Sprint announces the availability of a 4G “hot spot the size of the
city” in Abilene.
Sprint continues its 4G leadership with turbo-charged wireless
connectivity, faster than today’s 3G from any wireless carrier
ABILENE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 5, 2009--
Life in Abilene just got a lot more productive for those who want
high-speed Internet at any place or time. Sprint (NYSE: S) today
announced the launch of Sprint 4G mobile broadband throughout the
Abilene area. As a result, streaming video, fast file downloads and
uploads and turbo-charged web browsing are no longer just home, office
or coffee shop benefits. Sprint 4G customers can enjoy a blazing fast
mobile broadband experience across the city, whether they’re working at
a remote location, between classes on campus, relaxing in the park,
sitting at a favorite eatery or as a passenger on the freeway or public
transportation – all for just a $10 per month premium over current
Sprint 3G mobile data plans.
Abilene is among the first cities to enjoy 4G wireless connections from
Sprint, the first national carrier to test, launch and market 4G
technology. Sprint 4G delivers downlink speeds, which are up to 10 times
faster1 than 3G.
“Sprint 4G represents an enormous leap in wireless technology, with
valuable benefits for a variety of applications.” said John Dupree, vice
president, Business Markets Group, Sprint. “Sprint has a significant
head start in deploying 4G, and we’re prepared to leverage our 4G speeds
and growing national coverage to help businesses, government agencies
and educational institutions increase their capabilities, enhance
productivity and reduce costs.”
Sprint 4G powered by WiMAX is
expanding across the country
Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008. In
addition to Abilene, Sprint also launched 4G service in other Texas
cities today including Killeen-Temple, Corpus Christi, Lubbock, Waco,
Wichita Falls, Amarillo and Midland-Odessa. These follow 4G launches
earlier this year in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Portland, Bellingham, Wash.,
and Boise, Idaho. Sprint also plans to deploy Sprint 4G service in these
additional markets in 2009: Chicago; Dallas - Ft. Worth; Philadelphia;
Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Greensboro, N.C.; Honolulu; Maui,
Hawaii; Raleigh, N.C.; Salem, Ore.; San Antonio, Texas and Seattle.
In 2010, Sprint expects to launch service in multiple markets, including
Boston, Houston, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
“Sprint continues to lead the charge among all national wireless
carriers in rolling out 4G in markets across America,” said Todd Rowley,
vice president of Sprint 4G. “Our aggressive expansion of Sprint 4G will
include new devices and capabilities that create increased performance
and productivity for business and government, while also enhancing
Sprint makes the Internet a moving
experience and offers a variety of value pricing options for residents
With peak downlink speeds of more than 10 Mbps, Sprint 4G breathes new
life into wireless Internet. Customers can now instantly download the
files they need to get work done on the run. Or they can browse the Web
just like at home from across the city, not just a few hotspots. Kids
can laugh at an online video or movie trailer while travelling in the
family car across the city. Avid online game players can enjoy an
enhanced competitive experience with higher speeds and reduced latency.
It’s all a part of extending the web experience to meet each person’s
moment-to-moment needs by using 4G data cards and routers – and in the
future – laptop solutions and mobile phones that deliver rich content,
larger file transfers, streaming video and low-latency remote access.
Sprint customers in Abilene can start enjoying 4G today with the 3G/4G
USB Modem U300, the first device from any national wireless carrier to
offer access to both 3G and 4G – practically future-proofing wireless
technology for its customers. Today, customers can experience 4G speeds
in Abilene, Texas, Atlanta; Amarillo, Texas; Boise, Idaho, Bellingham,
Wash.; Baltimore; Corpus Christi, Texas; Killeen-Temple, Texas; Las
Vegas; Lubbock, Texas; Midland-Odessa, Milledgeville, Ga.; Portland,
Ore.; Salem, Ore.; Waco, Texas; Wichita Falls, Texas and more cities
later this year. Sprint customers can take advantage of America’s most
dependable 3G network2 when outside of 4G coverage. For a
limited time, customers can benefit from a 4G promotion allowing them to
get the dual-mode device for free after a $50 mail-in rebate for
consumers and instant rebates for business clients (excludes taxes) with
a two-year agreement. Sprint is currently offering new 4G/3G data plans
for consumers at $69.99 monthly with unlimited 4G and 4G/3G data plans
for businesses at $69.99 with unlimited 4G and unlimited 3G on the
Sprint network3 (price plans exclude surcharges and taxes. 3G
service is not available everywhere and may not be available in all of
the 4G areas listed above (check Sprint.com/coverage for details).
For those who live and work outside of a Sprint 4G service area, but
plan to travel to a 4G service area, Sprint offers a 3G-only plan at
$59.99 per month with the U300. Customers can then purchase a 4G
day-pass when they visit any Sprint 4G service areas. The $10 day-pass
enables Sprint 4G on their device for 24 hours.
Customers in Sprint 4G service areas can purchase the U300 and sign up
for 4G/3G plans at select Sprint retail stores, select Best Buy stores
and local retailers. Customers who are not yet in a current Sprint 4G
service area can purchase the dual-mode U300, 3G plans and 4G day passes
via Sprint telesales at 1-800-Sprint-1 or online at www.sprint.com/4G.
Sprint has several new 4G devices planned for 2009 and 2010, including a
single-mode 4G data card, embedded laptops and a 4G phone.
Sprint 4G will give business customers
a competitive advantage
Sprint 4G is already enabling innovative applications for businesses.
For example, photo-journalists are using Sprint 4G to share breaking
news photos in real time by using the Internet to instantly transfer
high-resolution images directly from digital cameras to the newsroom. In
addition to using 4G as a productivity tool, businesses are discovering
that Sprint 4G is an effective, low-cost access alternative for Internet
Sprint 4G applications such as these are only the beginning. Sprint’s
Business Markets Group (BMG) is combining Sprint’s 4G and 3G
capabilities with the company’s leadership in wireless-wireline
integration, push-to-talk and Global IP to offer a growing portfolio of
unique solutions for such vital functions as customer relationship
management, supply chain management, process improvement, sales force
automation and field force automation.
Sprint is harnessing the power of 4G as the largest shareholder of Clearwire
with a 51 percent stake in this independent company that is building the
WiMAX network. Sprint is the only national wireless carrier to offer 4G
services on the Clearwire WiMAX network.
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 almost 49 million customers at the end of
the second quarter of 2009; 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) Average download speeds: 4G (3-6 Mbps); 3G (600 kbps -1.7 Mbps). Up
to 10x Faster Claim: Based on a comparison of lowest 3G speeds to
highest 4G speeds (average only). Actual speeds may vary. 4G currently
available in limited areas and on select devices; check Sprint.com/4G
for Sprint 4G coverage/device info.
2) “Dependable” based on independent, third-party drive tests for 3G
data connection success, session reliability, and signal strength for
the top 50 most populous US markets (including PR) from January 2008 to
July 2009. Not all services available on 3G and coverage may default to
separate network when 3G unavailable.
3) The Unlimited 3G/4G plan is for corporate liable accounts only.
Sprint reserves the right, at our sole discretion to deny, terminate,
modify, disconnect or suspend service if corporate-liable customer
exceeds the off-network roaming threshold (300MB/mo.) or engages in the
following prohibited uses: server devices or host computer applications,
including, but not limited to, disproportionate Web camera posts or
broadcasts, automatic data feeds, automated machine-to-machine
connections, peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing applications broadcast to
multiple servers or recipients such that they could enable "bots" or
similar routines, or for any other reason that, in our sole discretion
harms our network.
Crystal Davis, 571-288-6806