in Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and other cities.
  • Backpacker's GPS Trails - Available for Android phones, this app doubles as a portable trip database and personal navigation device for your outdoor travels: hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, trail running, mountaineering, or basic trail navigation. Search by name or park, or select from trails near your current location to find adventures across North America, and use the compass to follow bearings or go to waypoints on the trail.

Sprint Networks Deliver What Travelers Need Now

With many useful apps available on their Sprint phone, travelers know they can rely on the Sprint 3G network when they're on their trip. No one has a more reliable network than Sprint based on a 13-city 3G performance test by PC World.1

Sprint is also the only national wireless carrier to provide 4G mobile broadband. Where Sprint 4G is available, travelers can use such 4G devices as Overdrive(TM) 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless and the award-winning HTC EVO 4G, coming June 4 exclusively from Sprint, to record trip highlights and instantly share footage with family and friends; stream online movies in the car without the lag; or let the kids play online games in real time while on the road. Sprint 4G is available in 32 cities across the nation. For additional information on 4G coverage, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

Spend Less on Your Wireless Bill, More on Vacation

Sprint's affordable Everything Data 450 plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM gives customers unlimited calling with any mobile phone in America, unlimited text and picture messaging, and unlimited Web, e-mail and social networking for just $69.99 - the same price AT&T and Verizon charge for unlimited talk only (pricing excludes surcharges and taxes).

Sprint Everything Data plans are available with any Sprint phone and automatically enroll customers in the Sprint Premier loyalty program, for benefits including annual device upgrades on the primary line, six-month plan checks and "just-because" perks. 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.

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.

Sprint Guarantees You'll Be Satisfied

With the new Sprint Free Guarantee, the most robust satisfaction guarantee in the wireless industry, customers can try a new line of service with Sprint for 30 days. If they aren't completely satisfied with Sprint during that period, they can cancel service and return their device to be reimbursed for the device purchase and activation fee, get the early termination fee waived, get a full refund for 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 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 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 involved Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in 13 major cities in all regions of the country during December 2009 and 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

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