"We are opening up the world of apps to customers who may not have a smartphone," said Len Barlik, vice president of wireless and wireline services for Sprint. "Our partnership with GetJar means that all Sprint customers will now have access to thousands of applications ranging from popular apps such as YouTube and Google Maps to more niche applications that address their business needs."
GetJar offers a complete library of applications ranging from games and entertainment to education and health. Popular apps such as Facebook(R) Mobile, Weather Channel(R) Mobile, ShopSavvy and Loopt can be easily downloaded to most Sprint handsets.
A link to the GetJar catalog is now available on the Sprint portal for most Sprint handsets including feature phones and smartphones running the BlackBerry(R) and Windows Mobile operating system. Customers can simply click the link in the "downloads" category to access GetJar’s site and browse thousands of free apps. Sprint is committed to offering mobile content and applications to its customers when, where and how they want it.
"We’re excited to partner with one of the largest U.S. carriers to offer free applications to their customers," said Ilja Laurs, founder and CEO of GetJar. "Sprint joins other leading companies outside the U.S. already using GetJar’s flexible, open app store approach including Sony Ericsson, 3UK, The Carphone Warehouse and Smart Communications."
Customers can easily learn how to take advantage of GetJar and all the features of their wireless device with Sprint’s Ready Now program. Through Ready Now, Sprint retail associates can show customers how to use their Sprint phone to take advantage of Sprint’s mobile broadband network, which offers twice the coverage of AT&T’s current 3G network and 14 times the coverage of T-Mobile’s current 3G network, based on square miles.1
The Sprint Everything Data 450 plan with Any Mobile, Anytime and unlimited messaging and data saves customers nearly $50 per month vs. Verizon’s Nationwide Talk and Text plan plus unlimited data package.2Sprint Everything Data plans deliver more value, with unlimited GPS navigation included at no extra charge and annual phone upgrades through the Sprint Premier loyalty program. These plans from Sprint make it simple for customers by including all the text, e-mail, Web, social networking and GPS navigation customers want on any Sprint phone for one low price.
Some downloadable applications may require an additional charge. Casual data charges of $0.03/kb and standard text messaging charges will apply to customers not on a plan with unlimited data or text messaging.
GetJar is the world’s second largest app store with more than 750 million downloads to date. The company provides more than 60,000 mobile applications across all major handsets and platforms to consumers in more than 200 countries. In June 2009, GetJar was named winner of the 2009 Meffy Award for Best Direct to Consumer Service. GetJar is backed by marquee investors Accel Partners and is based in the UK, Silicon Valley and Lithuania. For more information: http://www.getjar.com and follow us on Twitter @getjar.
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 fourth 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 http://www.sprint.com.
1Coverage comparison based on publicly available information as of 10/01/09, inclusive of Sprint roaming partners. Based on square miles.
2Savings based on Sprint Everything Data450 plan with Any Mobile, Anytime for unlimited calling while on the Sprint network to and from any U.S. wireless user, plus unlimited nights and weekends starting at 7 p.m. and 450 anytime minutes vs. Verizon Nationwide Unlimited Talk & Text plan plus $29.99 unlimited data package.