Sprint announces the availability of a 4G “hot spot the size of the
city” in Bellingham.
Sprint continues its 4G leadership with turbo-charged wireless
connectivity, faster than today’s 3G from any carrier
BELLINGHAM, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 1, 2009--
Life in Bellingham just got a lot more productive for those who want
high-speed Internet at any place or time. Sprint (NYSE: S) today
announced the launch of Sprint 4G mobile broadband throughout the
Bellingham metro area. As a result, streaming video, fast file downloads
and uploads and turbo-charged web browsing are no longer just home,
office or coffee shop benefits. Sprint 4G customers can enjoy a blazing
fast mobile broadband experience across the city, whether they’re
working at a remote location, between classes on campus, relaxing in the
park by the river, sitting at a favorite eatery or as a passenger on the
freeway or public transportation – all for just a $10 per month premium
over current Sprint 3G mobile data plans.
Bellingham is among the first cities to enjoy 4G wireless connections
from Sprint, the first national carrier to test, launch and market 4G
technology. Sprint 4G delivers downlink speeds which are up to 10 times
faster1 than 3G.
“Sprint 4G represents an enormous leap in connectivity speed, with
valuable benefits for a variety of applications.” said Kevin Kunkel,
regional vice president, Sprint. “Sprint has a significant head start in
deploying 4G, and we’re prepared to leverage our 4G speeds and growing
national coverage to help businesses, government agencies and
educational institutions increase their capabilities, enhance
productivity and reduce costs.”
Sprint 4G powered by WiMAX is
expanding across the country
Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008. In
addition to Bellingham, Sprint also launched 4G service in Boise, Idaho
today, following launches earlier this month in Atlanta, Las Vegas and
Portland. Sprint also plans to deploy Sprint 4G service in these
additional markets in 2009: Chicago, Ill.; Dallas, Ft. Worth, Texas;
Philadelphia, Penn.; Austin, Texas; Abilene, Texas; Amarillo, Texas;
.Charlotte, N.C.; Corpus Christi, Texas; Greensboro, N.C.; Honolulu,
Hawaii; Killeen-Temple, Texas; Lubbock, Texas; Maui, Hawaii;
Midland-Odessa, Texas; Raleigh, N.C.; Salem, Ore.; San Antonio, Texas;
Seattle, Wash.; Waco, Texas; and Wichita Falls, Texas.
In 2010, Sprint expects to launch service in multiple markets, including
Boston, Houston, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
“Sprint continues to re-draw the communications landscape as we harness
the power of 4G in markets across America,” said Todd Rowley, vice
president of Sprint 4G. “Our aggressive expansion of Sprint 4G will
include new devices and capabilities that create increased performance
and productivity for business and government, while also enhancing
Sprint has several new 4G devices planned for 2009 and 2010, including a
single-mode 4G data card, embedded laptops and a 4G phone. As they
become available, Sprint 4G-enabled smart phones will have the promise
of delivering the unique processing power, applications and network
connectivity to connect your entire digital life on the internet.
Sprint makes the Internet a moving
experience and offers a variety of value pricing options for residents
With peak downlink speeds of more than 10 Mbps, Sprint 4G breathes new
life into wireless internet. Customers can now instantly download the
files they need to get work done on the run. Or they can browse the web
just like at home from across the city, not just a few hotspots. Kids
can laugh at an online video or movie trailer while travelling in the
family car across the city. Avid online game players can enjoy an
enhanced competitive experience with higher speeds and reduced latency.
It’s all a part of extending the web experience to meet each person’s
moment-to-moment needs by using 4G data cards and routers – and in the
future – laptop solutions and mobile phones that deliver rich content,
larger file transfers, streaming video and low-latency remote access.
Sprint customers in Bellingham can start enjoying 4G today with the
3G/4G USB Modem U300, the first device from any wireless carrier to
offer access to both 3G and 4G – practically future-proofing wireless
technology for its customers. Customers can experience 4G speeds in
Bellingham, Boise, Baltimore, Las Vegas and Portland today and more
cities later this year, and take advantage of America’s most dependable
3G network2 when outside of 4G coverage. For a special
limited time 4G launch promotion, the device is currently free after a
$50 mail-in rebate (excludes taxes) with a two-year agreement. Sprint is
currently offering new 4G/3G data plans for consumers at $69.99 monthly
with unlimited 4G and 4G/3G data plans for businesses at $69.99 with
unlimited 4G and unlimited 3G on the Sprint network3
(excludes Sprint surcharges and taxes.)
For those who live and work outside of a Sprint 4G service area, but
plan to travel to a 4G service area, Sprint offers a 3G-only plan at
$59.99 per month (excludes Sprint surcharges and taxes) with the U300.
Customers can then purchase a 4G day-pass when they visit any Sprint 4G
service areas. The $10 day-pass enables Sprint 4G on their device for 24
Customers in Bellingham, Boise, Atlanta, Baltimore, Las Vegas and
Portland can purchase the U300 and sign up for 4G/3G plans at Sprint
retail stores, Best Buy stores and local retailers. Customers who are
not yet in a current Sprint 4G service area can purchase the dual-mode
U300, 3G plans and 4G day passes via Sprint telesales at 1-800-Sprint-1
or online at www.sprint.com/4G.
Sprint 4G will give business customers
a competitive advantage
Sprint 4G is already enabling innovative applications for businesses in
Baltimore, where the service has been available for nearly a year. For
example, photo-journalists are using Sprint 4G to share breaking news
photos in real time by using the Internet to instantly transfer
high-resolution images directly from digital cameras to the newsroom. In
addition to using 4G as a productivity tool, businesses are discovering
that Sprint 4G is an effective, low-cost access alternative for Internet
Sprint 4G applications such as these are only the beginning. Sprint’s
Business Markets Group (BMG) is combining Sprint’s 4G and 3G
capabilities with the company’s leadership in wireless-wireline
integration, push-to-talk and Global IP to offer a growing portfolio of
unique solutions for such vital functions as customer relationship
management, supply chain management, process improvement, sales force
automation and field force automation.
Sprint is harnessing the power of 4G as the largest shareholder of Clearwire
with a 51 percent stake in this independent company that is building the
WiMAX network. Sprint is the only national wireless carrier to offer 4G
services on the Clearwire WiMAX network.
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 wireless networks serving almost 49 million customers at the end of
the second quarter of 2009; industry-leading mobile data services;
instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a
global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company’s customer-focused strategy
has led to improved first call resolution and customer care satisfaction
scores. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
1) Average 4G download speeds are 3-5x faster than average 3G speeds. Speed
claims based on download speeds only. Actual speeds may vary. 4G
currently available in limited areas and on select devices; check
Sprint.com/4G for Sprint 4G coverage/device info.
2) “Dependable” based on independent, third-party drive tests for 3G
data connection success, session reliability and signal strength for the
top 50 most populous markets from January 2008 to February 2009. Not all
services available on 3G and coverage may default to separate network
when 3G unavailable.
3) The unlimited 3G/4G plan is for corporate liable accounts only.
Sprint reserves the right, at our sole discretion to deny, terminate,
modify, disconnect or suspend service if corporate-liable customer
exceeds the off-network roaming threshold (300MB/mo.) or engages in the
following prohibited uses: server devices or host computer applications,
including, but not limited to, disproportionate Web camera posts or
broadcasts, automatic data feeds, automated machine-to-machine
connections, peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing applications broadcast to
multiple servers or recipients such that they could enable "bots" or
similar routines, or for any other reason that, in our sole discretion
harms our network.
Stephanie Vinge-Walsh, 310-213-0039