October 12, 2006

Sprint 'Powers Up' Wireless Coverage, Capacity to Its Nextel Network in West Michigan

Significant Nextel Network enhancements made in West Michigan as part of a $7 billion wireless and wireline investment nationwide

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Mark Elliott, Sprint, 603-621-4511

DETROIT — 10/12/2006

Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) today announced enhancements to its Nextel Network in the West Michigan. These extensive upgrades are the result of additional wireless cell sites and equipment being added to the Nextel Network, delivering additional coverage and network capacity to serve its customers.

"The Sprint network team is constantly looking for ways to improve the customer experience in West Michigan and throughout the country," said Jaime Jones, area vice president for Sprint in Michigan. "We strive to make our wireless service the best where our customers live, work and travel."

The following is a detailed list of the areas improved by these enhancements to the Nextel Network:

West Michigan

  • Battle Creek – Improved service around the Kellogg Corporation and in-building and in-vehicle coverage in the northwestern Battle Creek area and the Orchard Park area
  • Belmont – Improved capacity in the area and enhanced coverage along U.S. 131 between Post and 10 Mile roads
  • Brighton – Improved capacity near Brighton
  • Clinton – Improved service in Clinton and along U.S. 12 to Saline
  • Coldwater – Provides new in-building service to the city of Coldwater
  • Coloma/Watervliet – Improved coverage in the area
  • Grand Rapids – Improved coverage near M-44 and Knapp Street
  • Grattan – New in-building and in-vehicle coverage in the general area and help fill coverage along M-44
  • Kalamazoo – Improved coverage in Downtown Kalamazoo and increased capacity throughout Kalamazoo
  • Lansing – Enhanced coverage and capacity near Creyts Road and Interstate 496
  • Muskegon – New in-building and in-vehicle coverage in the downtown area
  • Newaygo/Howard City – Enhanced in-vehicle coverage along M-82 between Howard City and Newaygo
  • Niles – Enhanced service in downtown Niles
  • Norton Shores – coverage enhancement along U.S. 31 and Pontaluna Road
  • Twin Lake – In-building and in-vehicle coverage in the general area and along M-120
  • Parma – Coverage on M-50 and M-99, southeast of Ononodaga
  • Paw Paw – Expanded service north of Paw Paw
  • Portage – Improved coverage in the Portage Creek area
  • Richland – New coverage along M-89 between Plainwell & Richland Riverside – New in-building coverage in the general area and enhanced mobile coverage along Interstate 96
  • St. Joseph – Improved capacity in the surrounding area and enhanced coverage along Red Arrow Highway (Business 94) between St. Joseph and Stevensville
  • Three Oaks – New in-building coverage to the town of Three Oaks and new coverage along U.S. 12 between New Buffalo and Buchanan
  • Three Rivers – New in-building and vehicle coverage in the north Three Rivers area
  • Zeeland – Improved coverage in the area

Sprint plans to invest $7 billion in its wireless and wireline networks nationwide in 2006.

"Customers of the Nextel Network can expect more enhancements and expansions throughout 2006, reinforcing our commitment to constantly improve and enhance the customer experience," (insert name of exec quoted previously) said. "Our Nextel Walkie-Talkie services connect people coast-to-coast and country-to-country in under one second."

The Nextel Network, one of the largest all-digital wireless networks in the United States, is based on the integrated digital enhanced network (iDEN) always-on technology, which provides the world's fastest and most efficient walkie-talkie service. More people use the Nextel Network for walkie-talkie calls than any other such service in the world. In 2005, the Nextel Network carried more than 100 billion direct connect calls.

Sprint Expands the Sprint Power Vision(sm) Network
Sprint has the most wireless broadband coverage of any carrier. Sprint Mobile Broadband services, which run on the Sprint Power Vision Network, reach more than 157 million people in 216 major markets and 486 airports nationwide. Sprint plans to reach more than 200 million people by the end of 2006.

Sprint is rolling out an upgraded technology known as EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized) Revision A during the fourth quarter 2006. By third quarter 2007, the Sprint Power Vision Network is expected to be completely upgraded to the faster EV-DO Revision A, which will enable customers to experience faster average download and upload speeds, thereby enabling richer applications and faster services in such areas as video, music, large file uploads and high-performance push-to-talk capabilities.

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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