November 15, 2006

TAMPA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 15, 2006--Sprint (NYSE:S) today will honor several organizations in the State who provide services for deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech disabled Floridians. Representatives from the organizations will be treated to activities and refreshments at a special event at Raymond James Stadium, this evening, from 5 - 8 p.m.

Sprint Relay provides the federally mandated relay service for the State of Florida and these organizations and individuals work closely with Sprint Relay to help provide information, training, advocacy and equipment distribution to consumers of the service in Florida.

    The organizations to be recognized are:

    The Florida Association of the Deaf
    Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc.
    Florida School for the Deaf and Blind
    Hearing Loss Association of Florida
    Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing

"Sprint Relay commends these community leaders for going their dedication in providing exemplary service and care for the communities and people they serve," said Mike Ligas, vice president, Sprint Relay. "These organizations, who work in partnership with Sprint Relay, are instrumental in ensuring broad and diverse communication access for this consumer base."

"The Florida Association of the Deaf is proud of the services we provide to the deaf and hard of hearing," said Christopher D. Wagner, president, Florida Association of the Deaf. "We are humbled by this recognition of FAD but also recognize that our success is the result of strong collaboration between our organization and Sprint."

Sprint Relay Portfolio of Services

Sprint has 16 years of experience in providing relay services to persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf-blind or have a speech disability to communicate with hearing persons on the phone. Sprint’s experience in the field assures users of Sprint Relay receive quality service no matter what type of Relay service they are using. Relay service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with no restrictions on the number of calls placed or call length. For more information, visit

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 robust wireless networks covering nearly 282 million people and serving more than 51 million customers at the end of third quarter 2006; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and an award-winning and global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit

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             Nanci Schwartz, 352-326-1326

    SOURCE: Sprint Nextel