March 13, 2007

Users of the Nation’s Largest Mobile Broadband Network Now Have

the Power of Significantly Faster Upload Speeds and a Mobile DSL-Like


NORFOLK, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 13, 2007--Beginning today, Sprint (NYSE:S) customers throughout the Tidewater area can join the more than nearly 110 million people in more than 4500 communities who can enjoy access to the upgraded Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, which provides users faster data speeds and the ability to ultimately use richer applications and services such as high-speed video telephony, music-on-demand, video messaging and large file uploads.

The industry’s largest mobile broadband network allows customers in the Norfolk market to experience significantly faster average upload speeds of 350-500 Kbps (compared with 50-70 Kbps on current EV-DO networks) and average download speeds of 600 Kbps-1.4 Mbps (from 400-700 Kbps). Sprint’s upgraded mobile broadband network was awarded the coveted PC Magazine Editors’ Choice Award selected by a panel of PC Magazine editors, and leading industry experts.

"Sprint customers in and around Norfolk can now take advantage of the fastest available mobile broadband network to send and receive information at DSL-like speeds," said Brian McIntee, Sprint area vice president for the Mid-Atlantic. "This leading technology gives our customers the powerful combination of mobility and speed to send and receive information so they can manage their business and personal lives while on the go."

Upgraded EV-DO Revision A coverage will be available throughout most of the Tidewater area including:

  • Downtown Norfolk and Norfolk International Airport

  • In and around Hampton and Newport News

  • Virginia Beach

  • Chesapeake

  • Suffolk

  • Most of the Virginia Peninsula to Atlantic

  • Along most of the Interstate 64 corridor to Williamsburg

  • Currently, Sprint provides mobile broadband services throughout Virginia including in and around Northern Virginia and the Washington, DC suburbs, Fredericksburg, Richmond, Petersburg and many areas in between.

    The upgrade to the faster technology is part of Sprint’s ongoing investment in its wireless and wireline networks nationwide. Last year, Sprint spent more than $17 million in Norfolk and $7 billion nationally to improve its networks.

    The Sprint Mobile Broadband Network is the nation’s largest mobile broadband network, reach more than 209 million people nationwide in more than 10,600 communities as well as 1010 airports. Sprint will continue to upgrade its mobile broadband network to the faster EV-DO Revision A technology for the rest of 2007 which will further drive Sprint’s wireless data leadership as customers will be able to use the upgraded network to utilize applications such as all IP video telephony, high-performance push-to-talk (walkie-talkie service), multi-user video conferencing, real-time gaming and video streaming as they become available.

    Device Portfolio And GPS Leadership

    Sprint also has the industry leading portfolio of Revision A-capable devices including the Merlin EX720 by Novatel Wireless (Nasdaq:NVTL), Sprint’s first EV-DO Revision A capable ExpressCard, the Novatel Wireless U720 USB device and three PCMCIA Type II Mobile Broadband cards. Other devices embedded with Sprint’s EV-DO Revision A technology include laptops like Sony’s VAIO VGN-TXN10 Series and rugged, stand-alone connectivity devices like Airlink’s PinPoint X and Raven X. All of the Sprint EV-DO Revision A-capable devices will also work on the mobile broadband network in areas where the EV-DO Revision A upgrade is not yet available.

    Sprint customers with the Novatel Wireless U720 and Novatel EX720 now have the power to use the first Location Based Services (LBS) capability on a Revision A connection card through an enhanced version of the Sprint Connection Manager software. Users of these cards will be able to perform location based searches to find a nearby restaurant, gas station, bank and other points of interest without having to input their current location. This basic Sprint location and search usage is included as part of Sprint’s flexible data and unlimited data connection card plans. Current users can obtain the software by checking for updates using their Sprint Connection Manager, or it can be downloaded from


    Customers signing a two-year Sprint subscriber agreement may be eligible to receive unlimited data usage for $59.99 per month (no separate voice plan required). Other individual service plans for all mobile broadband devices currently range from $39.99 per month for 40 MB to $79.99 per month for unlimited data usage with a one year subscriber agreement. Rates apply to all Power Vision users and do not change in areas that have been upgraded to EV-DO Revision A.

    Additional information on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, including coverage maps showing current and future coverage, Mobile Broadband service plans, and the latest access devices, can be found at

    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 53.1 million customers at the end of 2006; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and an award-winning and global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit

    CONTACT: Sprint Nextel
    Media Contact:
    Laura Porter, 703-906-2665

    SOURCE: Sprint Nextel