Sprint’s Now Network(TM) Handily Beats AT&T and Ties with Verizon for Reliability
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 AT&T in 13 cities examined by the magazine,
including San Diego. These results provide further support for Sprint#8217;s
#8220;most dependable 3G network#8221; 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 San Diego, Sprint tied with
Verizon with a connection rate of 87 percent while AT&T connected only
65 percent of the time. Sprint also won in download speeds at a rate of
831 kbps. In every market, Sprint bested AT&T for reliability.
The PC World results also show that Sprint#8217;s commitment to network
performance is paying off for the company#8217;s customers. Today, according
to customers and third-party reports, Sprint#8217;s networks have never been
better, with these results serving as further confirmation that Sprint
operates the nation#8217;s most dependable 3G broadband network.1
Sprint#8217;s commitment to network performance is also reflected in findings
from a J.D. Power and Associates study this year that recognized Sprint
for #8220;highest call quality performance among wireless cell phone users in
the West region (tie).#8221;2
In addition, Sprint is leading the way in next generation 4G service.
Sprint launched 4G service in Baltimore in late 2008 and expects to
launch it in several major markets in 2009. 4G 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
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#8217;s Simply EverythingSM plan provides
unlimited nationwide calling, texting, email, Web browsing, GPS
navigation and much more for only $99.99 per month. That#8217;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 #8220;Dependable#8221; 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.
2 Sprint 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.
3 Savings 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.
Randy Spolter, 703-433-3592