OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), February 24, 2014 - Sprint (NYSE: S) will be the only wireless carrier to offer the U.S. variant of Samsung Galaxy S® 5 paired with the super-high-speed network capability of Sprint Spark™ and the significant savings of the Sprint Framily Plan in April. Introduced by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today at Mobile World Congress, Galaxy S 5 is the next generation of the award-winning Samsung Galaxy S family of smartphones.
David Owens, vice president of Product, Sprint, issued the following statement:
“Sprint and Samsung have a strong history of innovation over almost 20 years, and Galaxy S 5 powered by Sprint Spark continues that legacy. Sprint will offer Galaxy S 5 with the ability to use all three bands of 4G LTE wireless network spectrum available on the Sprint network to provide our customers with an enhanced LTE experience. Best of all, Sprint customers can take advantage of Sprint’s new Framily Plan with Galaxy S 5, letting customers share savings without the hassle of a monthly contract or sharing a bill with someone.”
Customers can preregister and enter to win a Galaxy S 5 smartphone or a $100 Visa gift card.1 For more information and the official rules, see www.sprint.com/galaxys5.
Galaxy S 5 from Sprint also supports Pinsight Touch, a nationwide, open platform powered by Sprint for NFC-enabling mobile applications and services across transit, access control and payment verticals. The service from Pinsight Media+ provides a direct path for brands and credential issuers to NFC-enable their own branded applications and share secured access to those credentials with other trusted applications using the embedded secure element on Sprint NFC devices.
Additional details, including pricing and availability will be made available in the coming weeks.
Sprint Spark is a unique combination of advanced network capabilities built for data delivering peak wireless speeds of 60Mbps today on capable devices, with the potential for speeds three times as fast by late 2015.2 It is available in 16 markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, and part of Sprint’s all-new 4G LTE network, which now covers 382 markets, including new markets Detroit; Rochester, N.Y.; Manchester, N.H.; and Winston-Salem, N.C. Sprint expects to cover 250 million people with 4G LTE by mid-year.
Sprint Framily Plan
The Sprint Framily Plan is a pricing program available to new and existing customers that lets them decide who they consider family. The more people added to the group, up to 10 phone lines, the greater the savings for everyone on the plan.
For one line of service, new Sprint customers pay $55 per month per line for unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data while on the Sprint network (excluding taxes and surcharges). For each additional new Sprint customer who joins the Framily group, the cost per person goes down $5 a month up to a maximum monthly discount of $30 per line. For only $20 per month per line, Sprint Framily Plan members can buy up to unlimited data while on the Sprint network, and they are eligible to get a new phone every year.
The Sprint Framily Plan is also available to small businesses. Because each account can be billed separately, the business owner and other group members can invite employees, business associates and others to join the Framily group.
Sprint (NYSE: S) offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint served more than 55 million customers at the end of 2013 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, during the last five years. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DSJI) North America in 2011, 2012 and 2013. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
1SPRINT SAMSUNG CAMPAIGN WEEKLY DEVICE SWEEPSTAKES
No purchase necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of all U.S. states, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. Sweepstakes begins at 12 a.m. ET Feb 24, 2014, and ends at 12 a.m. ET March 24, 2014. Sprint Communications Company L.P.
2Sprint Spark actual deployment plans and speeds will be determined over time based on many factors, including build economics and the availability of equipment, devices and applications.
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Mark Elliott, 603-621-4511