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December 10, 2009

Techies, Mommy Bloggers, Treehuggers and Talk-Show Hosts All Touting the Eco-Friendly Samsung Reclaim from Sprint This Holiday Season

Samsung Reclaim is one of Sprint's hottest selling devices
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Dec 10, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Eco-friendly Samsung Reclaim(TM), exclusively from Sprint (NYSE:S) continues to garner accolades as the "must have" green gift this holiday season. In October, CTIA-The Wireless Association, named Samsung Reclaim the "CTIA 2009 Hottest in Show" in the Hot for the Holidays awards program. This year's most eco-savvy gift also is featured in:

Samsung Reclaim is the first phone in the U.S. constructed partly from bio-plastic materials. Made from 80 percent recyclable materials, Samsung Reclaim is a feature-rich messaging phone that offers environmentally conscious customers a perfect blend of responsibility without sacrificing the latest in network speeds and must-have features including one click access to social networking such as Facebook and YouTube.

Reclaim, which runs on America's most dependable 3G network1, is currently FREE after $129.99 instant savings with a new two-year service agreement (offer available only at sprint.com through Jan. 3, 2010). According to a recent independent network test conducted by PC World, Sprint tested as the most reliable 3G network in comparison to AT&T and Verizon in a 13 market 3G performance test2.

When customers purchase Samsung Reclaim from Sprint through December 31, 2009, $2 of the proceeds will benefit the Nature Conservancy's Adopt an Acre program, which supports land conservation across the United States and protects some of the world's most beautiful and important natural habitats.

DEFINING GREEN WITH SAMSUNG RECLAIM

An eco-friendly overachiever, Samsung Reclaim from Sprint is designed with environmentally responsible components and fully recyclable packaging, making it the perfect wireless phone for the eco-conscious consumer. Complimenting its focus on the use of renewable resources:

  • Its bio-plastic material, made from corn makes up 40 percent of the Reclaim's outer casing. Samsung Reclaim is free of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), phthalates, and nearly free of brominated flame retardants (BFR): three materials commonly targeted on green electronics guidelines.
  • The outer packaging and the phone tray inside the box are made from 70 percent recycled materials. The images and text on the box, as well as the phone warranty information, are printed with soy-based ink.
  • The typical thick paper user manual has been replaced with a virtual manual that users can access online.
  • The charger is Energy Star approved for meeting the highest energy-efficiency standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and by the U.S. Department of Energy. It consumes 12 times less power than the Energy Star standard for standby power consumption and is equipped with a visible notification to alert the user to unplug the handset once it's fully charged.

Consumers can also go green this holiday season by recycling their wireless devices. Sprint, recently ranked highest among all U.S. telecom companies and #15 overall on Newsweek's Green Rankings, is an industry leader in the reuse and recycling of wireless devices sold. Sprint has an aggressive industry-first goal of reaching a 90 percent phone collection rate for reuse/recycling compared with annual wireless device sales by 2017. To learn more about wireless recycling, consumers can visit the Sprint wireless recycling Web site.

As part of its commitment to environmental improvements across its business, Sprint established new green design criteria for future devices and accessories and recently announced several new environmental initiatives to support its aggressive environmental goals including a commitment to reduce GHG emissions by 15 percent by 2017.

For more information on Sprint programs that safeguard the environment, go to www.sprint.com/green, or follow @SprintGreenNews on Twitter.

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 more than 48 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2009 and the first and only 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company's customer-focused strategy has led to improved first call resolution and customer care satisfaction scores. 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 (including PR) from January 2008 to August 2009. Not all services available on 3G and coverage may default to a separate network when 3G is unavailable. Customers should refer to sprint.com/coverage for details.

2The PC World test conducted for each provider's nationwide 3G service and included 13 cities with more than 20 tests per city from March-April '09. Testing was one minute in duration, and network performance can be highly variable. Cities included Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, NYC, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco and Seattle. For reliability, Sprint won in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle; and tied in Orlando.

SOURCE: Sprint

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Alexander Hahn, 703-433-3062
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