Sprint Brings Wireless Speeds up to 10 Times Faster Than Today’s 3G
from Any National Wireless Carrier
PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 26, 2009--
The wireless future just arrived in Philadelphia. Sprint (NYSE: S) today
announced the launch of Sprint 4G mobile broadband throughout the
Philadelphia 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
wireless mobile broadband experience across the city, whether they’re
working at a remote location, relaxing in the park, 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.
Philadelphia is one of the first cities to enjoy 4G wireless connections
from Sprint, the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and
market 4G technology. Sprint 4G delivers download speeds up to 10 times
faster than 3G.1 Sprint 4G is like a hotspot designed to
reach across Philadelphia. View 4G coverage at www.sprint.com/4G.
By dramatically increasing download speeds for photos, videos and large
files, Sprint 4G is enabling innovative applications now. With Sprint
4G, you can download a favorite sitcom or a large video in seconds, or
watch streaming video on the go, not just at home. You can download
songs and pictures in seconds, not minutes and share live video of
events in real time while on the go, not just from the home or office.
Businesses are discovering that Sprint 4G is an effective, flexible,
alternative for Internet connectivity that can both increase
productivity and expand their capabilities. For example, retailers can
implement cost-effective wireless voice and data solutions for their
outlets; real estate agents can conduct virtual property tours;
construction teams using 4G in the field can save valuable time by
sharing schematics with engineers online; insurance companies can speed
their claims management through real-time communication with on-site
adjusters; educators can enhance distance learning with two-way
interactive live video; health care professionals can improve their
ability to remotely monitor patients; emergency first responders can
rapidly assess and coordinate disaster action with real-time on-site
video and audio; and photo-journalists can instantly transfer
high-resolution images to the newsroom.
Sprint 4G extends the web experience to meet each person’s
moment-to-moment mobile 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
“Sprint continues to lead the charge in rolling out wireless 4G in
cities across America and the momentum continues to build,” said Todd
Rowley, vice president of Sprint 4G. “Our aggressive expansion of Sprint
4G will include many new devices and capabilities that create increased
performance and productivity while enhancing personal lifestyles on the
Sprint 4G powered by WiMAX is
expanding across the country
Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008. In
addition to Philadelphia, Sprint also launched 4G service recently in
the Texas cities of Abilene, Killeen-Temple, Corpus Christi, Waco,
Wichita Falls, Amarillo and Midland-Odessa. These follow 4G launches
earlier this year in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Portland, Bellingham, Wash.,
and Boise, Idaho. Sprint also plans to deploy Sprint 4G service in these
additional markets in 2009: Chicago; Dallas-Ft. Worth; Austin, Texas;
Charlotte, N.C.; Greensboro, N.C.; Honolulu; Maui, Hawaii; Raleigh,
N.C.; Salem, Ore.; San Antonio and Seattle.
In 2010, Sprint expects to launch service in multiple markets, including
Boston, Houston, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
Sprint customers in Philadelphia can start enjoying 4G today with the
3G/4G USB Modem U300, the first device from any national wireless
carrier to offer access to both 3G and 4G – practically future-proofing
wireless technology for its customers. Sprint customers can take
advantage of America’s most dependable 3G network2 when
outside of 4G coverage. For a limited time, customers can benefit from a
4G promotion allowing them to get the dual-mode device for free after a
$50 mail-in rebate for consumers and instant rebates for business
clients (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 (price
plans exclude surcharges and taxes).
For those who live and work outside of a Sprint 4G service area, but
find themselves in a 4G service area, Sprint offers a 3G-only plan at
$59.99 per month 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 hours.
Customers in Sprint 4G service areas can purchase the U300 and sign up
for 4G/3G plans at select Sprint retail stores, select 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 has several new 4G devices planned for 2009 and 2010, including a
single-mode 4G data card, embedded laptops and a 4G phone.
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) “up to 10x faster” based on download speed comparison of 3G’s 600
kbps vs. 4G’s 6 Mbps. Typical published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7
Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary. 4G currently
available in select areas /devices; check Sprint.com/4G for Sprint 4G
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 US markets (including PR) from January 2008 to
July 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.
Scott Sloat, 240-855-0164