March 11, 2011

Sprint Supports the Relief Efforts in Japan with Waiver of Text-Message Fees for Mobile Donations

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), March 11, 2011 - In the wake of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan earlier today, Sprint (NYSE: S) is waiving text-message fees for Sprint customers who send mobile donations to a number of short codes and organizations participating in the relief and recovery efforts.

Currently, Sprint text messages sent to and from the following short codes will not be charged standard text-messaging fees:

  • Text “REDCROSS to “90999” to donate $10 on behalf of the American Red Cross.
  • Text “TSUNAMI to “50555” to donate $10 on behalf of Convoy of Hope, Inc.
  • Text “WAVE” to “50555” to donate $10 on behalf of the World Relief Corp. of National Association of Evangelicals.
  • Text "JAPAN" or "QUAKE" to 80888 to donate $10 on behalf of The Salvation Army.

“Sprint extends a heartfelt condolence to the people of Japan affected by today’s tragic events,” said Ralph Reid, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Sprint. “It is Sprint’s hope that this support of the relief efforts following today’s earthquake will encourage our customers to give willingly and to where it is needed the most.”

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 served more than 49.9 million customers at the end of 2010 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; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid 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. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.


Crystal Davis, 571-288-6806

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