October 07, 2009

A Leader in Environmental Sustainability, Sprint is the Only Wireless Company to Provide Internet Connectivity for the Three-Week Event in Washington D.C.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 7, 2009-- Sprint (NYSE:S), ranked #15 on Newsweek’s Green Ranking of America’s 500 largest corporations, the highest among U.S. wireless companies, is partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to support the 2009 Solar Decathlon, a three-week competition starting Oct. 8, in Washington D.C. Sprint will provide a comprehensive suite of Internet based solutions supporting the needs of the Solar Decathlon using a broadband connection for access for all users at this event including competitors, volunteers and the public visiting the venue. To further support the Solar Decathlon, local Sprint employees will volunteer at this event. Sprint also supported this event in 2005 and 2007.

“Our continued partnership with the Solar Decathlon event validates our continued pledge as a corporation ‘going green’ and helping our customers to minimize their environmental footprint,” said Bill White, vice president for federal programs for Sprint. “Sprint is committed to sustainability and to providing greener products, services and applications for our customers.”

Sponsored by the Department of Energy, the competition offers 20 teams of college and university students across the nation the opportunity to design, build, and operate the most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar-powered house. The public is encouraged to observe the powerful combination of solar energy, energy efficiency, and the best in home design.

Sprint is widely-recognized as a leader among telecommunications companies in environmentally-responsible initiatives. Recently, Sprint announced several industry leading environmental programs including:

  • Use of Hydrogen Fuel Cells: Sprint was recently awarded $7.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to expand its use of hydrogen fuel cells as back-up power to cell sites on their network. Today, Sprint has more than 250 hydrogen fuel cells deployed at cell sites across its network.
  • Wireless Recycling: Sprint’s industry-leading wireless reuse and recycling program were created to prevent thousands of tons of wireless equipment from entering the waste stream. Since 2001, Sprint has collected more than 18 million phones for recycling and reuse in an effort to help conserve resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent air and water pollution. Sprint’s goal, an industry first, is to achieve a 90 percent recycling collection rate. This ambitious objective, set for 2017, translates to Sprint collecting nine phones for reuse and recycling for every 10 phones that we sell.
  • Eco Friendly Products and Services: Sprint recently announced the availability of Samsung Reclaim™, the first phone in the nation partly constructed from bio-plastic materials extracted from corn. Made from 80 percent recyclable materials, Samsung Reclaim is a feature-rich messaging phone that offers environmentally conscious customers a perfect blend of responsibility without sacrificing the latest in network speeds and must-have features. Sprint is also the first major U.S. wireless carrier to offer a solar-powered cell phone charger and also offers cell phone carrying cases made from 100% recycled plastic water bottles. Sprint also offers a suite of enterprise location-based applications that can help businesses reduce their impact on climate change through more accurate management of fleets, cargo and assets.

Sprint’s green-themed Website, www.sprint.com/green, details Sprint’s green mobile applications and helps customers learn about Sprint’s sustainability initiatives, including online bill pay, wireless recycling programs and acquiring green tips, such as using mobile GPS to calculate the quickest route to save gas. For more information about Sprint’s environmental initiatives visit http://www.sprint.com/responsibility/index.html or follow @SprintGreenNews on Twitter.

Sprint, named most reliable 3G network in a 13-city test by PC World, serves its government and business customers through its newly-formed Business Markets Group (BMG). BMG delivers wireless, wireline and converged solutions for companies, drawing on the nation’s most dependable 3G mobile broadband network,* 4G capabilities that are well ahead of Sprint’s competition, the fastest national push-to-talk network,** and a comprehensive solutions portfolio of devices and applications. For more information on Sprint’s business solutions, visit www.sprint.com/business or contact your Sprint account team.

To learn more about the 2009 Solar Decathlon visit www.solardecathlon.org.

* “Dependable” based on independent, third-party drive tests for 3G data connection success, session reliability, and signal strength for the top 50 most populous U.S. 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.

** “Fastest” based on initial call setup time.

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 almost 49 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2009; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company’s customer-focused strategy has led to improved first call resolution and customer care satisfaction scores. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.

Source: Sprint

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