June 28, 2010

Next generation wireless service to enable rich multimedia experience, robust Internet browsing and live video-chat capabilities


OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today Sprint (NYSE:S) launched 4G wireless service in Richmond, Va., Salt Lake City and St. Louis. This new technology enables Sprint customers to enjoy a rich mobile experience with faster Internet download speeds, the ability to conduct live video-chats, and easy access to multimedia content.

Customers in Richmond, Salt Lake City and St. Louis can now use the 4G capabilities of Overdrive™ 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, Sprint 3G/4G USB Device 250U from Sierra Wireless and Sprint 3G/4G USB Device U301 to connect to the Web for blazing fast data speeds or the recently released HTC EVO™ 4G, America’s first 3G/4G wireless phone. With today’s launches, Sprint 4G is now available in 36 markets across the country.

Unlike “concepts” and “lab tests” from other wireless companies, Sprint is the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology. Additionally, Sprint offers simplicity and savings vs. competitors, making it easy for customers to get the most out of their phones with Everything Data plans, which include unlimited Web, texting and calling while on the Sprint network for one low price. With Sprint, there’s no need to tally up prices for each feature or guess how much data you’ll use in a month. With the Sprint Free Guarantee, customers can try 4G for 30 days. If they are not satisfied, they can cancel service and have the opportunity to be fully reimbursed.1

“Sprint continues its leadership in the 4G space by delivering to customers fast wireless speeds, a 3G/4G smartphone and unlimited data plans everything wireless customers want and need in today’s world,” said Matt Carter, president of 4G, Sprint. “With Sprint 4G, the mobile Internet potential is virtually limitless.”

As Sprint customers begin their summer travel, they will find that 4G is available in many markets across the country: Georgia – Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii – Honolulu, Maui; Idaho – Boise; Illinois – Chicago; Maryland – Baltimore; Missouri – Kansas City, St. Louis; Nevada – Las Vegas; North Carolina – Charlotte, Greensboro (along with High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (along with Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Oregon – Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania – Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Reading, York; Texas – Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco, Wichita Falls; Utah – Salt Lake City; Virginia – Richmond; Washington – Bellingham, Seattle. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

In 2010, Sprint expects to launch 4G service in multiple markets, including Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Sprint is harnessing the power of 4G as the majority shareholder of Clearwire, the independent company that is building the WiMAX network.

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 Refund excludes usage not included in the plan, premium content, third-party billing and international charges.


For more information, including video, fact sheets, interviews with a Sprint executive and examples of how consumers and businesses can use 4G, please visit: http://community.sprint.com/baw/community/buzzaboutwireless/4g