With a tie in overall performance, the fastest download speed, and 50% off competitors’ rate plans, it’s a great time to switch to Sprint

HOUSTON (BUSINESS WIRE), December 16, 2015 - Independent mobile analytics firm RootMetrics® has just released a new RootScore® Report showing Sprint now has the fastest median download speed in Houston, and it has received a shared #1 ranking in overall performance, speed, reliability, and call performance; along with an outright 1st place win in text performance. Wow!

This is the first time Sprint has received RootScore Awards in Houston for overall performance, reliability or speed. During testing RootMetrics found that Sprint had the fastest median download speed at 20.8 Mbps, up from 11.7 Mbps since the previous test in April 2015.

“We’re proud to deliver a top-ranked network in Houston, one that fully enables entertainment, communication and collaboration across this great city,” said Marcelo Claure, Sprint CEO. “With super-fast speeds, tremendous overall performance, and 50% off the competition, it’s a great time to give our network a try.”

A Top-Ranked LTE Plus Network in Houston

RootMetrics drove a total of 3,305 miles and conducted 62,615 tests in Houston. During testing RootMetrics was able to experience Sprint’s newly deployed carrier aggregation technology on the 2.5GHz spectrum band. This feature of Sprint’s LTE Plus network essentially creates a wider lane that allows more network traffic to travel at higher rates, enabling Sprint to provide Houston customers with even faster data speeds.

In addition to deploying some of the most advanced technologies in wireless, Sprint has relentlessly focused on expanding and fine-tuning the network in Houston. In the past year, the company added new cell sites and increased its coverage and capacity across all three of its LTE Plus spectrum bands – 1.9GHz for broad coverage, 800MHz for better indoor service, and 2.5GHz for faster data speeds. Sprint’s network team also systematically optimized each cell site to maximize overall performance, coverage, capacity and speed.

In addition, Sprint has improved service and upgraded the wireless systems in downtown Houston and in high-traffic areas such as Minute Maid Stadium, NRG Stadium, George Bush Intercontinental Airport, William P. Hobby Airport (where Sprint ranks #1 in data performance), Woodlands Mall, Galleria Mall, Houston Medical Center, Greens Point Mall, George R. Brown Convention Center, BBVA Compass Stadium, University of Houston, Sam Houston Race Park, the Katy area and Katy Mills Outlet Mall.

Houston, Switch to Sprint and Save 50%

Consumers switching to Sprint can take advantage of the biggest wireless offer in U.S. history – 50 percent off the price of most Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile rate plans.1 Customers who switch get 50 percent off most current rate plan prices from their current carrier. And, Sprint will pay switching fees up to $650 per line via an American Express® Reward Card after online registration and phone turn-in.2

About RootMetrics

RootMetrics, an independent mobile analytics firm that offers insights into the consumer mobile experience, tests the networks of all four major wireless carriers in the U.S. twice per year. The company provides objective, unbiased assessments of performance across a broad range of consumer-oriented mobile activities including data usage, calling, and texting. Network reliability measures a customer’s ability to establish and keep a data connection, make and retain a call, and send and receive texts.

Rankings based on RootMetrics Houston (November 2015) and William P. Hobby Airport HOU (August 28, 2015) RootScore Report for mobile performance as tested on best available plans and devices on 4 mobile networks across all available network types. The RootMetrics award is not an endorsement of Sprint. Your results may vary. See www.rootmetrics.com for details.

About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served more than 58.6 million connections as of September 30, 2015 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

1Discount applies to base monthly service plan and access charges only. Discount does not apply to certain charges such as taxes, surcharges, roaming, premium content, add-ons, and apps. New plan features may not be an exact match. Discount offer limited to regular rates on consumer plans as of 12/9/15 for: Verizon’s shared data rate plans as of 12/9/15 for 1GB, 3GB, 6GB, 12GB, 18GB, 20GB, 25GB, 30GB, 40GB and 50GB; T-Mobile’s Simple Choice rate plan prices as of 12/9/15 for 2GB, 6GB and 10GB; and AT&T’s shared data rate plans as of 12/9/15 for 300MB, 2GB, 5GB, 15GB, 20GB, 25GB, 30GB, 40GB and 50GB. Discount does not include competitor promotional or sale prices. Plans exclude unlimited music and video streaming, data carryover, and cloud options that other carrier plans may offer. Offer/coverage not available everywhere or for discounted phones. Subject to new-line, $36 activation fee, credit, valid port-in. Customer must choose from same porting carrier rate card.

2Requires valid port-in, submission of previous bill, current phone turn in and online registration. Via American Express Reward Card.



Adrienne Norton, 425-256-7014

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