OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 13, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Up to 10 times faster than 3G* - a speed at which most harried small businesses only wish they could operate. Short-staffed with increasing market demands and rivals sniping for their customers, small business owners value mobile communications speed as much as location and good word of mouth.
Sprint (NYSE:S), the first national carrier with a commercially available wireless 4G network, makes speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G a possibility for small businesses. E-mails arrive quicker, files download sooner, multiple applications stream smoother without snarling PCs, Web-browsing comes blazing fast - even videoconferencing and video streaming occur without lags and glitches.
Just as important as speed, Sprint 4G is practical, priced to buy in bundles of data to fit different small businesses needs. Today, Sprint announced 4G Mobile Broadband Connection plans tailored to small businesses - with one to five employees and more than six employees - starting at $44.99 per month, excluding taxes and Sprint surcharges (see the full lineup of plans and prices for small businesses in links at the end of this news release).
"Sprint 4G is about offering high speed and high capacity at a low cost - especially to small businesses on a budget," said Tom Shaughnessy, director-Small Business. "Sprint’s 3G and 3G/4G data plans are priced with value in mind - so 4G customers get the data capacity they need at a price that works."
The availability of Sprint 4G, now in 32 markets, delivers next-generation wireless services to small businesses across the country. By the end of the year, 4G is expected to cover a population of 120 million in the United States. Sprint and its 4G partner Clearwire still expect to roll out 4G coverage this year in Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.
"Small businesses have sophisticated needs - the same as businesses 10 times their size," said Shaughnessy. "Our small business customers tell us that embracing technology is a dollars-and-cents decision. It’s all about working faster, boosting productivity, cutting costs, and, ultimately, improving profits. For small businesses, 4G makes sense."
This summer, small businesses can buy the award-winning and critically acclaimed HTC EVO(TM) 4G. The device offers an unparalleled experience on 3G and 4G. With a combination of a 4.3-inch screen, built-in kickstand, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, Android(TM) 2.1 and the hallmark HTC Sense experience, HTC EVO 4G has been named among the best handsets in 2010.
See where Sprint 4G is available in the United States and the latest 4G products at www.sprint.com/4G. Current 3G and 4G products include:
AirCard(R) 402 by Sierra Wireless
This ultra-compact device works as a PC Card.
- This ultra-compact device works as a PC Card.
Wireless office, 1-5 Small Business customers:
Wireless office, 6+ Small Business customers:
*Up to 10x faster claim: Based on download speed comparison of 3G’s 600 kbps vs. 4G’s 6 Mbps. Industry published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7 Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary.
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 served more than 48 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, and the first and only wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile and Assurance Wireless and instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. With its customer-focused strategy, you can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
Mark Bonavia, 913-269-0436