February 15, 2008

Customers Benefit: 25 New Sites in Hawaii and Expanded Mobile Broadband Coverage

HONOLULU, Feb 15, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Sprint (NYSE:S) customers in Hawaii can now enjoy the benefits of SprintSpeed(TM) from even more places in the state. During 2007, Sprint added 25 new cell sites throughout Hawaii and 10 of these sites were added on the Big Island. Additionally, Sprint enhanced coverage for customers statewide by upgrading many existing cell sites to carry both iDEN and CDMA technology.. Sprint customers in the Hawaii area can take advantage of recent network enhancements at the following locations:

  • Ookala and Laipahoehoe (Big Island)
  • Puna/Pahoa areas (Big Island)
  • Waikaloa and Captain Cook areas (Big Island)

In addition, customers can now experience the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network throughout the island chain. Sprint Mobile Broadband with EV-DO (Evolution - Data Optimized) Revision (Rev.) A technology allows customers to send and receive e-mail 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 customers now have even greater access to wireless voice and data in Hawaii--allowing instant access to their information," said Dale Goya, General Manager, Hawaii. "We continue to invest in Hawaii and worked aggressively in 2007 to ensure that Sprint customers have the enhanced coverage they need."

Nationally during 2007, Sprint added more than 4,000 cell sites to the Nationwide Sprint Network and Nextel National Network. Both networks are currently performing at their best-ever levels, which means fewer blocked or dropped calls, translating to better connections for customers.

"Whether checking e-mail, catching a conference call or just browsing the Internet, customers in Hawaii and nationwide can trust Sprint’s robust networks to help them stay connected with friends and family, and co-workers, on the go," said Goya.

Current and prospective customers can view coverage maps using the Sprint Coverage Tool, which is available at www.sprint.com/coverage and at self-service touch-screen kiosks at many Sprint Nextel retail stores. The tool equips customers with knowledge about network coverage in the areas where they live, work and play, and helps them make informed decisions regarding services from Sprint. By entering an address or ZIP code, customers can check the availability of wireless coverage and recently added cell sites on the Nextel National Network, Nationwide Sprint Network or Sprint Mobile Broadband 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 robust wireless networks serving about 54 million customers at the end of the third 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.

SOURCE: Sprint Nextel

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