New Netbook Adds to Sprint’s Industry-Leading Device Portfolio and
Offers Affordable, Blazing-Fast Mobile Broadband Access in an Extremely
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 2, 2009--
Sprint (NYSE:S) today unveiled Dell™ Inspiron™ Mini 10, the first
netbook available from Sprint on America’s most dependable 3G network1.
This companion PC offers blazing-fast Internet access in a convenient,
affordable and portable package that can easily fit in a purse, backpack
or briefcase. It is now available at select Sprint Stores throughout the
Bay Area for just $199.99 with activation on a Sprint Mobile Broadband
plan and a two-year service agreement, after a $100 mail-in rebate.
Dell Inspiron Mini 10 features embedded EV-DO Rev. A wireless service
from Sprint that supports faster data rates and higher system capacity,
enabling customers to send and receive large amounts of data at
broadband speeds comparable to DSL. These faster speeds enable customers
to take advantage of robust applications and services, such as wireless
voice-over-IP (VoIP), high-speed video telephony, music on-demand and
Sprint’s EV-DO Rev. A provides customers with expected average upload
speeds of 350-500 kbps and download speeds of between 600 kbps and 1.4
mbps. Peak download data rates increase to 3.1 Mbps (from 2.4 Mbps), and
peak upload data rates increase to 1.8 Mbps (from 153 kbps).
“Dell Inspiron Mini 10 is a fun way to easily access the speeds of
Sprint’s network to catch-up on email, surf the Web and more,” said
Kevin Packingham, senior vice president – Product Development, Sprint.
“We are excited to add this great Dell product to our industry-leading
portfolio of devices available from Sprint that work on America’s most
dependable 3G network. It offers an affordable way to stay in touch and
Dell Inspiron Mini 10 weighs just 2.6 pounds and measures 10.3 inches
(L) x 7.2 (W) inches x 1.1 inches (D). Its 10.1-inch LED, 1024 x 600
WSGVA screen is perfect for managing email or Web surfing. It offers an
Intel® Atom Processor® Z520, Microsoft Windows®
Home XP SP3 Edition, a built-in 1.3MP webcam, 160 GB Hard Drive,
Integrated Intel® 500 Media Accelerator Graphics, 5-in-1
media reader, Bluetooth® technology and Wi-Fi 802.11g.
Customers purchasing Dell Inspiron Mini 10 will also sign up for
Sprint’s Mobile Broadband Connection Plan offering 5 GB of data for
$59.99 per month with a two-year service agreement. Ideally suited for
small businesses and consumers who live a mobile lifestyle and want to
enhance their productivity by being connected just about anywhere they
go, Sprint Mobile Broadband plans allows customers to get ultra-fast
access to the Internet on their laptop.
The Sprint 3G Mobile Broadband Network (inclusive of data roaming) has
over twice the coverage of AT&T’s current 3G network (based on square
miles), including twice as many airports and nearly twice as many cities
as AT&T. Sprint has more than 14 times the coverage of T-Mobile’s
current 3G network, based on square miles2. Sprint’s Mobile
Broadband Network (inclusive of data roaming) reaches more than 269
million people, 18,652 cities and 1,838 airports.
According to Sprint performance data, Sprint Mobile Broadband
connections are successfully connected and maintained better than 99 out
of 100 times. According to an independent network test conducted by PC
World, Sprint tested as the most reliable network overall among U.S.
carriers in a 13-city performance test3. In every market
tested, Sprint beat AT&T on reliability. So, no matter where customers
take their Dell Inspiron Mini 10 from Sprint, they can be assured of a
seamless and fast user experience.
In San Francisco, Sprint won in all three PC World test
categories: download speeds, upload speeds and reliability.
In Boston, Denver and Seattle, Sprint was the only carrier to connect
100 percent of the time at reasonable speeds.
In Chicago, Sprint also won the reliability race, with a 91 percent
In Orlando, Sprint tied with Verizon with a connection rate of 90
percent, while AT&T connected only 52 percent of the time.
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 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 of 831 kbps.
Sprint is the only wireless carrier to offer Ready Now service with
trained retail associates to work one-on-one with customers to set up
their Dell Mini 10 and demonstrate how it works before the customer
leaves the store. Customers have the choice of sitting down with a
Sprint retail associate at the time of purchase or they can schedule an
appointment for a later time at www.sprint.com/storelocator.
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 48 million customers at the end
of the third quarter of 2009 and the first and only 4G service from a
national carrier in the United States; industry-leading mobile data
services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities;
and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company’s customer-focused
strategy has led to improved first call resolution and customer care
satisfaction scores. 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 U.S. markets (including PR) from
January 2008 to July 2009. Not all services are available on 3G,
and coverage may default to a separate network when 3G is unavailable.
2 Coverage comparison based on publicly available information
as of 04/01/09 inclusive of Sprint roaming partners. Based on square
miles. Coverage comparison based on publicly available information as of
04/01/09 inclusive of Sprint roaming partners. Based on square miles.
3 The PC World tests took place in March and April 2009 in 13
major markets across the country. In each location, testers measured
download speed, upload speed and reliability. In all, 5,443 individual
tests from 283 testing locations were conducted for each provider’s 3G
service. Testing was one minute in duration, and network performance can
be highly variable from neighborhood to neighborhood.
Caroline Semerdjian, 415-684-7314