August 07, 2008

Sprint Customers in Columbus Can Now Experience Faster Mobile Broadband Service

Sprint Customers Benefit from Extended Network Coverage, Mobile Internet Access and Faster Data Speeds in Columbus, Ga.

COLUMBUS, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 7, 2008--Sprint customers in Columbus, Ga., 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.

Some key areas that now include EV-DO Rev. A coverage include:

  • Fort Benning
  • Bradley Park Shopping Center
  • Columbus Civic Center
  • Columbus Iron Works Convention Center
  • Columbus Park Shopping Center
  • Golden Park
  • Cusseta, Ga.
  • LaGrange, Ga.
  • Phenix City, Ala.
  • Seale, Ala.

Sprint Mobile Broadband also is available throughout Atlanta; Auburn, Ala.; Opelika, Ala.; Dothan, Ala.; Montgomery, Ala., and Birmingham.

On average, customers using EV-DO Rev. A experience significantly faster upload speeds of 350-500 Kbps (compared with 50-70 Kbps on 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. For more information on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, including coverage, service plans and the latest access devices, visit www.sprint.com/mobilebroadband.

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.

Simply Everything(SM) Unlimited Pricing Plan

Sprint recently launched its Simply Everything domestic unlimited pricing plan. It provides customers with unlimited voice, data, text, e-mail, Web-surfing, Sprint TV(R), Sprint Music, GPS Navigation, Direct Connect(R) and Group Connect(R) for $99.99 a month. The new pricing plan is available to existing and new customers. For more information on the "Simply Everything" visit www.sprint.com/everything.

Sprint Mobile Broadband (EV-DO Rev. A-capable) Devices

Sprint offers one of the largest mobile broadband device portfolios, including PCMCIA cards, Express Cards, USB devices and mobile broadband routers as well as phones, laptops and other devices with built-in mobile broadband capability. Sprint is also the only carrier to offer GPS services on its Mobile Broadband cards and USB modems.

Sprint was the first carrier to offer Rev. A devices. Sprint upgraded the Mogul by HTC earlier this year to support the faster data speeds of EV-DO Rev. A and plans to do the same later this year for the Touch by HTC. Sprint also recently introduced the Samsung Instinct(TM), a new wireless device that offers consumers an industry-leading user experience by combining full touch-screen functionality with the fast speeds available on the nation's largest mobile broadband network.

As Sprint's first EV-DO Rev A consumer-centric device, the Samsung Instinct provides the ability to quickly browse the Web, access business or personal e-mail, share pictures, listen to commercial-free radio and more at broadband speeds. Instinct also provides smooth access to GPS applications including Sprint Navigation, with GPS-enabled audio and visual turn-by-turn driving directions and one-click traffic rerouting as well as Live Search for Sprint, powered by Microsoft, providing easy access to directory information on-the-go, interactive maps and one-touch click to call access.

Customers can access the latest information on Instinct at www.instinctthephone.com.

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 nearly 52 million customers at the end of the second quarter 2008; 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.

Kristin Wallace, 404-649-1625

SOURCE: Sprint

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