October 24, 2008

New Research from Sprint Shows More Than Half of Respondents Ages 18-54 Want to Receive Halloween Photos on Their Mobile Phones

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Whether you’re dressed as a ghoul or taking your little goblin trick or treating, your friends and family want to see it - and fast. According to new research from Sprint (NYSE: S), more than half of respondents ages 18-54 want to receive a Halloween photo of a family member on their wireless handset on Halloween night.

Sharing photos through your wireless phone is an easy way to stay in touch with loved ones. The Sprint survey, conducted by Opinion Research Corporation (ORC), shows that more than half of respondents between the ages of 18-44 use their wireless phones to take pictures. In addition, more than 50 percent of respondents ages 18-54 have used their phones to send the pictures they take to another person’s mobile phone.

"The number of people taking, storing and sharing photos on their phones is increasing," said Kim Dixon, senior vice president of retail for Sprint. "In 2006, 55 percent of people ages 18-29 were taking pictures with their phones* - a number that has jumped to 63 percent now. Our study also shows that the size of your household impacts your photo-taking and -sharing habits. In households of three or more, people are twice as likely to send a photo as those in a single household. People in households of three or more are also storing more photos - 40 percent of households of three or more have at least 25 photos stored on their wireless device, compared to 25 percent of single households."

Despite the popularity of photo taking and sharing, 14 percent of mobile phone users age 30 and older, and nearly one in four people ages 55-64, have never tried to send a photo, or don’t know how to use the function.

"Once you know how to do it, taking and sharing a photo on your mobile phone is easy," said Dixon. "If you don’t know how, stop by a Sprint store or go online to make an appointment with a Sprint retail associate to experience Ready Now. They’ll sit down with you and teach you how to send photos, text or use any of the other features on your wireless handset or smartphone."

Ready Now helps customers fully realize the benefits of everything the Now Network(TM) can do for them. In addition, Sprint offers picture-sharing on phones that have the ease of use of the award-winning One Click wireless user interface. As simple to use as speed dial, One Click allows users to personalize their home screen and bring the Now Network right to their fingertips by selecting and organizing features and content, such as text messaging, Google search, Sprint Navigation, email, favorite Web sites, music, call log and more.

Through Sprint’s Ready Now program, Sprint customers can choose how much or how little they want to learn about any of the features and applications on their phones. Customers also have a choice of sitting down with a Sprint retail associate while in the store, or they can make an appointment for a later time. For additional customer convenience, Sprint customers have the flexibility to schedule appointments either in the store or online via Sprint’s store locator tool. Customers can visit www.sprint.com/readynow to schedule an appointment.


This data is the result of a telephone survey conducted among a national probability sample of 2,010 adults, comprised of 1,003 men and 1,007 women, 18 years of age and older, living in private households in the continental United States. Also included was an oversample of 150 18- to 29-year-olds. Interviewing for this CARAVAN(R) Survey was completed during the periods of Oct. 2-6 and Oct. 9-13.


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 52 million customers at the end of the second quarter 2008; 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.


Opinion Research Corporation, an infoGroup company, has offered innovative solutions to the toughest market research challenges of clients worldwide since 1938. Since the 1960s, ORC has conducted CARAVAN(R), the USA’s longest continuously running consumer omnibus. In addition, the firm has been conducting national, speech reaction, state and flash/overnight polls for CNN since April 2006. To learn more, visit www.opinionresearch.com.

*2006 Pew Internet & American Life Project

Source: Sprint Nextel