September 02, 2008
Sprint Launches Motorola Renegade V950, Pairing Fastest Push-to-Talk Network with Nation's Largest Mobile Broadband Network in an Ultra-Rugged Handset
With More Push-to-Talk (PTT) Handsets to Choose from Than Any Other Carrier, the Largest Community of PTT Users Can Get More Done Instantly with Voice, Fast Data Speeds and Instant PTT Connections
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 2, 2008--Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced availability of its latest Nextel Direct Connect phone - the Motorola Renegade(TM) V950. This new handset features a slim, clamshell form factor built to Military specifications 810F for dust, shock, vibration and blowing rain and incorporates Nextel Direct Connect(1) push-to-talk services, the speed of Sprint Mobile Broadband(1) and Sprint's largest voice calling area, giving customers yet another option to meet their productivity needs with connection in less than one second to millions of existing Nextel Direct Connect subscribers nationwide.
Powered by Qualcomm's QChat technology, the Motorola Renegade V950 provides industry-leading push-to-talk performance, while operating on certain Rev. A portions of the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network. Users can enjoy instant one-to-one push-to-talk communication that is interoperable with the millions of existing Nextel Direct Connect users as well as the one-to-many Group Connect that allows for quick communication with up to 20 other Nextel Direct Connect users on Sprint enabled PPT phones.(1)
Other key features available on the Renegade V950 include: -- Ultra-Rugged Design: Certified to military specifications for dust, shock, vibration and blowing rain enabling users to get work done even in a harsh environment. -- Sprint Music Store(1): Download stereo-quality tracks instantly over the air. Choose songs from thousands of artists in virtually every genre.(1,3) -- Sprint Radio(1): Listen to more than 100 local radio stations from across the country and more than 50 other commercial-free channels, including Hip Hop, Country, Alternative, Rock and more.(1) -- Sprint TV(R)(1): Watch live TV, short clips or full-length episodes - from channels users know, including CBS, ABC, CNN and more.(1) -- Picture Mail(1): Take, save, share and publish quality digital photos or video clips. -- Sprint Navigation(1): Delivers voice-guided and on-screen, turn-by-turn GPS-enabled driving directions, 3-D moving maps similar to an in-car navigation system or personal navigation device, as well as local search and real-time intelligent traffic alerts and one-click rerouting, anywhere on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network.(1) -- NFL Mobile Live(1): Provides live audio broadcasts of all NFL regular season games, live audio/video stream of 8 NFL Network games (starting in November 2008), live 24/7 stream of the NFL Network, exclusive team content, exclusive video highlights from all games and fantasy tools.(1) -- Bluetooth(R) Wireless Technology (with stereo support)(2): Communicate with compatible devices via built-in short-range wireless radio technology.(2) -- 2.0 Megapixel Camera and Camcorder: Capture high-resolution images with the digital camera and a 4X digital zoom with embedded flash. Create video clips and easily share with friends and family.(1) -- Mobile Email(1): Easy, one-touch access to all personal email including AOL/AIM, Yahoo!, Windows Live (Hotmail and MSN) and more.(1) -- Instant Messaging(1): Send and receive instant messages and email from your phone.(1) -- Sprint(R) Mobile Sync(1): Easy-to-use online tool for contact and group management, address book synchronization between online and phone, secure contact backup, and automatic contact transfer when changing to a new capable phone.(1)
"Nextel Direct Connect is critical to Sprint's position as the dominant player in the push-to-talk and GPS solution categories," said Danny Bowman, president of Nextel Direct Connect for Sprint. "Sprint is committed to Nextel Direct Connect and will continue to expand capabilities and options for our customers. With the addition of the Renegade V950, Sprint customers have another rough and tumble handset delivering the fastest national push-to-talk network matched with Sprint's largest voice calling area and the nation's largest mobile broadband network so they can do even more, faster."
Beginning today, the Motorola Renegade V950 will be available for purchase in select markets through Sprint retail stores, direct sales or telesales (1-800-Sprint1) for as low as $129.99 with a two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in-rebate.
In addition to the Motorola Renegade V950, Sprint offers four other devices that combine Nextel Direct Connect push-to-talk services with the speed of the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network and Sprint's largest voice calling area: the LX400 by LG(R), Z400 by Samsung(R), the Pro-200 by Sanyo(R) and the Pro-700 by Sanyo(R).
Unlimited Direct Connect and Group Connect are included at no additional charge in Everything plans starting at $69.99 per month, and Talk/Message/Direct Connect plans starting at $49.99 per month.
*Not all features are available with all phones. Nextel Direct Connect capability is not available in all markets where these devices are sold. Customers should consult sales representatives prior to purchase. Push-to-talk coverage varies depending on the user's push-to-talk phone. Detailed coverage maps are available at www.sprint.com/coverage.
About Nextel Direct Connect
With more than 15 years of expertise, Sprint is the undisputed leader in push-to-talk with the largest community of users in the world. Nextel Direct Connect has set the industry standard for push-to-talk and serves millions of Nextel Direct Connect subscribers on the fastest national push-to-talk network. These customers made more than 90 billion Nextel Direct Connect connections in 2007.
Nextel Direct Connect is the only push-to-talk product in the industry that offers:
-- Industry-leading performance with the advantage of instant connection (call set-up times of less than one second) -- Connection to the world's largest community of users, with millions of existing Nextel Direct Connect(1) subscribers -- Nationwide and international push-to-talk services -- The largest portfolio of push-to-talk phones, including the largest selection of rugged phones -- Integrated business solutions, including the largest selection of GPS-solutions
For more information about Nextel Direct Connect, and to check availability by ZIP code, please visit www.sprint.com/nexteldirectconnect.
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.
Certain mobile phone features may not be available throughout the entire network or their functionality may be limited. All features, functionality and other product specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation. "Largest" claim based on geographic coverage (in sq. miles). Sprint Mobile Broadband Network reaches over 248 million people (including data roaming).
(1) Network dependent feature, not available in all areas. Airtime, data charges, and/or additional charges may apply. PTT connectivity requires PTT compatible phones. At this time, Renegade V950 is not interoperable with Nextel or PowerSource phones for Group Connect services.
(2) This device supports Bluetooth A2DP and AVRCP profiles. In order for Bluetooth devices to communicate with one another, they must utilize the same Bluetooth profile. To determine the profiles supported by other Motorola devices, visit www.motorola.com/bluetooth. For other devices, contact their respective manufacturer.
Certain Bluetooth features including those listed may not be supported by all compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices, and/or the functionality of such features may be limited in certain devices, or by certain wireless carriers. Contact your wireless carrier about feature availability and functionality.
(3) The unauthorized copying of copyrighted materials is contrary to the provisions of the Copyright Laws of the United States and other countries. This device is intended solely for copying non-copyrighted materials, materials in which you own the copyright, or materials which you are authorized or legally permitted to copy. If you are uncertain about your right to copy any material, please contact your legal advisor.
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Amy Schiska-Lombard, 913-794-2947