March 13, 2007
Sprint Launches Faster Mobile Broadband Network in Charlotte
Users of the Nation's Largest Mobile Broadband Network Now Have the Power of Significantly Faster Upload Speeds and a More Robust Experience
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 13, 2007--Beginning today, Sprint (NYSE: S) customers throughout the Charlotte area join the nearly 110 million people in more than 4,500 communities who can enjoy access to the upgraded Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, which provides users faster data speeds and the ability to ultimately use richer applications and services such as high-speed video telephony, music-on-demand, video messaging and large file uploads.
The industry's largest mobile broadband network allows customers in the Charlotte market to experience significantly faster average upload speeds of 350-500 Kbps (compared with 50-70 Kbps on current EV-DO networks) and average download speeds of 600 Kbps-1.4 Mbps (from 400-700 Kbps). Sprint's upgraded mobile broadband network was awarded the coveted PC Magazine Editors' Choice Award selected by a panel of PC Magazine editors, and leading industry experts.
"Sprint customers in Charlotte can now take advantage of the largest mobile broadband network to send and receive information at even faster speeds," said Craven Shumaker, Sprint area vice president of sales. "This leading technology gives our customers the powerful combination of mobility and speed to send and receive information so they can manage their business and personal lives while on the go."
Upgraded EV-DO Revision A coverage will be available throughout most of the metropolitan Charlotte area including:
- Downtown Charlotte
- Charlotte International Airport
- Most of the Interstate 77 corridor between Statesville, NC and Rock Hill, SC
- Most of the Interstate 85 corridor between Salisbury, NC and the South Carolina border
- In and around Gastonia, Rockingham and Monroe
Currently, Sprint provides mobile broadband services throughout North Carolina including in and around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville and many areas in between. The upgrade to the faster technology is part of Sprint's ongoing investment in its wireless and wireline networks nationwide. Last year, Sprint spent more than $39 million in Charlotte and $7 billion nationally to improve its networks.
The Sprint Mobile Broadband Network is the nation's largest mobile broadband network, reaching more than 209 million people nationwide in more than 10,600 communities as well as 1010 airports. Sprint will continue to upgrade its mobile broadband network to the faster EV-DO Revision A technology for the rest of 2007 which will further drive Sprint's wireless data leadership as customers will be able to use the upgraded network to utilize applications such as all IP video telephony, high-performance push-to-talk (walkie-talkie service), multi-user video conferencing, real-time gaming and video streaming as they become available.
Device Portfolio And GPS Leadership
Sprint also has the industry leading portfolio of Revision A-capable devices including the Merlin EX720 by Novatel Wireless (Nasdaq: NVTL), Sprint's first EV-DO Revision A capable ExpressCard, the Novatel Wireless U720 USB device and three PCMCIA Type II Mobile Broadband cards. Other devices embedded with Sprint's EV-DO Revision A technology include laptops like Sony's VAIO VGN-TXN10 Series and rugged, stand-alone connectivity devices like Airlink's PinPoint X and Raven X. All of the Sprint EV-DO Revision A-capable devices will also work on the mobile broadband network in areas where the EV-DO Revision A upgrade is not yet available.
Sprint customers with the Novatel Wireless U720 and Novatel EX720 now have the power to use the first Location Based Services (LBS) capability on a Revision A connection card through an enhanced version of the Sprint Connection Manager software. Users of these cards will be able to perform location based searches to find a nearby restaurant, gas station, bank and other points of interest without having to input their current location. This basic Sprint location and search usage is included as part of Sprint's flexible data and unlimited data connection card plans. Current users can obtain the software by checking for updates using their Sprint Connection Manager, or it can be downloaded from www.sprint.com/downloads.
Customers signing a two-year Sprint subscriber agreement may be eligible to receive unlimited data usage for $59.99 per month (no separate voice plan required). Other individual service plans for all mobile broadband devices currently range from $39.99 per month for 40 MB to $79.99 per month for unlimited data usage with a one year subscriber agreement. Rates apply to all Power Vision users and do not change in areas that have been upgraded to EV-DO Revision A.
Additional information on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, including coverage maps showing current and future coverage, Mobile Broadband service plans, and the latest access devices, can be found at http://powervision.sprint.com/mobilebroadband/.
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 53.1 million customers at the end of 2006; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and an award-winning and global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
CONTACT: Sprint Nextel
Kristin Wallace, 404-649-1625
SOURCE: Sprint Nextel