Access to Microsoft Exchange Server and IBM Lotus Notes Calendars Gives Sprint Customers More Device Choices to Use the Now NetworkTM to Keep Up with Corporate Schedules On the Go
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 4, 2008--Customers of Sprint (NYSE:S) now can get mobile access to their corporate calendar on the popular Samsung InstinctTM. Today’s launch of corporate calendar access on Instinct provides easy synchronization with Microsoft Exchange Server and IBM Lotus Notes account calendars. As part of Sprint Mobile Email Work, which already provides access to corporate email and contacts, the new calendar feature allows Instinct users to view and update their work calendar, create and delete appointments and more, right on their phone.
"With the speed and usability of the Now Network and affordable non-PDA devices, Sprint is giving customers on-the-go business functionality on popular consumer-friendly phones," said Len Barlik, vice president of wireless and wireline services for Sprint. "Along with existing access to corporate email and contacts through Mobile Email Work, the addition of corporate calendar synch to the Instinct lets Sprint customers increase productivity and stay connected whenever and wherever they want."
The calendar feature is an extension of Mobile Email Work’s existing access to business email accounts. Sprint worked with SEVEN(R), one of the leading providers of mobile messaging solutions, to create Mobile Email Work, which now allows Instinct users to access work calendars from Microsoft Exchange Server 2000, 2003 or 2007 accounts, or IBM Lotus Domino accounts.
Mobile Email Work with corporate calendar synch includes monthly and daily views of the user’s calendar, along with an appointment view that displays the details about each appointment or meeting. Reminders bring upcoming appointments or meetings to the user’s attention. Reminders bring upcoming appointments or meetings to the user’s attention. Users can edit existing appointments, accept or decline meeting requests, or create new single-date, multi-date or all-day appointments. Users also can delete appointments and meetings. All changes made on the Sprint phone are automatically synchronized with the user’s desktop calendar.
For Instinct users, the corporate calendar feature will be provided as a software update to customers with Mobile Email Work. Customers who are new to Sprint Mobile Email and want to activate the service can do so directly through the email menu - no software download is required. Once email is activated, customers will be prompted to accept the upgrade to enable corporate calendar access.
In addition to the Samsung Instinct, Sprint plans to extend corporate calendar synch to additional non-PDA phones in the future.
Mobile Email Work with the new corporate calendar feature is included at no additional charge for Instinct customers, including those on Everything Data plans starting at $69.99, Sprint’s worry-free $99.99 Simply EverythingSM plan and Everything Data Family plans starting at $129.99 for two lines (taxes and surcharges excluded).
Customers interested in using Mobile Email Work and the new calendar feature can take advantage of Sprint’s Ready Now program, which helps customers fully realize the benefits of everything the Now Network can do for them. With Ready Now, Sprint retail associates work with new or existing customers to explain, set up and demonstrate the features and applications of their phones. Sprint customers can choose how much or how little they want to learn about any phone features and applications. For additional customer convenience, 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 and find the closest participating store.
About Sprint Mobile Email
Mobile Email provides easy access to personal and corporate email accounts, including Microsoft Exchange Server and IBM Lotus Domino accounts, along with accounts from AOL, Windows Live Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail and more. Mobile Email is available on 56 Sprint phones at no additional cost to Sprint data subscribers. With Mobile Email, customers can:
- Compose, read and manage email on their phone from anywhere, with the ability to work in off-network situations - even on airplanes.
- Get alerts when new emails arrive.
- Automatically synchronize email on their mobile phone with online mail accounts.
- Look up online contacts and address books.
For more information on Mobile Email, please visit www.sprint.com/mobileemail.
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 nearly 51 million customers at the end of the third 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.
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