January 15, 2008

Sprint Enhances Network, Expands Coverage For Lake And Sumter Counties

Sprint customers benefit from more than 470 cell sites added throughout the state providing seamless access to innovative wireless services

Leesburg, Fla. - January 15, 2008 - Sprint (NYSE: S) customers in Lake and Sumter counties can now enjoy the benefits of SprintSpeed™ from even more places. During 2007, Sprint added 470 new cells sites throughout Florida and 12 of those are in this Central Florida region.

Sprint customers can take advantage of the recent improvements in the following communities:

Lake County

  • Okahumpka, along Florida's Turnpike in the area of CR 470 and CR 48.
  • Umatilla, along Highway 19, Willis McCall Road and West Ocala Street
  • Clermont at State Road 50 and CR 561A
  • Groveland, along Highway 50, Highway 90, Highway 33 and CR 565.

Sumter County

  • Bushnell
  • Wildwood, in the area of Florida's Turnpike and CR468 East

Sprint offers customers the largest voice calling area, largest mobile broadband network and the world's fastest and largest push-to-talk network, which means customers can share pictures and video, download full-length CD-quality songs, send emails with large attachments, or connect instantly with the touch of a button with Nextel Direct Connect.

“Whether it's catching a conference call or just catching-up, customers can trust Sprint's robust, ever-growing network coverage to help them keep in touch with family, friends and co-workers,” said Jaime Jones, area vice president for Florida.

Nationally during 2007, Sprint added more than 4,000 cell sites to the Nationwide Sprint Network and Nextel National Network. Both networks are currently performing at their best-ever levels, which means fewer blocked or dropped calls, translating to better connections for customers.

More Information

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. By entering an address or ZIP code, customers can check the availability of wireless coverage and recently added cell sites on the Nextel National Network, Nationwide Sprint Network or Sprint Mobile Broadband Network.


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 robust wireless networks serving about 54 million customers at the end of the third quarter 2007; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.

Media Contacts:
Nanci Schwartz, 305-788-8256

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