January 22, 2009

A Paradigm Shift in How Businesses Choose a Plan to Meet Their Needs; Built from the Ground up with Nextel Direct Connect Workgroup User Trends in Mind

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 22, 2009--In today’s challenging economic environment, businesses need to pay only for the tools that are critical to how they conduct business. With new and unique Nextel Direct Connect(R) Custom Plans available from Sprint (NYSE:S), businesses can do exactly that. They can easily select a plan that includes the tools their workgroups use most and the flexibility to add a bucket of minutes based on what will actually be used. The new plans provide unlimited Direct Connect, Group Connect, Mobile-to-Mobile, Text Messaging and Picture Mail, starting at $29.99 per month.

With other mobile providers, a business is asked to choose a plan based on monthly anytime voice minutes required per user and then pay incrementally for features such as push-to-talk, text messaging and picture mail. While this approach makes sense for consumers, businesses use mobile communications tools differently and need plans to address the fact that most communication occurs between workgroup members. With Nextel Direct Connect Custom Plans, the focus is on key services used most by workgroups, which are bundled with unlimited usage, at a low flat monthly rate. A business can then attach a bucket of anytime voice minutes to be shared with the entire workgroup.

Specifically, businesses can choose from the following Nextel Direct Connect Custom Plans:

  • Unlimited Workgroup Communications -- with unlimited Direct Connect and Group Connect(R) plus unlimited text messaging, mobile-to-mobile minutes and night and weekend minutes starting at 9 p.m. o $29.99 per month per line.
  • Web & Navigation -- includes the above features, plus unlimited data, Web browsing and GPS navigation o $39.99 per month per line for Nextel phones. o $49.99 per month per line for PowerSource and Nextel Direct Connect capable Sprint phones.
  • Pooled voice minutes can be added to either plan for the group to share o 500 minutes for $30 per month per line. o Or 2,000 minutes for $100 per month per line.

"This is a paradigm shift in how businesses select a wireless plan to meet their business’s needs," said Danny Bowman, president of Nextel Direct Connect, Sprint. "We wanted to deliver more value to our customers and offer Nextel Direct Connect Custom Plans for businesses that wish to control costs without limiting communication. With unlimited Nextel Direct Connect in every plan, businesses have a powerful communication tool at their disposal at a predictable price. We also don’t limit how anytime minutes are shared and customers have the flexibility to add minutes as their business needs require."

The new Nextel Direct Connect Custom Plans are initially available to business-liable customers with Nextel Direct Connect-capable phones. Sprint plans to offer these plans to consumers and individual-liable accounts in the future.

About Nextel Direct Connect

With more than 15 years of expertise, Sprint is the undisputed leader in push-to-talk with the largest community of users in the world. Nextel Direct Connect has set the industry standard for push-to-talk and serves millions of Nextel Direct Connect subscribers on the fastest national push-to-talk network.

Nextel Direct Connect is the only push-to-talk product in the industry that offers:

  • Industry-leading performance with the advantage of instant connection (call set-up times of less than one second)
  • Connection to the world’s largest community of users, with millions of existing Nextel Direct Connect subscribers
  • Nationwide and international push-to-talk services
  • The largest portfolio of push-to-talk phones, including the largest selection of rugged phones
  • Integrated business solutions, including the largest selection of GPS-solutions

For more information about Nextel Direct Connect, visit www.sprint.com/nexteldirectconnect.


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.

Stephanie Greenwood
Kristin Wallace

Source: Sprint