February 24, 2010

Who's No. 1? PC World Test Confirms It: Sprint's Now Network Named Baltimore's Most Reliable 3G Network

Sprint wins network reliability crown in Charm City with 100 percent connectivity rateSprint customers in Baltimore get ideal combination of most reliable 3G experience, supercharged 4G speeds and unmatched pricing plans
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Feb 24, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Reliable? Dependable? Steadfast? Yes, yes and yes. All of those words are appropriate when referring to Sprint's (NYSE: S) 3G network in Baltimore, where it scored perfect connectivity rates in a recent 13-city 3G test by PC World magazine. Sprint was perfect in Baltimore, and - for the second consecutive year - came out on top as the most reliable 3G network in the country in a tie. 1

"We knew it, our customers knew it and now PC World, its readers and the rest of the country know it. When it comes to a reliable 3G network, Sprint is it," said Sprint's Bob Azzi, senior vice-president, network. "Not only is our 3G network second-to-none, but Sprint's network superiority and leadership are cemented with our 4G rollout, the nation's first from a national wireless carrier."

The PC World results, released online Tuesdayand published in the magazine's March issue, show Sprint improving its 90.5 percent reliability rates from last year's test with an average 94 percent connectivity rate this year, better than Verizon Wireless, better than T-Mobile and tied for best in the industry. In addition to Baltimore, Sprint posted perfect connectivity rates at reasonable speeds in San Diego and Portland.

So when you add it all up, Sprint customers in Baltimore get it all: The most reliable 3G network, amazing 4G speeds, the best selection of devices and among the most reasonable rates in the industry. 2 The Sprint Everything Data 450 plan with Any Mobile, Anytime and unlimited messaging and data saves customers nearly $50 per month vs. Verizon's Nationwide Talk and Text plan plus unlimited data package. 3 Sprint Everything Data plans deliver more value, with unlimited GPS navigation included at no extra charge and annual phone upgrades through the Sprint Premier loyalty program. These plans from Sprint make it simple for customers by including all the text, e-mail, Web, social networking and GPS navigation customers want on any Sprint phone for one low price.

Not only has Sprint maintained and strengthened its 3G network, it's also the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology. Sprint 4G is already available in 27 markets, with Baltimore being the first to enjoy 4G speeds. Sprint 4G will continue to expand to new cities, bringing wireless speeds up to 10 times faster than today's 3G from any other national wireless carrier. 4

Whether strolling around the Inner Harbor or catching a baseball game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Sprint customers in Baltimore can rest assured that their mobile broadband experience will be reliable and worry free. Data demands among wireless customers are increasing at rapid rates, yet the PC World tests show that the Now Network(TM) didn't miss a beat. 3G download speeds in the tests averaged 795 kbps across the 13 cities, which is almost identical to last year's tests. Upload speeds remained steady as well, with an average 396 kbps this year.

The results prove that Sprint customers not only have numerous, innovative applications to enjoy, such as Sprint Navigation or Sprint Music Store, but they can enjoy them when they want - now - without worrying about connections, reliability or speed.

"Applications are only as good as the networks on which they stand," said Azzi. "Sprint has proven that our 3G network is a solid foundation our customers can rely on."

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 fourth 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.

1Most reliable 3G network claim:Tied with AT&T for first in latest PC World 3G test with an average 94 percent connectivity rate.

2Best Selection claim: Based on the overall number of operating platforms available combined with capabilities of devices.

3Savings based on Sprint Everything Data 450 plan with Any Mobile, Anytime for unlimited calling while on the Sprint network to and from any U.S. wireless user, plus unlimited nights and weekends starting at 7 p.m. and 450 anytime minutes vs. Verizon Nationwide Unlimited Talk & Text plan plus $29.99 unlimited data package.

4Up to 10x Faster claim: Based on download speed comparison of 3G's 600 kbps vs. 4G's 6 Mbps. Typical published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7 Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary.

SOURCE: Sprint

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