Extended Network Coverage and Faster Data Speeds Enable Granite State Sprint Customers to Send and Receive Information Fast and Access the Internet in Seconds
PORTSMOUTH, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 19, 2007--Sprint (NYSE:S) customers in and around Portsmouth can do more with wireless, thanks to a faster mobile broadband network. Sprint Mobile Broadband with EV-DO (Evolution - Data Optimized) Revision (Rev.) A technology, combined with a wide variety of EV-DO Rev. A-capable devices, allow customers to send and receive email with large file attachments, access the Internet in seconds and enjoy streaming video and other real-time applications, as well as location-based solutions, on the go.
Sprint’s EV-DO Rev. A coverage centers around Pease International Tradeport, and includes Portsmouth, Rye and extends to parts of North Hampton to the south, Durham to the west and Dover to the north. Sprint reaches more than 203 million people, 10,000 cities and 900 airports with EV-DO Rev. A technology and is on track to upgrade the vast majority of its mobile broadband network to the faster technology by year-end.
"Sprint is committed to letting our customers do more with wireless; with the expansion of our EV-DO Rev. A network capabilities, Granite State customers can experience the benefits of faster data speeds on the nation’s largest and fastest mobile broadband network in more places than ever before," said John Diefenbach, area vice president, Sprint, New England Area. "In addition to the nearly $24 million that Sprint spent in northern New England (including New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine) in 2006, Sprint continues investments to enhance its powerful networks and expand mobile broadband coverage in New Hampshire, New England and across the nation."
On average, customers using EV-DO Rev. A experience significantly faster upload speeds of 350-500 Kbps (compared with 50-70 Kbps on existing EV-DO Rev. 0 networks) and download speeds of 600 Kbps-1.4 Mbps (up from 400-700 Kbps.) on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network. To compare EV-DO Rev. A speeds against the speed of their current connection, Internet users can visit www.sprint.com/speedtest.
In December 2006, Sprint’s upgraded mobile broadband network was awarded the coveted PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Award selected by a panel of PC Magazine editors and leading industry experts.
Sprint Mobile Broadband (EV-DO Rev. A-capable) Devices
Sprint offers a variety of EV-DO Rev. A-capable devices including PCMCIA cards, Express Cards and USB modems. Sprint also offers a variety of laptop cards, handheld computers and modules embedded with EV-DO Rev. A technology.
Sprint customers using select EV-DO Rev. A-capable devices can perform location-based searches that offer navigational support. With these select devices, basic Sprint location and search usage is included as part of Sprint’s flexible data and unlimited data connection card plans.
In an effort to provide customers the best value in wireless broadband, customers signing a two-year Sprint subscriber agreement can receive unlimited data usage for $59.99 per month (no separate voice plan required and no additional discounts apply). Other individual service plans for mobile broadband devices range from $39.99 per month for 40 MB to $79.99 per month for unlimited data usage with a one-year subscriber agreement. Rates apply to all Sprint Mobile Broadband customers and do not change in areas that have been upgraded to EV-DO Rev. A.
For more information on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, including coverage, service plans and the latest access devices, visit www.sprint.com/mobilebroadband.
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 53.6 million customers at the end of the first quarter 2007; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
CONTACT: Sprint Nextel
Mark Elliott, 603-621-4511
SOURCE: Sprint Nextel