|Sprint is making it easier and more affordable than ever to cut the cord on traditional landline home or office phone service with Sprint Phone Connect System 1.|
Available Friday, Nov. 8, in all Sprint sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Sprint Business Sales, Web Sales and Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1 [Call: 1-800-SPRINT1] , Sprint Phone Connect System offers homeowners and small business customers two cordless phones for $49.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement (excluding taxes). When bundled with the Sprint Phone Connect plan, customers get unlimited local and domestic long-distance calling while on the Sprint network for $19.99 per month (excluding taxes and surcharges).
Sprint Phone Connect System is a fixed wireless voice terminal that provides high-quality home and office phone service using the Sprint voice network instead of a landline or broadband connection for their home or desk phone. This all-in-one device eliminates the need for additional devices or equipment. It allows business and consumer users to replace their landline service and maintain the features they are accustomed to from a landline phone provider, such as voicemail, call waiting, caller ID (phone number only unless contact is in device address book), call forwarding (additional charges may apply), three-way calling and call restriction.
“Sprint Phone Connect System offers a high-quality and reliable landline replacement option for families or businesses looking to save some money on their monthly phone bill,” said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “Sprint Phone Connect System includes everything a customer needs to activate service and makes it easy for them to take their home or office phone to a new location or set up a temporary office without losing valuable time waiting for the local telephone provider installation.”
Sprint Spark is a powerful, enhanced LTE network capability that utilizes three bands of LTE to create a revolutionary tri-band network experience. For you, this means unprecedented data speeds, stronger in-building signal, and improved call quality and clarity.
This is accomplished by analyzing all three bands of LTE and connecting your smartphone, tablet or hotspot to the optimal band available in your area. This all happens instantly and seamlessly, but results in a more fluid and responsive data experience on your Sprint Spark capable mobile device. You can expect pages to load faster, video streams in vibrant high definition, and HD Voice to provide clearer, more natural sounding voices during conversations in upgraded areas. Sprint Spark is the difference between being the first to post and the last to like. It’s stutter-free video chat on-the-go and mobile gaming that leaves lag behind.
The future is here, and it’s only going to get brighter with Sprint Spark.
|Just in time for the holidays, Sprint customers will be able to enjoy the debut of the first smartphones that will take advantage of Sprint SparkSM (enhanced LTE), a technology designed to achieve unprecedented speeds by combining three bands of 4G LTE wireless spectrum available to Sprint’s network – HTC One max, LG G2, Samsung Galaxy Mega and Samsung Galaxy S® 4 mini. The first smartphones to bring Sprint Spark to life, these devices are expected to give users the best experience by shifting from one band to another, depending on what speed is needed for the application in use at a given moment.|
These tri-band devices support active hand-off mode between 800MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz providing data session continuity as the devices move between spectrum bands. Sprint Spark provides the capacity to greatly improve the performance of video and other bandwidth-intensive applications, while also opening the way for futuristic applications. Today, wireless networks and smartphones can book flights, locate children, store photos and music, video chat and much more. Sprint Spark is designed to support a new generation of online gaming, virtual reality, advanced cloud services and other applications requiring very high bandwidth.
Samsung Galaxy Mega and Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini launch on Friday, Nov. 8, and are expected to become tri-band enabled with a software update shortly after launch. LG G2 will also be available on Nov. 8 and is expected to become tri-band enabled with a software update in early 2014. HTC One max is coming soon.
Sprint plans to deploy Sprint Spark in approximately 100 of America’s largest cities over the next three years, with initial availability in five markets today. These markets include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Tampa and Miami.
New Supersized Smartphones
Do you love HTC One but wish the screen was just a little larger? Wish no more! The HTC One max has a 5.9” full HD1080p display, UltraPixel camera, large 3300mAh embedded battery and quad-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon 600 processor featuring a 1.7GHz CPU enabling jaw-dropping performance, ultra vivid videos and booming sound. HTC One max is also equipped with the unique features users have come to love such as HTC BlinkFeed, HTC BoomSound and HTC Zoe. Coming soon, HTC One max will be available for $249.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement or $25.00 per month with Sprint One UpSM (excluding taxes).
|Sprint today turned on 4G LTE service in 45 more markets to provide an enhanced customer experience with faster data speeds in more places where customers use their mobile device to access the Internet, upload photos, watch videos, and check social networking sites.|
Today’s announcement also signals a major expansion of enhanced 3G service, improving coverage, signal strength and call quality. The new 4G LTE service is also now available in parts of Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island, N.Y. Earlier this year, Sprint launched its all-new network in Brooklyn and the Bronx.
With an expanding all-new 4G network across the country plus the groundbreaking Sprint Unlimited Guarantee, business people, first responders, public safety officials and consumers can get unlimited talk, text and data while on the Sprint network guaranteed for the life of the line of service.
Sprint already offers 4G LTE in such major cities as Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. With today’s announcement, Sprint now provides LTE service in 230 markets across the country, including New York City, providing one more reason for first responders, public safety officials, consumers and business people in the most competitive market in the world to choose Sprint.
| Sprint today announced it will sell its products and services in 100 more stores owned by Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDQ: COST), expanding its relationship with the leading retailer across the country.|
Sprint began selling products in 106 Costco membership warehouses last fall. Most products are Sprint’s premium, higher-end handsets from its Samsung, HTC and Motorola portfolios and the latest from its line of 4G LTE phones.
Costco operates a chain of membership warehouses that carry quality, brand name merchandise at lower prices than conventional retail sources. The addition of the retail chain’s stores will help Sprint target and reach the growing market of small-to-medium-sized businesses – as well as consumers -- that Costco has successfully sold to over the years.
“The relationship with Costco is key to deepening Sprint’s relationship with consumer and business buyers in a high-traffic retail space like a Costco store,” said Traci Jovanovic, vice president – National Sales Channels. “Customers of all types believe in the Costco value proposition and have historically bought products faithfully at its stores. Building on the relationship with Costco marks a major milestone as Sprint continues to expand its distribution footprint.”
| Sprint today turned on 4G LTE service in 34 more markets, featuring an enhanced customer experience that provides faster data speeds in more places where customers want it. With an expanding all-new 4G network plus the groundbreaking Sprint Unlimited Guarantee, customers can get unlimited talk, text and data while on the Sprint network guaranteed for the life of the line of service. |
Sprint already offers 4G LTE in such major cities as Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and San Juan, Puerto Rico. With today’s announcement, Sprint now provides LTE service in 185 markets nationwide and is aiming to provide LTE to 200 million people by the end of 2013.
"Today’s announcement means that even more Sprint customers can enjoy the speed and power of Sprint 4G LTE – up to 10 times faster than 3G,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “Our nationwide network build includes new 3G and 4G LTE, which provides improved wireless service and also provides new, state-of-the-art, compact and energy-efficient multimodal equipment." Customers of Sprint’s industry-leading prepaid brands, Virgin Mobile USA and Boost Mobile, also benefit from the new network and expanded 4G LTE service.
Sprint customer service earns top awards
| Sprint and LG Electronics today announced the highly anticipated LG G2 smartphone will be available in time for the holidays with the benefit of Sprint’s unlimited 4G LTE data plans1. More information on the availability date will be given at a later time.|
LG G2 will be available for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade (excluding taxes and surcharges). New and existing customers can pre-order LG G2 beginning Friday, Oct. 11, at www.sprint.com/lgg2. All consumers who take advantage of the online pre-order will receive a free Quick Window case ($49.99 value) with the G2 device.
LG G2 smartphone customers who sign up for Sprint’s new Unlimited, My WaySM plan or My All-inSM plan are eligible for the Sprint Unlimited Guarantee. The Sprint Unlimited Guarantee gives customers unlimited talk (calls to any wireline or mobile phone), text and data while on the Sprint network for the life of the line of service2. The new Unlimited, My Way rate plans start for as little as $80 per month (excludes taxes and surcharges).
“Continuing to raise the bar in Android innovation, we are thrilled to team up again with LG to bring another top-of-the-line device to our customers,” said David Owens, vice president-Product Management and Logistics, Sprint. “LG G2 brings everything together in a device with a comfortable, functional, convenient and beautiful design. With the multitude of Android apps available for download, LG G2 and Sprint’s new Unlimited Guarantee plans make an ideal pair for today’s multimedia, multitasking lifestyles.”
| Sprint is continuing to notify customers it acquired through the May 2013 transaction with U.S. Cellular that it plans to begin shutting down affected portions of the U.S. Cellular network. The shutdown will take effect for the St. Louis metropolitan area, including parts of Missouri and Illinois, on Oct. 31.|
Shutting down the affected portions of the U.S. Cellular network will allow Sprint to reuse the wireless spectrum to enhance service on its Nationwide Sprint Network. Service for affected customers will be interrupted if they do not move their service to Sprint or another carrier before the change.
Sprint began sending letters to affected customers in June to notify them of the company’s plans. To avoid an interruption of their wireless service, affected customers in the St. Louis area need to move their service to Sprint or another carrier before the network is shut down on Oct. 31.
| The first 4G LTE BlackBerry 10 smartphone from Sprint, the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone, will be available Friday, Aug. 30, in direct ship sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Web Sales and Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1, for $199.99 (excludes taxes and surcharges) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement.|
“Our customers have anxiously awaited the arrival of the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone,” said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “Its best-in-class physical keyboard, productivity features, enhanced security capabilities and apps make it easy to be productive at work and connected to friends and family after hours. With the Sprint Unlimited, My Way and My All-in rate plans, our customers will be able to use the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone as it was intended, without worrying about silly data caps or overages.”
The BlackBerry Q10 smartphone customers who sign up for Sprint’s new Unlimited, My WaySM plan or My All-inSM plan are eligible for The Sprint Unlimited Guarantee. The Sprint Unlimited Guarantee gives customers unlimited talk (calls to any wireline or mobile phone), text and data while on the Sprint network for the life of the line of service1.
The new Unlimited, My Way rate plan features unlimited talk, text and data while on the Sprint network for as little as $80 per month (excludes taxes and surcharges). With the Unlimited, My Way plan, Sprint customers can also customize their wireless plan to meet their family’s needs, including mixing smartphones and basic phones, selecting their data options, and adding up to 10 lines all on the same account.
Sprint customers will see significant yearly savings compared to AT&T and Verizon with the new Unlimited, My Way plan. Customers can save $360 per year versus Verizon’s and AT&T’s comparable plan with only 4GB of data2.
| Sprint has launched the Samsung ATIV S. The Samsung ATIV S is a Windows Phone 8 offering the most personal smartphone experience with Live Tiles, Live Apps, and seamless integration with popular Microsoft consumer services, including Xbox, SkyDrive, Skype, and Bing.|
The phone features:
- Dual cameras: 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and video capture and 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera with external camera button that initiates the camera even if the phone is locked or sleeping
- Windows Phone Store features more than 170,000 apps and games available for download
- Built-in Kids Corner where parents can curate kid-friendly apps and games, while restricting access to the rest of their smartphone content
- Sprint TV® and Movies with more than 15 channels of live sports, live breaking news and full episodes of the most popular daytime, primetime and kids entertainment
- Sprint Music Plus, a full-featured music store and player for music tracks, ringtones and ringback tones, including millions of DRM-free music tracks and tones updated daily
- 3.5mm stereo headset jack
- Bluetooth 4.0 + LE
| Transit Wireless and Sprint today announced that the companies have finalized their contract to bring Sprint’s wireless voice and data service to the state-of-the-art wireless network in the New York City subway system. Sprint has signed on to the full scope of the project – all 277 underground subway stations. Wireless customers of Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile can expect to begin receiving coverage underground in the 36 stations already online in mid-town Manhattan and Chelsea by early 2014.|
“Soon, a new large set of people will get access to the benefits of having wireless service in the New York City subway system,” said William A. Bayne Jr., CEO of Transit Wireless. “Bringing on a carrier like Sprint not only serves a wide range of consumers, but also thousands of government agency personnel and first responders who have depended on their reliable service for years.”
“As we build out our new network, adding the vast underground New York City subway system brings a whole new level of connectivity to our customers, whether they’re consumers, public safety representatives, first responders or city workers,” said Greg O’Connor, vice president of engineering at Sprint. “We look forward to providing an enjoyable connected experience for the 1.65 billion visitors and straphangers who ride the NYC subway annually.”
| Sprint today announced the availability of Wireless CapTel by Sprint powered by Raketu, for all iOS-powered devices. The new app increases accessibility of mobile communications for individuals with hearing loss.|
Wireless CapTel by Sprint allows users to read conversations with real-time word-for-word captions on their wireless phones. Wireless CapTel by Sprint users place a call in the same way they would when using a traditional phone – by dialing the number directly on the device. The revolutionary application then connects callers directly to the CapTel service when the phone is dialed. When the receiving party answers, callers can listen to what the other person is saying and also read captions on the phone's display screen.
The application can be downloaded on iOS devices from the Apple App Store or iTunes for free with an Everything Data plan. Sprint currently provides Wireless CapTel on select Android devices.
| Sprint and Novatel Wireless, Inc. today announced the Friday, July 19, availability for the latest addition to the award-winning MiFi Intelligent mobile hotspot lineup, MiFi 500 LTE by Novatel Wireless.|
MiFi 500 LTE is among the first tri-band devices to join Sprint’s family of mobile broadband devices providing access to Sprint’s 4G LTE network at 800MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz. MiFi 500 LTE includes Novatel Wireless’ advanced software enhancements to the MiFi Technology Platform that extend usage time through more efficient use of battery capacity, so MiFi users will be able to stay connected longer without re-charging – while keeping a sleek and lightweight design.
MiFi 500 LTE will be available on July 19 for $49.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate via reward card1, through www.sprint.com, 1-800-SPRINT1, retail stores and Business Sales.
Customers can activate their MiFi 500 LTE device on one of Sprint’s many mobile broadband data plans. Plans monthly prices, excluding taxes and fees, start at $34.99 for 3GB of combined 3G/4G data while on the Sprint network. Customers also can choose the $49.99 plan with 6GB of combined 3G/4G data (or $79.99 for 12GB of 3G/4G data).
| Sprint, the long-time leader in offering unlimited wireless services, is launching The Sprint Unlimited GuaranteeSM. The Sprint Unlimited Guarantee guarantees customers unlimited talk (calls to any wireline or mobile phone), text and data while on the Sprint network, for the life of the line of service. This guarantee is applicable to both new and existing customers who sign up for Sprint’s new Unlimited, My WaySM plan or My All-inSM plan. These plans and The Sprint Unlimited Guarantee are available starting July 12.|
“Sprint continues to lead the industry in providing customers with simplicity and value,” Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said. “The Sprint Unlimited Guarantee allows our customers to lock-in unlimited talk, text and data not for just the next two years, but for life. Sprint customers won’t have to worry about their wireless bill or managing their family’s wireless usage. While other wireless providers are moving away from unlimited service, Sprint champions it.”
The new Unlimited, My Way and My All-in rate plans feature unlimited talk, text and data while on the Sprint network for as little as $80 per month. With the Unlimited, My Way plan, Sprint customers can also customize their wireless plan to meet their family’s needs, including mixing smartphones and basic phones, selecting their data options, and adding up to 10 lines all on the same account. As customers add additional lines to their account, the more they can save on each line every month. For example, on lines four to 10, customers can get unlimited talk, text and data for as little as $50 per month.
| Sprint Nextel Corporation and SoftBank Corp. (TSE: 9984) (“SoftBank”) today announced the completion of their merger whereby SoftBank has invested approximately $21.6 billion in Sprint, consisting of approximately $16.6 billion to be distributed to Sprint stockholders and an aggregate $5 billion of new capital ($1.9 billion at closing) to strengthen Sprint’s balance sheet. Sprint stockholders voted to approve the transaction at a special meeting of stockholders held on June 25, 2013.|
Through this transaction, approximately 72 percent of current Sprint shares are being acquired by SoftBank for $7.65 per share in cash, and the remaining shares are being converted into shares of a new publicly traded entity named Sprint Corporation. Each Sprint stockholder had the option to elect to receive one share of common stock in the new company or to elect to receive cash, subject to proration, for each share of Sprint common stock owned by that stockholder. A stockholder who made no election was deemed to have elected cash.
Based on the elections made by Sprint stockholders, each stockholder that elected to receive stock will receive one share of stock in Sprint Corporation, and each stockholder that elected (or was deemed to have elected) to receive cash will receive a combination of $5.647658 in cash and 0.261744048 of a share of stock in Sprint Corporation. As a result of the transaction, the ownership of current Sprint equity holders in a stronger, more competitive Sprint will be approximately 22 percent, while SoftBank will own approximately 78 percent, both calculated on a fully diluted basis.
| Sprint and Microsoft Corp. today outlined plans to launch the first two Windows Phone 8 smartphones to offer Truly UnlimitedSM Sprint 4G LTE this summer – HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo. Customers will appreciate access to the advanced features and capabilities of these devices with the benefit of unlimited 4G LTE (available in select markets) data, text and calling to any mobile with no metering, no throttling, and no overages, all while on the Sprint network.|
HTC 8XT will be available for $99.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate via reward card1. ATIV S Neo will be priced at $149.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate via reward card1. Exact availability dates and full feature lists for both smartphones will be shared at a later date. Customers can preregister for more information and email updates about Windows Phone 8 from Sprint and HTC 8XT and ATIV S Neo at www.sprint.com/windows8.
“We know our customers are anxious to get their hands on these Windows Phone 8 smartphones, HTC 8XT and ATIV S Neo,” said Fared Adib, senior vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “Without a doubt, they will rival any smartphone on the market today. Our customers will appreciate being able to use them all day, every day without worrying about overages or data caps.”
Windows Phone 8 won the PC Magazine Readers’ Choice Award for best mobile operating system in March 2013. The only phone with Live Tiles, Windows Phone 8 offers a truly personal smartphone experience designed to keep customers connected to the people and things that matter most. Windows Phone brings together the best of Microsoft with the same modern look and feel, including Bing, Office, Xbox and Skype, for a rich customer experience. In addition, the Windows Phone Store includes more than 160,000 apps to choose from, with hundreds added daily.