August 11, 2010

Soar into the School Year with Straight ‘A’ Devices and Honor-Roll-Worthy Applications from Sprint

Students can stay on top of their school work and keep in touch with Sprint’s exclusive combination of powerful phones, affordable Everything Data plans and access to thousands of applications

Prepaid options including new QWERTY handsets from Boost Mobile and on-the-go Internet access with Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), August 11, 2010 - With back-to-school shopping in full swing, don’t forget to include essential gear from Sprint (NYSE:S) in backpacks to start the school year with high marks. Students can stay on top of their school work and keep in touch with Sprint’s exclusive combination of powerful phones, affordable Everything Data plans and access to thousands of applications.

In addition, college students will appreciate starting their fall learning with Blackboard Mobile Learn, an application that allows students at many colleges to complete class work, check grades, interact with professors and more from virtually anywhere, anytime and at no extra charge for Sprint customers using Android and BlackBerry devices on the Now Network™.

“We have a great selection of the coolest phones this year, including America’s first 3G/4G phone, HTC EVO™ 4G, boasting turbo-charged speeds and amazing multimedia tools providing students the ability to manage work and play,” said David Owens, vice president of Marketing for Sprint. “Sprint devices are powerful tools that make it easy for students to juggle their schoolwork and social life, with apps geared for learning or social networking. With Sprint, busy students can easily stay connected with mom and dad while juggling school commitments and friends.”

Sprint’s award-winning device lineup is sure to make the dean’s list this year. From the first 4G phone to eco-friendly options, Sprint has the device to take your student to the head of the class, including:

  • HTC EVO™ 4G – Soar to the front of the class at 4G speeds. America’s first 3G/4G Android handset offers a rich mobile Internet experience with a fully integrated suite of services built on the Android™2.1 platform. HTC EVO 4G includes a blazing-fast 1GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor, the award-winning HTC Sense™ user experience, an 8.0 MP auto-focus camera with HD-capable video camcorder and a forward-facing 1.3 MP camera. HTC EVO 4G allows you to stay in touch with your kids while they are away at school with two-way voice and video service. HTC delivers the ultimate multimedia experience at Sprint 3G and 4G speeds and is available for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate (excludes taxes).
  • Samsung Intercept™ – Earning high marks as a stylish and valuable addition to the growing portfolio of Android devices from Sprint, this full-featured smartphone offers a 3-inch, touch-screen display, 3.2 MP camera and video, and full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Samsung Intercept also comes preloaded with social apps and one-touch picture posting to the top social sites. Loaded with Android 2.1, Samsung Intercept provides access to popular Google™ mobile services, including Google Search™, Google Maps™, Gmail™ and YouTube™, and more than 65,000 applications available in Android Market™ today. Intercept is available for $99.99 with a new two-year service agreement and after $100 mail-in rebate (excludes taxes).
  • LG Rumor Touch™ – A sophisticated and stylish successor to one of Sprint’s most popular messaging devices, perfect for the class social-bee. Keeping connected is easy with LG Rumor Touch with a 3-inch touch-screen and quick access to threaded text messaging or e-mail and with 3G data great for updating their Facebook status, uploading a photo to Photobucket or looking for the coolest hangout with its built-in GPS. This sleek device is available for $49.99 with a new two-year service agreement and after a $50 mail-in rebate (excludes taxes).
  • Samsung Restore™ – For the eco-friendly scholar who doesn’t want to sacrifice technology and a sleek form factor while being green. Samsung Restore is Sprint’s third eco-friendly device and offers 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® wireless technology, Sprint Family Locator, Sprint Music, Sprint Navigation and Sprint TV®. The phone’s casing includes 27 percent post-consumer recycled plastics, and the device contains materials that are 84 percent recyclable. This streamlined, green device is available for $49.99 with a new two-year service agreement and after a $50 mail-in rebate (excludes taxes).
  • BlackBerry® Curve™ 8530 – Complement your back-to-school look with BlackBerry Curve 8530, available in three stylish color options: Ruby Red, Black and Royal Purple. This smartphone offers a lightweight, updated design, slimmer profile, rounded edges and faster processor than its predecessor, which makes it even more attractive to the student who needs productivity features, such as e-mail, calendar and contact synchronization, but wants advanced multimedia, social networking and downloadable applications. It includes a full QWERTY keyboard, trackpad and dedicated multimedia keys for quick and easy navigation. BlackBerry Curve 8530 is available for $49.99 with a new two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate (excludes taxes).

All of these phones and many others from Sprint allow families to take advantage of Sprint Family Locator, a service that uses GPS to allow families to locate their children using their Sprint phones. To sign up for Sprint Family Locator for just $5 per month to locate up to four phones, Sprint customers can visit www.sprint.com/familylocator.

In addition, Sprint phones offer access to thousands of additional downloadable apps through Android Market, BlackBerry App World or GetJar. Whether it’s keeping up with assignments, learning about their new college town, or creating their own studying soundtrack, students can take advantage of helpful applications, including:

Android Apps

  • Dictionary.com: When reading or writing, everyone needs a good dictionary. The Dictionary.com app delivers trusted reference content from Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com. The app includes phonetic and audio pronunciations, spelling suggestions and the popular Word of the Day. Also available in BlackBerry App World.
  • Mint.com Personal Finance: School supplies aren’t cheap. To keep from getting in over their heads, students can turn to Mint.com, a free app that helps them keep track of their financial situation on-the-go. Students can set up their account on their computer and sync their financial data directly to their Android device. They can check balances, maintain a budget, and see their spending right from their phone.
  • Pandora Radio: School isn't all work and no play. Sometimes listening to soothing music can help calm the nerves while staying up late studying. Pandora Radio provides students an instant music collection right on their phone by building playlists based on their favorite songs or artists. Also available in BlackBerry App World.
  • Layar: Layar's augmented reality display will familiarize college students with their new city. Exclusive to Android Market, Layar provides a view through their phone's camera, which highlights points of interest, including popular nightspots, restaurants and shops.
  • handyCalc: Rather than buying a graphing calculator for $100 and worry about forgetting to bring it to class, students can download this highly rated, free application from Android Market. They'll never worry about forgetting it again, because they’ll always have their phone in hand.

BlackBerry Apps

  • StudentDocket: A streamlined, easy-to-use organizer built for students, by students! StudentDocket allows you to view all of your assignments by class and due date. By displaying easy-to-read dates and color coding recent or overdue assignments, StudentDocket helps you keep track of what needs to be done now. You can even break large assignments into smaller, more manageable tasks using the intuitive project management feature.

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 helps students and families stick to their budgets with affordable and no-surprise rate 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 Nationwide 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, whose benefits include 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.

Sprint also offers several devices and no-contract service from its prepaid brands, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile, for students on a tight budget who are looking for simple and straightforward pricing options.

  • Virgin Mobile MiFi® 2200 from Novatel Wireless: Allows students to stay connected and flexible at home or on-the-go without that annoying caffeine addiction! MiFi, the industry’s first prepaid Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, allows those using any Wi-Fi enabled device to connect up to five users to 3G, prepaid wireless Internet service without an annual contract, monthly subscription or activation fee. Now college roommates and dorm buddies can share one hotspot to connect their laptops and gaming devices at the same time. Available at retailers across the country for just $149.99 (excluding taxes), Broadband2Go plans allow consumers to pay for what they use plans range from $10 (data expires after 10 days) and $20 to $60 (data expires after 30 days), with the $60 plan offering 5GB.
  • The Motorola Rambler™: Enhances the text messaging experience with an easy-to-use full QWERTY keypad integrated into a compact flip phone design. Built with texting in mind, the Rambler is a perfect handset to pair with the Boost Mobile $50 Monthly Unlimited plan, which includes nationwide unlimited voice, text messaging, Web, e-mail, calls to 411, and instant messaging without an annual contract. Motorola Rambler is available at www.boostmobile.com for $99.99 (excluding taxes).

The new Sprint Free Guarantee offers the most robust satisfaction guarantee in the wireless industry today, allowing customers to try a new line of service with Sprint for 30 days. If a customer isn’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 service plan, premium content, third-party billing and international charges.

Sprint is the first national wireless carrier offering 4G technology. Sprint 4G is available in 48 markets, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., San Antonio and Seattle. Sprint 4G delivers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G1, giving HTC EVO 4G and the upcoming Samsung Epic 4G faster data speeds than any U.S. wireless device available today. By the end of this year, Sprint 4G plans to light up more major markets, such as Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

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 48.1 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first 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; 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.

1Based on download speed comparison of 3G’s 600 kbps vs. 4G’s 6 Mbps. Industry published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7 Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary.


Natalie Papaj, Sprint
Emmy Anderson, Sprint

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