February 27, 2008

Significant Network Enhancements Are Part of Renewed Commitment to Nextel National Network

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 27, 2008--Sprint (NYSE:S) wireless customers in Ohio who instantly want to communicate during the state’s March 4 presidential primary should experience even better wireless service as a result of Sprint’s local network enhancements. Sprint added 82 wireless cell sites during 2007 and has continued to increase capacity in the new year.

"Sprint networks are operating at best-ever levels and our Ohio customers are reaping the rewards with crisper calls and top-notch coverage," said Kevin Gleason, area vice-president for Ohio. "Customer satisfaction is our No. 1 goal this year and we’re committed to that goal through continued network enhancements."

The following list outlines some local areas benefiting from increased coverage:

New Nationwide Sprint Network cell sites:

  • Willoughby, along Euclid Avenue
  • Cleveland, near interstates 90 and 71
  • Wooster, along U.S. 30 and Ohio 3
  • Licking County along Interstate 70 near Gratiot
  • Cincinnati, intersection of interstates 275 and 71
  • North Lewisburg, along Ohio 559, Ohio 245/275 and surrounding areas
  • Columbus, Upper Arlington and west campus areas
  • Columbus, Ohio 40 near Westland shopping center

New Nextel National Network cell sites:

  • Mayfield Heights (Cuyahoga County), along Mayfield Road
  • Munroe Falls (Summit County), along Howe Road
  • Butler (Richland County), along Ohio 97
  • Lisbon (Columbiana County), along Churchill Road
  • East Palestine (Columbiana County), along Padgett Drive
  • Hanoverton (Columbiana County), along Stroup Road

Nationally during 2007, Sprint added more than 4,000 cell sites to the Nationwide Sprint Network and Nextel National Network. Both networks are currently performing at their best-ever levels, which means fewer blocked or dropped calls, translating to better connections for customers.

Sprint Coverage Tool and Sprint Plan Adviser

Sprint customers can access detailed coverage maps down to the street address level by using the Sprint Coverage Tool, which is available online (www.sprint.com/coverage) and at self-service touch-screen kiosks at many Sprint and Nextel retail stores across the country. The tool equips customers with knowledge about network coverage in the areas where they live, work and play. By entering an address or ZIP code, customers can check the availability of wireless coverage and recently added cell sites on the Nextel National Network, Nationwide Sprint Network or Sprint Mobile Broadband Network.

Sprint also offers the Sprint Plan Adviser, a tool that helps customers make educated decisions about which wireless plan is right for them based on the criteria they provide; the tool is available at www.sprint.com/planadvisor.

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 robust wireless networks serving approximately 54 million customers at the end of 2007; 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.

Candace Johnson, 317-571-2155

SOURCE: Sprint Nextel