June 12, 2006

Sprint Nextel Ready for Tropical Storm Alberto's Impact

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To learn more about Sprint Nextel's hurricane preparedness, please go to www.sprint.com/hurricaneinfo.

RESTON, Va. (5:41PM EDT) — 06/12/2006

Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) today said it is prepared for the potential impact of Tropical Storm Alberto, which currently is clocking 70 mph sustained winds and threatening to reach hurricane status. Landfall is expected on the west coast of Florida between Longboat Key near Sarasota and the Ochlockonee River near Tallahassee on Tuesday, June 13.

Sprint Nextel crews are standing by with pre-staged mobile generators and supplies, ready to respond to any damage brought by the storm.

Last month, the company announced it was investing approximately $100 million for hurricane preparations in storm-prone coastal communities across the South. This investment includes the installation of permanent generators for approximately 800 critical wireless cell sites and network facilities on the company's Global IP Network and wireless networks in Florida.

In addition, the investment funds the purchase of portable generators, SatCOWs (Satellite Cell on Wheels) and SatCOLTs (Satellite Cell on Light Trucks) which can be deployed as part of the company's disaster response and recovery.

"Sprint Nextel's team is ready to respond should Tropical Storm Alberto impact our networks. We have the resources in place to mobilize as needed," said Bob Halcrow, Sprint Nextel area vice president in Florida.

Network improvements are just one element in Sprint Nextel's preparation for the 2006 hurricane season. The Sprint Nextel Business Continuity Office (BCO) oversees the company's emergency planning, response and recovery efforts. In preparation for the newly begun hurricane season, the BCO in cooperation with Sprint Nextel's network team has held a series of company-wide incident management workshops that validate Sprint Nextel's readiness for this storm, future hurricanes and other potential crisis situations.

Sprint Nextel's Emergency Response Team (ERT) also is available nationally 24/7 and provides communications capabilities and technical expertise to city, state and federal emergency workers, as well as utilities and other necessary infrastructure organizations. Public Safety officials interested in requesting ERT assistance should call the Nextel Public Safety Call Center at (888) 639-0020 or 1-254-295-2220 for GETS users. Operators are available 24/7.

Customer Tips

Sprint Nextel offers the following consumer tips to prepare for possible landfall of the storm:

  • Sprint Nextel encourages customers to prepare themselves by having at least one modular, wireline phone at home.
  • Wireline home telephone service typically should be available for hours after commercial power has been disrupted, and these phones will continue to operate as long as the local switch operates on auxiliary or battery power.
  • Keep your wireless phone and backup batteries charged but be aware that an interruption of wireline and commercial power also could affect wireless calls.
  • If possible, get extra batteries and charge them, too.
  • In times of commercial power outages, a car adapter for your wireless phone should enable you to recharge the battery.
  • Keep extra phones and accessories in a sealed plastic bag to avoid water damage.
  • Load family and emergency numbers into your wireless phone and keep a copy of the numbers in your sealed plastic bag. Make sure those who need it have your wireless number.

To learn more about Sprint Nextel's hurricane preparedness, please go to www.sprint.com/hurricaneinfo.

About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of communications services bringing mobility to consumer, business and government customers. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks offering 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.

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