Initial Palm(R) Pre(TM) enthusiasm attributable to a great device operating on America's most dependable 3G network
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 11, 2009--
It’s one thing to sell Palm® Pre™ – the most
anticipated consumer electronics device of the year – but according to
customers and industry observers, it’s a much bigger thing to be able to
unlock its complete potential thanks to Sprint’s (NYSE:S) nationwide 3G
After the fanfare of the Pre launch – breaking sales records and glowing
headlines – customers are now taking advantage of the device – and
something much less heralded – America’s most dependable 3G network.
Since 2006, Sprint has invested almost $17 billion in capital to
continue improving and expanding network performance. Today, according
to customers and third-party reports, Sprint’s networks have never been
better. In its latest quarterly report, the company reported that both
its CDMA and iDEN networks are performing at best-ever levels.
“Better network performance has been a major priority and a key part of
the improvements we’ve made over the past year that have materially
changed the customer experience with Sprint,” said Dan Hesse, president
and chief executive officer of Sprint. “Palm Pre is the coming out party
for the new Sprint – the perfect device to show how far our networks
The investment has paid dividends for Sprint. Today, Sprint operates
America’s most dependable 3G network. 1
The Sprint 3G Network is faster in more places than AT&T’s 3G network,
2 and Sprint has more than 20 times the coverage of T-Mobile’s
current 3G network, based on square miles.
No one has a larger voice calling area than Sprint. The Nationwide
Sprint Network (inclusive of roaming) reaches more than 304 million
people in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands,
with a Sprint national calling plan that includes roaming.
And, continuing to lead the way in network performance, Sprint is the
first and only national carrier to offer wireless 4G. Sprint 4G is
available in Baltimore today and markets expected to launch in 2009
include Atlanta, Las Vegas, Chicago, Charlotte, Dallas/Ft. Worth,
Honolulu, Philadelphia and Seattle. In 2010 Sprint 4G launch cities are
expected to include New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Houston and the
San Francisco Bay Area.
As accolades poured in about Palm Pre, so did recent comments about
Sprint's network. Click the links below to read what others are saying
about Palm Pre and Sprint’s Now Network:
McNamee, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Elevation Partners via Fox
Reardon, Senior Writer, CNET Networks
Metz, Associated Press
Patterson, Yahoo! Tech, “The Palm Pre or the iPhone: Which one's right
for you?” June
Magid, CBS News, “Review: Palm Pre, iPhone 3GS Neck-And-Neck,” June 9,
Reviews of Sprint Mobile Broadband, Contributors to BroadbandReports.com
More information is available at www.sprint.com/palmpre.
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 wireless networks serving nearly 49 million customers at the end of
the first quarter of 2009; industry-leading mobile data services;
instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a
global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
1 “Dependable” based on independent, third-party drive tests
for 3G data connection success, session reliability and signal strength
for the top 50 most populous markets from January 2008 to February 2009.
Not all services available on 3G and coverage may default to separate
network when 3G unavailable.
2 Speed claim based on total network size, sq. miles,
multiplied by network upload/download speed capability. User’s speed
experience may vary.
Stephanie Vinge-Walsh, 310-213-0039