January 14, 2008
Sprint Enhances Network, Expands Coverage Throughout Alabama
Sprint Customers Benefit: 81 New Sites in Alabama and Expanded EVDO Coverage
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 14, 2008--Sprint (NYSE:S) customers in Birmingham can now enjoy the benefits of SprintSpeed(TM) from even more places in Alabama. During 2007, Sprint added 81 new cell sites throughout Alabama and 50 of these sites were added in the Birmingham market*.
Sprint customers in the Birmingham area can take advantage of the recent enhancements at the following key locations in the market:
-- In and around Talladega, AL -- Cordova -- Eastwood Mall -- Hoover -- Mountain Brook -- Pelham -- Vestavia Hills
In addition, while traveling to Montgomery, AL, customers will now be able to experience the faster Sprint Mobile Broadband network. 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 email 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.
"Sprint is constantly working to enhance and expand its networks throughout Alabama and the country," said Jeff Bennett, area vice president for Sprint. "Sprint offers customers the largest voice calling area, largest mobile broadband network and the world's fastest and largest push-to-talk network. This gives our customers the ability and tools they need to stay in touch with their family, friends and business associates."
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.
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, recently added cell sites and the network signal strength on the Nextel National Network, Nationwide Sprint Network or Sprint Mobile Broadband Network.
*Cities included in and around Birmingham: Bessemer; Birmingham; Brookwood; Chelsea; Columbiana; Cordova; Guin; Haleyville; Hamilton; Helena; McCalla; Montevallo; Mountain Brook; Oneonta; Pelham; Talladega; Trussville; Vestavia Hills; Vincent, and Warrior.
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 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.
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