Sprint in a statistical tie for #1 overall network performance in KC but only Sprint offers Cut Your Bill in Half
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BUSINESS WIRE), June 18, 2015 - Sprint finished in a statistical tie for first place as the top ranked overall wireless network in Kansas City, according to independent mobile analytics firm RootMetrics®. The new analysis shows Sprint in a dead heat for ##1 in overall wireless network performance.
This is the first time since August, 2011 that Sprint has had a shared win for overall network performance in Kansas City. This testing marks the eighth time RootMetrics tested Kansas City, with the last test coming in October, 2014.
“Kansas City deserves a great network – the best network – and we are proud that we are delivering it,” said Marcelo Claure, CEO at Sprint. “Our customers are everything to us and we’ve worked hard to deliver on our goal to have the best wireless network in our hometown. There’s never been a better time to join Sprint and support the home team.”
Sprint ##1 Network in Kansas City
Sprint’s median download speed in RootMetrics’ testing increased by 62 percent since last October’s testing. RootMetrics drove a total of 1,150 miles and conducted more than 26,000 tests in Kansas City. As for call quality? Sprint recorded zero blocked calls during the testing period.
Sprint has relentlessly focused on building and fine-tuning the network in Kansas City. The company added hundreds of new 2.5GHz cell sites, and expanded its 1.9GHz and 800MHz 4G LTE coverage. Sprint’s network teams systematically optimized each cell site to maximize overall performance, coverage, capacity and speed.
Of particular focus, Sprint improved the customer’s experience at high traffic areas such as Kauffman Stadium, Arrowhead Stadium, Sporting Park, and the Sprint Center. These venues received either new or completely upgraded wireless systems.
“Wireless connectivity is a key driver of economic and civic progress,” said Dr. John Saw, Sprint’s Chief Network Officer. “We’re pleased to give Kansas City a great network, one that fully enables entertainment, communication and collaboration across the city, our workplaces and our homes.”
But what about Sprint’s network across the nation? That’s also getting better every day. According to RootMetrics, in 111 markets measured in the first half of 2015, Sprint has been awarded a total of 156 first place (outright or shared) RootScore® Awards for overall, reliability, speed, data, call, or text network performance.1 Those numbers sound even more impressive when compared to last year’s results. In these same 111 markets, Sprint achieved 21 first-place award wins back in the first half of 2014.
Kansas City, Join the Hometown Team!
In addition to offering the area’s top ranked overall wireless network in a tie, Sprint offers the “Cut Your Bill in Half Event.” When current Verizon and AT&T customers bring in their wireless bill with their old phones, Sprint will cut their monthly rate plan in half.2 Yes…in half. It’s never been easier to switch to Sprint!
Kansas City has been a great home to Sprint, its employees and families, providing an incredible place to live and work. Because of that, Sprint is working harder than ever building the best network possible for its friends and neighbors. This is the hometown, and it deserves the best. Visit ##KCProud.
RootMetrics, an independent mobile analytics firm that offers insights into the consumer mobile experience, tests the networks of all four major wireless carriers in the U.S. twice per year. The company provides objective, unbiased assessments of performance across a broad range of consumer-oriented mobile activities including data usage, calling, and texting. Network reliability measures a customer’s ability to establish and keep a data connection, make and retain a call, and send and receive texts.
Rankings based on RootMetrics Kansas City (May 2015) RootScore Reports for mobile performance as tested on best available plans and devices on 4 mobile networks across all available network types. The RootMetrics award is not an endorsement of Sprint. Your results may vary. See www.rootmetrics.com for details.
Sprint (NYSE:S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served more than 57 million connections as of March 31, 2015 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past four years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
1 Rankings based on 111 RootMetrics (January 1 – June 3, 2015) RootScore Reports for mobile performance as tested on best available plans and devices on four mobile networks across all available network types. Your experiences may vary. The RootMetrics award is not an endorsement of Sprint. Visit www.rootmetrics.com for more details.
2 Requires turn in of old phone with valid port from AT&T or Verizon to consumer account with $10 min. monthly rate charge. Discount does not apply to certain charges such as taxes, surcharges, add-ons, apps, premium content, int’l services, devices, partial charges or add’l lines. Usage Limitations: Other plans may receive prioritized bandwidth availability. To improve data experience for the majority of users, throughput may be limited, varied or reduced on the network. All lines must be ported from an active wireless line at another carrier. Must activate a device on Sprint Easy Pay, Sprint Lease, iPhone for Life Plan or pay full retail price with a new line of service and turn in your current competitor device associated with the bill. Limited time offer. Allow 15 days for your Reward Card to arrive.
Melinda Tiemeyer, 913-315-3607