The Now Network(TM) Not Only Beat AT&T and Verizon in Reliability, It Notched the Fastest Download Speeds in the Rose City
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 15, 2009--
A 3G comparison test by PC World found Sprint (NYSE:S) as the more
reliable network over Verizon and AT&T in 13 cities examined by the
magazine, including Portland. These results provide further support for
Sprint’s “most dependable 3G network” claim.
The PC World tests took place in March and April this year in 13 major
markets across the country. In each location, testers measured download
speed, upload speed and reliability. In Portland, Sprint connected 91
percent of the time while Verizon and AT&T connected 82 percent and 73
percent of the time, respectively. Sprint’s 3G download speeds were also
tops in Portland, clocking in at 905 kbps. In every market tested,
Sprint bested AT&T for reliability.
The PC World results also show that Sprint’s commitment to network
performance is paying off for the company’s customers. Today, according
to customers and third-party reports, Sprint’s networks have never been
better, with these results serving as further confirmation that Sprint
operates the nation’s most dependable 3G broadband network.1
The results also echo findings from a J.D. Power and Associates study
this year that recognized Sprint for “highest call quality among
wireless cell phone users in the West region (tie).”2
In addition, Sprint is leading the way in next generation 4G service,
which lands in Portland this summer. Sprint made history by launching 4G
in Baltimore in September 2008, then by launching the first dual-mode
3G/4G device in December. The availability of Sprint 4G in Baltimore
now, and the roll-out of 4G in other major markets in 2009, will bring
the Internet to life for mobile users by offering a faster Internet
experience in more cities across the nation than any other wireless
service from a national carrier.
Sprint customers also enjoy the best value in the industry with a
dynamic suite of Everything plans that allow customers to use their
phones the way they want without worrying about their wireless bills.
For example, Sprint’s Simply EverythingSM plan provides
unlimited nationwide calling, texting, email, Web browsing, GPS
navigation and much more for only $99.99 per month. That’s a savings of
$1,200 over the course of two years vs. a comparable AT&T iPhone® plan.3
To read the entire PC World survey story, visit http://www.pcworld.com/article/167391/a_day_in_the_life_of_3g.html
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 more than 49 million customers at the end
of the first quarter of 2009; 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.
1“Dependable” based on independent, third-party drive tests
for 3G data connection success, session reliability and signal strength
for the top 50 most populous markets from January 2008 to February 2009.
Not all services available on 3G and coverage may default to separate
network when 3G unavailable.
2Sprint Nextel received the highest numerical score among
wireless service providers in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates
2009 Wireless Call Quality Performance StudySM - Volume 1.
Study based on 27,754 consumer responses measuring five providers in the
West region (AZ, CA, CO, ID, IA, MN, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OR, SD, UT, WA,
WY) and measures opinions of wireless users about the call quality of
their service. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and
perceptions of consumers surveyed in July - December 2008. Your
experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.
3Savings based on publicly available information comparing
AT&T Nation Unlimited plus required iPhone data plan and optional
unlimited text messaging totaling $149.99/month for AT&T as of
publication date, excluding taxes, surcharges and fees. iPhone is a
registered trademark of Apple, Inc.
Stephanie Vinge-Walsh, 310-213 0039