June 15, 2010
Opportunity for developers to learn about 4G, M2M solutions and more

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Jun 15, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Sprint (NYSE:S) announced that its 10th annual Open Developer Conference will be held Oct. 26 - 28 in Santa Clara, Calif. Developers can register for the conference at http://developer.sprint.com/devcon2010.

Mobile applications are the fastest growing wireless segment in the industry. According to a report by consulting firm Chetan Sharma Consulting, mobile application downloads across all handsets worldwide are expected to grow from 7 billion in 2009 to almost 50 billion in 2012 - a year-over-year growth rate of 92 percent. At the 10th Annual Open Developer Conference, Sprint will give developers the opportunity to learn how they can be a part of this growing industry and how they can use tools and resources provided by the Sprint Application Developer Program to create and bring to market innovative applications and user experiences.

Also, Sprint recently launched the HTC EVOTM 4G, America’s first 3G/4G phone. The introduction of the HTC EVO 4G gives developers new opportunities to create applications and solutions that takes advantage of the speed of Sprint 4G, which delivers a faster wireless experience than any other U.S. wireless carrier with download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G1.

Throughout the three-day conference, developers will learn about the Sprint open enablement strategy, creating applications for 4G, enterprise machine-to-machine solutions, go-to-market strategies, approaches to make developers more profitable and current Sprint tools and capabilities across devices, networks and platforms.

"For more than 10 years, Sprint has provided to developers tools to create and bring to market useful applications and user experiencesfor business users and consumers," said Len Barlik, vice president of wireless and wireline services for Sprint. "We are excited to host this conference for application developers to learn about the latest innovations from Sprint including HTC EVO 4G and the robust resources available to them on the Sprint Application Developer Web site, and to deliver valuable insight and support from a strong cross-section of leading mobile platform enablers including Android(TM), RIM, Palm(R) webOS, Windows Mobile and BMP."

Key elements of the Open Developer Conference include hands-on coding sessions, breakout sessions, event sponsor exhibits, town hall meetings, keynote presentations from industry leaders and networking opportunities for developers. The conference will include 4G and M2M demonstration areas.

The registration cost is $250 for developers who register by Aug. 15. The cost increases to $300 from Aug. 15 through Oct. 1 and registration will be $350 after Oct. 1 Developers can register and find additional information about the Developer Conference at http://developer.sprint.com/devcon2010.

About Sprint Application Developer Program

Sprint offers customers access to thousands of apps and data services and a variety of award-winning smartphones that use Android, RIM, Palm webOS or Microsoft Windows platforms. Sprint views the developer community as the forum for creativity and invests in technology and processes that enable developers to have access to important capabilities unique to the Sprint network, with an always-evolving Application Developer Program established in 2001. Sprint offers access to more APIs than any other carrier to make their apps richer.

The Sprint open philosophy:

  • Let consumers determine the application/content winners.
  • Be easy to do business with.
  • Create developer’s sandboxes where new innovation happens.
  • Use the proven Open Internet model as a guide.
  • Open still requires management.
  • Support is best performed by the creators of the content.

Visit www.sprint.com/developer to learn more about the Sprint Application Developer program and to take advantage of the resources and tools available to developers.

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 served more than 48 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, and is the first and only wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, Common Cents Mobile and Assurance Wireless and instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. With its customer-focused strategy, you can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

1 "Up to 10x faster" based on download speed comparison of 3G’s 600 kbps vs. 4G’s 6 Mbps. Industry published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7 Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary. Sprint 4G currently available in more than 30 markets and counting, and on select devices. See www.sprint.com/4G for details. Not all services are available on 4G and coverage may default to 3G/separate network where 4G is unavailable.

SOURCE: Sprint

Kristin Wallace, 678-358-1190