February 07, 2007

Sprint ''Powers Up'' Kansas City and Wichita by Upgrading the Largest Mobile Broadband Network with Faster EV-DO Revision A Technology

Network Enhancements Also Made Boosting Coverage In KC Metro Area

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 7, 2007--Beginning today, Sprint (NYSE:S) customers in the Kansas City and Wichita metropolitan areas join the more than 95 million people in 24 other major markets who enjoy 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 fastest available mobile broadband network allows customers in the Kansas City and Wichita markets 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 customers in the Kansas City and Wichita metro areas can now take advantage of the fastest available mobile broadband network to send and receive information at DSL-like speeds," said Rob Bryant, Sprint area vice president of Sales. "This leading technology gives our customers the power to manage their business and personal lives much more efficiently while on the go, which is a tremendous benefit in today's world."

Upgraded EV-DO Revision A coverage will be available throughout most of the metropolitan Kansas City area including:

    --  Kansas City International Airport

    --  the downtown area

    --  Most of the I-70 corridor west to Topeka, Ks. and east to
        Houstonia, Mo.

    --  Much of the I-35 corridor south to Melvern, Ks. and north to
        Liberty, Mo.

    --  In and around Lawrence, Leavenworth and Overland Park, Ks.

    Coverage in the Wichita area includes:

    --  the downtown business district

    --  Wichita Mid-Continent Airport

    --  and south on the I-35 corridor to the Oklahoma border, north
        to Cassoday and west to Greensburg

The Sprint Mobile Broadband Network is the nation's largest mobile broadband network, covering more than 200 million people nationwide in 9,268 communities as well as 878 airports. By 3Q 2007, Sprint's Mobile Broadband network is expected to be completely upgraded to the faster EV-DO Revision A technology and to 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 has the industry leading portfolio of Revision A-capable devices. That portfolio will grow later this month when Sprint adds the Merlin EX720 by Novatel Wireless (Nasdaq: NVTL), Sprint's first EV-DO Revision A capable ExpressCard(TM). By late February, the EX720 will be available in Sprint sales channels including retail stores and at www.sprint.com and can be purchased for as low as $179.99 with a two-year subscriber agreement and will support both Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

The EX720 joins the Novatel Wireless U720 USB device and three PCMCIA Type II Mobile Broadband cards: the Novatel Wireless S720, Sierra Wireless AC595 and Pantech PX-500. 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 S720 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 (and the EX720 once available) 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/.

Local market coverage

In addition to the launch of EV-DO Revision A, Sprint also announced CDMA network enhancements that will boost coverage on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network and iDEN network enhancements in the following areas:

    --  Kansas City, Ks. (at Nebraska Furniture Mart)

    --  Kansas City, Mo.

    --  Louisburg, Ks.

    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
             Media Contact:
             Miles McMillin, 913-794-3775

    SOURCE: Sprint

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