OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 3, 2009--
Universities across the nation use Sprint#8217;s (NYSE:S) communications
solutions, available on the NOW Network, to increase productivity,
reduce costs and offer a unique learning experience to their students
and staff. Today, more than ever before, universities are also making
environmental responsibility a key factor in a wide range of strategic
considerations, including their increasingly sophisticated information
technology needs. As a result, Sprint is teaming with educational
leaders such as The University of Arizona (UA) to deliver eco-friendly
#8220;In addition to adopting new technology, universities play a vital
leadership role in raising environmental awareness and in adopting
sustainable practices,#8221; said Ed Davalos, director of education for
Sprint. #8220;They are looking for trusted partners who not only appreciate
the importance of environmental objectives but can provide practical
ways to help achieve them. This includes innovative green communications
solutions that can simultaneously support the educational mission,
increase productivity and reduce costs.#8221;
The UA has been recognized as one of the most environmentally sensitive
campuses by many prominent organizations, including the Sustainable
Endowments Institute and the National Wildlife Federation. Now Sprint is
providing additional support by making it easier for students and staff
at UA to #8220;go green#8221; through innovative offerings and opportunities,
New eco-friendly products including the Samsung Reclaim#8482; #8211; the first
phone in the United States constructed from eco-friendly bio-plastic
material, available exclusively from Sprint.
Two free and easy wireless equipment collection and recycling programs
#8211; Sprint Buyback and Sprint
Project Connect(SM). These programs allow universities
to sell Sprint their unused wireless equipment that still has value.
The equipment is then recycled or reused instead of being diverted to
landfills. Wireless phones and equipment with no value are also
accepted and recycled at no charge with proceeds going toward Internet
#8220;We are extremely excited about our mutually beneficial partnership with
Sprint that helps support common goals of sustainability and the
community interest in being socially responsible,#8221; said Frank Farias,
executive director of the UA BookStore.
One of the most visible Sprint programs adopted by many universities
combines discounts on Sprint service plans with a broad variety of
Sprint handsets for students, faculty and staff.
Sprint is the first wireless service to be offered at the main UA
BookStore, with phones and service plans available at the store
located in the Student Union Memorial Center.
Sprint is offering a 10 percent discount to students and a 15 percent
discount to faculty and staff on service plans, with a two-year
Students on a tight budget can get service plans starting as low as
$27 a month after applying their student discount.
In addition to products for individuals, Sprint applies its green
commitment to the broad IT needs inherent in a communications-intensive
university setting. This includes campus networking solutions that can
increase operational efficiencies #8211; through such applications as
wireless work order and inventory management #8211; while supporting
For example, Sprint-provided location-based services can help reduce
carbon emissions through better management of vehicles and assets. In
addition, Sprint also offers unified communications, which eliminates
the need for desk phones and ties voice service to a laptop via VoIP.
Unified communications can help university users increase productivity,
lower costs and, in some cases, reduce their environmental impact by
allowing mobile staff members to commute and travel less frequently.
Although a number of higher education institutions have converged
communications solutions onto one network, no school demonstrates the
benefits of this strategy better than Fayetteville State University in
#8220;We were looking for a complete solution that could improve coverage and
capacity issues and also enable our staff to have a single number that
could route calls anywhere,#8221; said Joseph Vittorelli, director of systems
and infrastructure at Fayetteville State University. #8220;We selected Sprint
because it offered us all of this and allowed us to successfully extend
dial and transfer calls from our mobile devices. This has led to
increased user satisfaction by making it easier for staff and students
to communicate and collaborate wherever they are on or off campus.#8221;
Sprint was recently ranked
##15 on Newsweek#8217;s Green Ranking of America#8217;s 500 largest corporations,
the highest among U.S. wireless companies. For additional information on
Sprint#8217;s environmental initiatives visit www.sprint.com/responsibility/environment.
Sprint, named most reliable 3G network in a 13-city test by PC World,
serves educational institutions through its newly formed Business
Markets Group (BMG). Composed of 4,000 sales, support, marketing and
operations employees, Sprint#8217;s BMG is dedicated solely to enterprise,
general business and public sector customers. BMG delivers wireless,
wireline and converged solutions for companies, drawing on the nation#8217;s
most dependable 3G mobile broadband network,1 4G capabilities
that are well ahead of Sprint#8217;s competition, the fastest national
push-to-talk network,2 and a comprehensive solutions
portfolio of devices and applications. To learn more about Sprint#8217;s
higher-ed solution offerings, visit www.sprint.com/highereducation
or contact your Sprint account team.
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 third 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#8217;s customer-focused
strategy has led to improved first call resolution and customer care
satisfaction scores. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
1) #8220;Dependable#8221; based on independent, third-party drive tests for 3G
data connection success, session reliability, and signal strength for
the top 50 most populous US markets (including PR) from January 2008 to
July 2009. Not all services are available on 3G, and coverage may
default to a separate network when 3G is unavailable.
2) #8220;Fastest#8221; based on initial call setup time.
Sukhi Sahni, 703-592-7779