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Sprint Customers Can Enjoy a Stress-Free Holiday Season With Time-Saving Apps

Sprint Customers Can Enjoy a Stress-Free Holiday Season With Time-Saving Apps OVERLAND PARK, Kan.-- Nov. 19, 2009-- As they’re making their list and checking it twice, customers can download holiday-friendly apps for their Sprint device to help organize, navigate and shop during the busy holiday season. A variety of useful applications are available to Sprint customers through the Android Market™, Palm App Catalog, BlackBerry App WorldTM and the Sprint Digital Lounge.

“As more consumers are purchasing smartphones, they are looking for mobile apps that can make them more productive,” said Len Barlik, vice president of wireless and wireline services for Sprint. “Mobile applications are one the fastest growing segments in the wireless industry. Sprint customers can choose from thousands of apps and find the ones they want for fun, work or even to help with their holiday preparations.”

HTC HeroTM and Samsung MomentTM with Google™ users can download apps from Android Market:

• Carrr Matey – Customers can easily find their parked car in a busy mall parking lot.

• ShopSavvy – Use the camera in the wireless phone to scan the barcode of any product to find the best prices on the Internet and at nearby local stores.

• Cooking CapsulesTM – Cook a perfect holiday meal: “watch” a short cooking show, “shop” with the grocery list, and “make” using the step-by-step recipe directions.

Palm PreTM and Palm PixiTM users can find apps in Palm App Catalog:

• GiftJammer – Create gift lists during the holiday season with this easy tool.

• FlightView – Receive real-time flight status notifications and follow Grandma’s flight in the air while coordinating airport pick-ups.

• WeatherBug Elite – Stay informed and prepared with live local weather, severe weather alerts, in-depth forecasts, camera views and detailed radar maps.

BlackBerry® users can download and search BlackBerry App World:

• Loopt – Customers can use Loopt to see who’s around, what to do, and where to go. Loopt offers local content to help you meet up with nearby friends and find local events happening now – such as neighborhood holiday parties.

• Calorie Counter by FatSecret– Worried about eating healthy and staying fit during the holidays? Count calories and find nutritional details for any food while on the go with this useful app.

Other Sprint phones, including Samsung ReclaimTM and LG LotusTM, can download apps through Sprint Digital Lounge:

• Mobile Shopper – Find the perfect gift using Mobile Shopper, an app that lets customers shop at more than 70 online retailers with just a click or two on their Sprint phones.

• Sprint Navigation – Don’t get lost or stuck in traffic driving to Grandpa’s house this year with Sprint Navigation, which provides full-featured GPS navigation, including voice-guided, turn-by-turn driving directions with 3D moving maps, more than 10 million business listings, and real-time traffic alerts with one-click rerouting.

• NFL Mobile Live – Catch the game even with family holiday commitments. NFL Mobile Live provides live streaming game action for NFL Network broadcast games, live audio broadcasts of every game, customizable red zone alerts, and access to fantasy teams any time so you don’t miss any of the action.

“The NFL Mobile application is really remarkable,” said former NFL star and current TV analyst Cris Collinsworth. “With NFL Mobile Live from Sprint it’s like carrying a little television set around with you. It has become an NFL tool for me and I use it all the time to follow the league. I watch the game highlights, I get scoring updates live, and I will watch the games. With my travel schedule and the upcoming busy holiday season there is no better resource for NFL information.”

Sprint offers customers a broad array of devices from smartphones to connection cards. Customers will enjoy using these applications and devices on America’s most dependable 3G network1. The Sprint Mobile Broadband Network (inclusive of data roaming) reaches more than 269 million people, 18,652 cities and 1,838 airports. The Sprint Networks (inclusive of data roaming) have twice the coverage of AT&T’s current 3G2 network and 14 times the coverage of T-Mobile’s current 3G network, both based on square miles3. Sprint is the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology. Sprint 4G delivers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G4.

Sprint customers can subscribe to Sprint Everything Data plans with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM starting at $69.99 to enjoy unlimited calling while on the Sprint network to and from any wireless phone in the United States, unlimited messaging and unlimited data, including e-mail, social networking, Web browsing and exclusive applications, such as Sprint Navigation and NFL Mobile Live. Price plans exclude taxes and surcharges. Some downloadable applications may require an additional charge. Casual data charges of $0.03/kb will apply to customers not on a plan that includes unlimited data.

Sprint
 Media Contacts:
 Kristin Wallace, 678-358-1190, 
Kristin.c.wallace@sprint.com
 or 
Emmy Anderson, 913-707-0618, 
emmy.anderson@sprint.com

Verizon Wireless Goes Rugged With The Casio G’zOne Rock

Verizon Wireless Goes Rugged With The Casio G’zOne Rock BASKING RIDGE, NJ and NEW YORK, NY — November 19, 2009 — Verizon Wireless and CASIO today introduced the new CASIO® G’zOne (pronounced Jeez_wun) Rock™ to Verizon Wireless’ growing line-up of rugged phones. Perfect for customers with active lifestyles, the Rock’s advanced G’zGear software operates in six modes, including Earth Compass, Walking Counter, Thermometer, Astro Calendar, Sunrise Sunset and Tides, with the help of its Triple Sensor technology. Whether your lifestyle has the demands of an avid fisher, hunter, hiker or climber, the Rock is prepared to handle life’s most challenging obstacles while providing directional information, Push to Talk capabilities and connectivity over the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless voice and 3G network.

Available color: Matte black

Key features:

• Tough Technology design that can withstand water, shock, dust, vibration, humidity, salt fog, solar radiation, altitude, and high and low temperature storage (conforms to MIL-STD-810F)

• 2.0 megapixel camera with still flash, video capture and LED light

• Stereo Bluetooth®

• Touch-sensitive music controls on the sub-display

• One-touch open button

• Clear Talk

• Push to Talk capabilities that leverage Verizon Wireless’ Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) network for fast two-way communication

Lifestyle features:

• G’zGear (six outdoor applications)

◦ Earth Compass – functions as a standard compass; GPS shows the distance from and directions to over 40 domestic and worldwide locations

◦ Walking Counter – measures steps, time, distance, speed and energy consumption Thermometer – shows current temperature in both Celsius and Fahrenheit

◦ Astro Calendar – provides the moon’s age and days until a full or new moon

◦ Sunrise Sunset – shows the current time and position of the sun and times for sunrise and sunset for current, past and future dates; allows you to view times for select major cities; shows the ratio of day and night in numbers and graphs

◦ Tides – shows the tidal graph for the day; shows the time of ebb and flood tides; shows the time of sunrise and sunset; shows past and future sea tide levels; shows tidal graphs for 100 locations made available by Surfline’s webcams, and GPS will show the nearest location; shows the current tide and the best time for fishing

• Supports Verizon Wireless services, including V CAST Music with Rhapsody, V CAST Video and VZ Navigator(SM)

• microSD™ storage up to 16 GB for high-quality photos, music and more

• Speakerphone with front-facing stereo speaker

• Field Force Manager-capable – a resource management tool that provides businesses with the ability to locate and communicate with their mobile field workers Pricing and availability:

• The CASIO G’zOne Rock is $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. Verizon Wireless customers can add Unlimited Push to Talk for $5 per month per line to any qualifying Nationwide voice plan.

• Customers can purchase the CASIO G’zOne Rock beginning Nov. 20 online at www.verizonwireless.com, through business sales channels, or by calling 1-800-2 JOIN IN. It will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning Nov. 30.

• For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. Business customers can contact their Business Sales Representatives at 1-800-VZW-4BIZ.

Media Contact Info:

Brenda Raney, 
Brenda.Raney@VerizonWireless.com, 
908-559-7518

Keita Williams, keita@exposure.net, 212-226-2530

Social Media Made Simple With Social Beat On Verizon Wireless Phones

Social Media Made Simple With Social Beat On Verizon Wireless Phones BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and SAN FRANCISCO, CA — November 18, 2009 — Verizon Wireless and iSkoot, a leading provider of mobile Web services, today announced the availability of Social Beat, the free social media application that allows Verizon Wireless customers nationwide to simplify their mobile social networking with a single app.

Running on the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless voice and 3G network, Social Beat makes it easy for Verizon Wireless customers to stay fully connected to popular social media sites, including Facebook®, MySpace™ and Twitter®. Social Beat also displays more than 50 customer-selected feeds from the hottest names in news, sports and entertainment sources, which can be viewed in one central location. Customers can easily view and manage their social networks through live feeds and real-time notifications.

“Social Beat fits well with what Verizon Wireless customers crave – easy access to all of their social media network sites in a single app,” said Jennifer Byrne, director of business development for Verizon Wireless. “iSkoot’s app is available on many of our feature phones and offers an intuitive, easy on-ramp for our customers as they bring their social networking communities into their handsets.”

When customers sign in to Social Beat, they can easily view friends’ activity, news feeds, status updates and new photos. Customers can even post new status messages and tweets, send comments and messages, and receive updates from their personalized news section through a single stream on their mobile phone in real time.

“Social networking is the fastest growing sector in mobile, and together with Verizon Wireless, we are able to offer a simple but powerful app that allows consumers to easily stay connected to their social media network even while they are on the go,” said Mark Jacobstein, chief executive officer of iSkoot. “Because our solutions do the heavy lifting in the cloud and deliver communications to a single platform, service providers can bring social networking and news feeds to almost any mobile device they offer regardless of the technology.”

Social Beat is available now to Verizon Wireless customers as a free download on more than 20 feature phones, including the LG enV™, enV2™, enV3™, the LG Chocolate™, and Chocolate™ 3, as well as many other popular Verizon Wireless handsets. Customers can download Social Beat from their wireless phones by selecting Get Going in the Media Center/Get It Now®, by texting SOCIAL to APPS (2777) or by visiting the online media store at http://www.mediastore.verizonwireless.com or http://bit.ly/socialbeat.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

Media Contact Info

Debra Lewis
, Debra.Lewis@VerizonWireless.com
, 908-559-7512

Paul Loeffler 
Sutherland, Gold Group for iSkoot, 
Paul@sutherlandgold.com
, 510-593-6765

Leap Brings Cricket Unlimited Wireless Services to Lake Charles, La.

Leap Brings Cricket Unlimited Wireless Services to Lake Charles, La. SAN DIEGO--Nov. 17, 2009-- Leap Wireless International, Inc., the parent company of Cricket Communications, Inc., a leading provider of unlimited wireless services, today announced that it is launching its Cricket unlimited wireless services in Lake Charles, Louisiana beginning today. Local residents will now have access to unlimited, feature-packed 3G wireless voice and broadband services – all at affordable rates that provide great wireless value.

Cricket’s coverage area includes the greater Lake Charles area from the Texas/Louisiana border to the east side of Crowley, La. The Cricket footprint, which covers approximately 1,367 square miles and approximately 241,000 covered POPs, brings Cricket’s total national covered POPs to approximately 91.3 million.

“We are pleased to launch our Cricket service in Lake Charles, our first entry into Louisiana. This new coverage area connects to and expands our Texas calling area, which also includes Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo for a contiguous coverage footprint of more than 27,000 square miles” said Doug Hutcheson, president and CEO of Leap. “During challenging economic times when value is key, Cricket’s range of products and services make high quality, value-packed service on a 3G network affordable. It is an appropriate time to bring Cricket’s affordable, unlimited monthly and daily voice services and our very popular Cricket Broadband service to Lake Charles.”

Cricket is also bringing approximately 30 jobs to the area, nine of which will be in Cricket retail stores. The remainder of the positions will be provided by wireless dealers offering Cricket services. In addition, Cricket service plans are available at one company-owned Cricket a retail store, seven Cricket exclusive wireless dealers and eight other dealer locations throughout the region, as well as online at www.mycricket.com or via the telephone at 800-922-9169.

Cricket rate plans range from $30 to $60 per month and include unlimited anytime minutes, unlimited U.S. long distance, unlimited text and picture messaging, unlimited text to Mexico, unlimited Mobile Web, unlimited directory assistance, nationwide roaming minutes and more -- all without requiring signed contracts or credit checks. Cricket rate plans also include unlimited use in all Cricket markets across the U.S., as well as Premium Extended Coverage, which allows unlimited use in an even broader area stretching from New York and Boston to California and from Wisconsin to Texas. Cricket has more than a dozen devices available, ranging from affordable mobile phones to higher-end handsets such as the Motorola Evoke featuring a touch-screen and the Messager II with a slide-out QWERTY keypad for easy texting.

Cricket PAYGo offers unlimited daily wireless service at $1, $2 or $3 per day, also without a signed contract or credit check. The PAYGo all-inclusive monthly $40 and $45 plans are available at Target in Lake Charles. The PAYGo $40 plan includes unlimited talk, US long distance, access to Cricket’s premium extended calling area, domestic and international text and picture messaging. The PAYGo $45 plan has all the unlimited features of the $40 plan plus unlimited mobile Web and directory assistance. PAYGo monthly rates include all fees and telecom taxes as well as voicemail, call waiting, caller ID and three-way calling over Cricket’s 3G EVDO network.

In addition to unlimited mobile phone services, Cricket is also offering Cricket Broadband, providing customers’ unlimited Internet access on their desktop or laptop computers over Cricket’s 3G EVDO network anywhere in Cricket's coverage areas. The Cricket monthly broadband service plan is just $35 per month for customers who also have Cricket's low-cost unlimited voice plans, and $40 per month as a stand-alone service.

Leap Contacts:

Greg Lund, Media Relations 858-882-9105 glund@leapwireless.com

Amy Wakeham, Investor Relations 858-882-6084 awakeham@leapwireless.com

Hello Humans: DROID by Motorola - in Stores Today!

Hello Humans: DROID by Motorola - in Stores Today! LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Nov 06, 2009 -- High-speed Web browsing, voice-activated search, customizable large screen, access to thousands of Android applications and hundreds of widgets and the best 3G mobile network in the country: DROID by Motorola is in stores NOW!

Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation's largest wireless 3G broadband network, and Motorola, Inc., a pioneer in the mobile industry, today unveiled DROID by Motorola, the first smartphone powered by Android(TM) 2.0. DROID by Motorola features the brainpower and breakneck speed of a modern smartphone, designed to outperform where other smartphones fall short.

"We're proud to work with Verizon Wireless and Google(TM) on the first smartphone to feature Android 2.0," said Sanjay Jha, co-chief executive officer of Motorola and chief executive officer of Motorola Mobile Devices. "DROID by Motorola delivers a rich consumer experience with warp-speed Web browsing, a mammoth screen, and Motorola's expertise in design and voice quality. Combined with Android's open, flexible graphical user interface and the power of Verizon Wireless' 3G network, DROID is a smartphone that simply doesn't compromise."

"This is an exciting announcement for Verizon Wireless, as the DROID by Motorola is the first device that we are bringing to market under our ground-breaking strategic partnership with Google," said John Stratton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. "DROID by Motorola gives customers a lifestyle device with access to more than 12,000 applications that will help them stay in touch, up to date and entertained, using the best 3G network in the country."

DROID by Motorola has a solid exterior, intelligent interior and is one of the thinnest full-QWERTY slider phones available. It is a no-fuss, high-tech, location-aware, voice-recognizing, over-the-air updating, multi-tasking machine - and it is available just in time for holiday wish lists.

With DROID by Motorola, you can:

-- Zip through the Web: Access the Internet at 3G speeds via the nation's largest and most reliable 3G network or from any Wi-Fi hotspot. The multi-window HTML browser with a massive processor delivers the Web the way you expect. -- See it all in cinema-style: View the Web, e-mail, Google Maps(TM), videos and more in widescreen on a brilliant 3.7" high-resolution screen. Boasting a width of 854 pixels to reduce the need for side-to-side panning and more than 400,000 pixels total, DROID has more than twice the resolution of the leading competitor. -- Run multiple applications at once: Customize your DROID with thousands of applications and hundreds of widgets available on Android Market(TM). Toggle back and forth between up to six applications at a time to juggle the universe and your apps. -- Perform Google Search(TM) at the speed of sound: Simply tell DROID what you're looking for using voice-activated search, and it will serve up Google search results based on your location. If you want more, simply type what you're looking for into the search bar on the home screen and DROID will also search content on your phone, such as apps and contacts, and the Web. -- Capture moments: Snap digital camera-quality photos with a 5 megapixel camera loaded with the works, such as a dual-LED flash, AutoFocus and image stabilization, or capture your friend's antics in 16 million colors with DVD-quality video capture and playback. Store it all on the included 16 GB memory card, so you always have it on hand. -- Multi-task like a master: Keep tabs on all your messages with integrated Gmail(TM) and Exchange e-mail pushed directly to you, but don't let them get in your way. With the handy Android notification panel, go straight to the message or simply ignore it, and get back to the task at hand. And, a smart dictionary learns as you type and automatically includes your contacts.

-- Get where you need to go with Google Maps Navigation (Beta): DROID is the first device with Google Maps Navigation, providing turn-by-turn voice guidance as a free feature of Google Maps. It's powered by Google and connected to the Internet. Use voice shortcuts and simply say "Navigate to [your destination]," and you'll be on your way. See live traffic, use Street View or satellite imagery to view your route, and get access to the most recent maps and business information from Google Maps without ever needing to update your device.

Pre-loaded Applications and Enhancements to Google Mobile Services:

-- Google Maps: With layers in Google Maps, view geographic information, such as My Maps, Wikipedia, and transit lines, right on the map. -- Gmail: Multiple accounts support and undo for common operations. -- YouTube(TM): One-touch recording and playback from homescreen widget or app, one-touch sharing with friends, and the ability to view your own uploaded videos and high-resolution videos. -- Google Talk(TM): Easily switch between chats, search your chat history, and preview pictures and videos sent by links. -- Android Market: Browse and download applications created by third-party developers. -- Calendar: Ability to see who has R.S.V.P.'d to your meeting invitations. -- Facebook: Syncs Facebook contacts to your address book, and a live widget gives the ability to update status and view latest updates from friends. -- Amazon MP3 Store: Download the latest tracks over the air.

-- Verizon Wireless Visual Voice Mail: Delete, reply and forward voice mail messages without having to listen to prior messages or voice instructions.

Pricing and Availability:

-- DROID by Motorola will be available in the United States exclusively at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online on Friday, Nov. 6, for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement after a $100 mail-in rebate. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. -- Experience the all-new DROID by Motorola at www.droiddoes.com. -- To get the most from DROID by Motorola smartphone, customers will need to subscribe to a Nationwide voice plan and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan. Nationwide voice plans begin at $39.99 for monthly access for 450 minutes and an Email and Web for Smartphone plan is $29.99 for monthly access.

-- For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

Samsung Convoy Joins Verizon Wireless’ Fleet Of Push To Talk Phones

Samsung Convoy Joins Verizon Wireless’ Fleet Of Push To Talk Phones BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and DALLAS, TX — November 5, 2009 — Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), announce the availability of the Samsung Convoy™, a rugged Push to Talk device with military specifications built to withstand the harshest of elements. The Convoy’s high-quality stereo speaker, extended battery life and multiple messaging options make it the ideal device to stay connected in the toughest conditions.

Available color: Charcoal grey

Key features:

• Rugged, durable and robust design

o Meets military specifications 810F standards for shock and dust resistance, vibration, salt fog, humidity, solar radiation, altitude and low and high temperature storage

• Push to Talk capabilities that leverage Verizon Wireless’ Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) network for fast two-way communications to get jobs done quickly and efficiently

• High-quality stereo speaker

• 1300 mAh for long battery life

Lifestyle features:

• VZ Navigator(SM) –Allows customers to get audible turn-by-turn directions to more than 15 million points of interest and share the directions with others

• 2.0 megapixel camera with Night Shot, panorama, color effects and more

• Bluetooth® version 2.1 wireless technology

o Support for headset (mono and stereo), hands-free, dial-up networking, serial port, object push (vCard and vCalendar only), basic image, basic printing and phonebook access

• Personal organizer with calendar, tip calculator, currency converter, notepad, alarm clock, world clock and stop watch

Price and availability:

• The Samsung Convoy will be available Nov. 15 for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement with Verizon Wireless. Customers will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.

• Verizon Wireless customers can add Unlimited Push to Talk for $5 per month per line to any qualifying Nationwide voice plan.

• Customers can purchase the Samsung Convoy beginning Nov. 15 at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores or online at www.verizonwireless.com. For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

Media Contact Info

Brenda Raney Brenda.Raney@VerizonWireless.com 908-559-7518

Tracy Calabrese tcalabrese@mww.com 214-414-3332

BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone Coming to Sprint Featuring America's Most Dependable 3G Network and Affordable Price Plans

BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone Coming to Sprint Featuring America's Most Dependable 3G Network and Affordable Price Plans OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--Nov. 5, 2009—Sprint announced today it will add the new BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone to the wireless industry’s best lineup of devices. Beginning today, customers can visit http://www.sprint.com/blackberrycurve8530 to pre-register for this next generation of the popular BlackBerry wireless device on America’s most dependable 3G network1 with the affordability of Sprint’s Everything Data plans featuring Any Mobile, AnytimeSM. Pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.

BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone makes it even easier to enjoy music on-the-go with dedicated keys to skip to the next song on a playlist, pause or play. It comes preloaded with several multimedia applications including BlackBerry Media Sync, Sprint Music Store™, Sprint TV™ and Pandora™. It also boasts dedicated applications for a smoothly integrated social networking experience with Facebook ®, MySpace™ and Flickr™. BlackBerry Curve 8530 will be available in three color options – Black, Royal Purple and Red.

“BlackBerry Curve 8330 has been a tremendous success for Sprint. BlackBerry Curve 8530 continues that legacy with the addition of several important features that make it a winner for both entertainment and productivity,” said Kevin Packingham, Sprint Senior Vice President of Product Development. “This is one device that can really do it all with the email, calendar and contact synchronization BlackBerry is known for as well as the latest multimedia and social media features. We are anxious to bring it to our customers who also appreciate the strength of our network, the affordability of our rate plans and our Ready Now customer service experience.” Sprint’s BlackBerry Curve 8530 will offer BlackBerry App World™ for instant access to thousands of applications. Sprint has employed an open Internet approach, and the Sprint Application Developer Program has been providing tools for third-party developers, since Sprint first launched the Wireless Web on its phones in 2001.

Sprint’s affordable Everything Data plans now include Any Mobile, Anytime, a feature that removes restrictive calling-circles and provides unlimited calling on the Sprint network to and from any U.S. wireless phone regardless of carrier, at no additional charge with Everything Data plans starting at $69.99 per month (all price plans exclude surcharges and taxes).

Sprint’s Simply EverythingSM offers nationwide unlimited calling, unlimited text and unlimited data, including email, social networking, Web browsing, Sprint Navigation, Sprint TV, streaming music, NFL Mobile Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile, for only $99.99 per month (plus taxes and surcharges). That is a $1,200 savings over two years versus a comparable AT&T iPhone® plan2. Both Everything Data and Simply Everything plans are available to existing customers without extending their service agreement. New lines of service require a two-year service agreement. The Sprint Mobile Broadband Network (inclusive of data roaming) reaches more than 269 million people, 18,652 cities and 1,838 airports. The Sprint Networks (inclusive of data roaming) have twice the coverage of AT&T’s current 3G network and 14 times the coverage of T-Mobile’s current 3G network, both based on square miles3.

According to Sprint performance data, Sprint Mobile Broadband connections are successfully connected and maintained better than 99 out of 100 times. According to a recent independent network test conducted by PC World, Sprint tested as the most reliable network overall among US carriers in a 13-city performance test4.

Sprint is the first national carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology. Separate from its 3G investment, Sprint has announced plans to extend its 4G leadership by launching the next-generation service in numerous markets in 2009, including the recently launched markets of Atlanta, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Portland, Ore.

Sprint is also the only wireless carrier to offer Ready Now service with trained retail associates to work one-on-one with customers to personalize their BlackBerry Curve 8530, set up features and demonstrate how it works before the customer leaves the store. Customers have the choice of sitting down with a Sprint retail associate at the time of purchase or they can schedule an appointment for a later time at www.sprint.com/storelocator.

Media Contact: Sprint Mark Elliott, 603-621-4511 603-621-4511 Mark.J.Elliott@Sprint.com

Verizon Wireless Music Lovers Can Taste The Sweetest LG Chocolate Yet

Verizon Wireless Music Lovers Can Taste The Sweetest LG Chocolate Yet BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and SAN DIEGO, CA — November 5, 2009 — Verizon Wireless and LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. (LG Mobile Phones) today announced that the LG Chocolate Touch™ will be available beginning Nov. 5 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com. Equipped with patented Dolby® Mobile, the Chocolate Touch brings a dramatically richer listening experience with its potent bass and sparkling clarity, making it the perfect companion for music lovers.

Music features:

• FM radio with 12 presets

• Integrated Song ID

• Dedicated side key for easy access to favorite songs

• Bluetooth®-capabilities with support for the following profiles: headset, hands-free, dial-up networking, stereo, phonebook access, basic printing, object push for vCard and vCalendar, file transfer, basic imaging and human interface device

• “Join the Band” feature allows customers to use their fingers to tap on a full drum kit complete with snare drum, kick drum, floor tom, hi-hat cymbal, ride cymbal, crash cymbal, and even a cowbell

o The “Join the Band” piano function allows customers to play along on a full scrolling 88-key keyboard. With the option to press “Pause” to stop the music and show off solo skills, the possibilities of fun are endless

• Dolby Mobile equalizer, enhancing the listeners experience with:

o Sound Space for Headphones – Adds spaciousness and impact to headphone listening from stereo content

o Natural Bass – Provides a clean, powerful bass extension without artificial side effects

o High-Frequency Enhancer – Reinforces high frequencies, especially for lower-quality source content

o Sound Level Controller – Maintains a consistent playback level, both within a particular program and across content

Additional features:

• Sleek, compact and stylish multi-featured touch screen phone with a rounded shape and metallic finish

• Access to Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and other social networking sites. A dedicated social networking shortcut key allows users to upload pictures and videos to Twitter, Facebook®, MySpace and other social networks.

• 3.2 megapixel camera and camcorder that includes:

o Five different resolutions

o Zoom up to 1.6 times

o Intelligent shot for improved image quality

o Panorama for three guided sequential shots

o Facial makeover that removes blemishes and enhances features

o Image editor with zoom, rotate, crop, added frames and stamps

o Ability to write over images

o Customize brightness, white balance, shutter sounds, color effects and use a self-timer

Pricing and availability:

• The LG Chocolate Touch is available for $79.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a Nationwide Calling Plan. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.

• Customers can purchase the LG Chocolate Touch beginning today in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com.

• For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

Media Contact Info:

Brenda Raney Brenda.Raney@VerizonWireless.com 908-559-7518

Demetra Kavadeles LG MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. dkavadeles@lge.com 707-328-5307

Julie Stephens LG-One Julie.Stephens@LG-One.com 310-724-5964

Verizon Wireless Introduces The BlackBerry Curve 8530 Smartphone

Verizon Wireless Introduces The BlackBerry Curve 8530 Smartphone BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and WATERLOO, ONTARIO — November 5, 2009 — Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM) today introduced the BlackBerry® Curve™ 8530 smartphone, an exciting new addition to the BlackBerry Curve series of smartphones. The slim BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone gives customers access to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi capabilities, as well as easy access to music, games and other mobile apps for entertainment on the go.

Available colors: Black and Smoky Violet

Key features:

• Easy-to-use, highly tactile, full QWERTY keyboard and touch-sensitive trackpad for reliable, responsive typing and navigation

• 256 MB flash memory and 528 MHz next generation processor for enhanced performance

• Supports voice-activated dialing and Bluetooth® (version 2.1), with support for hands-free headsets, car kits, stereo headsets and other Bluetooth peripherals

• 3G-enabled (EV-DO)

• Built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g)

• GPS with support for location-based applications, including geotagging pictures and Verizon Wireless’ VZ Navigator(SM) service

• 2.0 megapixel digital camera with zoom and video recording*

• Advanced media player for music, pictures and videos, with dedicated media keys and a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, plus BlackBerry® Media Sync, which makes it easy to quickly sync music from your computer to the smartphone**

• Access to BlackBerry App World™, featuring a broad and growing catalog of third-party mobile applications developed specifically for BlackBerry® smartphones. Categories include games, entertainment, social networking and sharing, news and weather, productivity and much more

• Access to e-mail, messaging (IM, SMS, MMS) and popular social networking sites (including Facebook and MySpace)

• Rich multimedia capabilities, including dedicated media keys smoothly integrated along the top of the handset, giving customers an easy, convenient way to control their music and videos

• Support for BlackBerry services with access to up to 10 supported e-mail accounts, including most popular ISP e-mail accounts such as Yahoo! ®, Windows Live™ Hotmail®, AOL® and Gmail, and BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support, which provides advanced security and IT administration features for corporate deployments

• Expandable memory via hot swappable microSD™/SDHC memory card slot, supporting up to 16 GB cards today and expected to support next generation 32 GB cards when available

Pricing and availability:

• The BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone is expected to be available from Verizon Wireless beginning Nov. 20 for $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a voice plan with an Email and Web feature or an Email and Web for BlackBerry plan. Customers will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. Data plans for the BlackBerry Curve 8530 smartphone begin at $29.99 when added to any Nationwide voice plan.

• For information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

* Video recording requires microSD card, sold separately

** Certain music files may not be supported, including files that contain digital rights management technologies

Media Contact Info:

Brenda Raney Brenda.Raney@VerizonWireless.com 908-559-7518

Marisa Conway Brodeur Partners for RIM mconway@brodeur.com 212-336-7509

RIM Investor Relations investor_relations@rim.com 519-888-7465

Bring An Android Device Home For The Holidays With DROID ERIS By HTC, Exclusively From Verizon Wireless

Bring An Android Device Home For The Holidays With DROID ERIS By HTC, Exclusively From Verizon Wireless BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and BELLEVUE, WA — November 5, 2009 — Beginning Nov. 6, DROID ERIS™ by HTC will invade Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the United States, bringing the power of the Android™ platform and the Verizon Wireless network together. DROID ERIS by HTC combines the popular Android platform with HTC Sense™, a user experience from HTC that makes it easy for customers to stay close to one another and create an individualized mobile experience tailored specifically to their needs.

DROID ERIS by HTC offers customers the opportunity to customize a seven-panel wide home screen with a wide variety of widgets designed to bring the most important information to the surface. DROID ERIS by HTC also includes the innovative “Scenes” feature, which allows customers to create multiple home screens, each with different widgets and shortcuts, to transform DROID ERIS by HTC from a “work” phone to a “play” phone with just a touch of a finger.

DROID ERIS by HTC also organizes interactions by person, which makes it possible to access text messages, e-mails, phone calls and even Flickr streams and Facebook updates from a single contact card.

The unique HTC Sense experience found on DROID ERIS by HTC is supported by an array of the latest mobile features, including:

• 3.2 inch capacitive touch screen and trackball interface

• 5.0 megapixel auto focus camera

• Expandable memory with pre-installed 8 GB microSD™ card (up to 16 GB supported)

• Supports USB mass storage

• Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi and 3.5 mm headset connectivity

• Integrated GPS and a digital compass with a sensor that enables the phone to know what direction it is facing

• Smart dialer for simplified dialing by name, number or initials

• Full HTML browser with Flash Lite capabilities

• Seamless compatibility with Google™ services like Google Maps™, Gmail™, Google Search™ and more

DROID ERIS by HTC will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com on Friday, Nov. 6, for $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement on a voice plan with an e-mail feature or e-mail plan. Customers will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

Media Contact Info:

Brenda RaneyBrenda.Raney@VerizonWireless.com908-559-7518

HTC Public Relationshtcpr@waggeneredstrom.com 425-638-7000

Deck The Halls With Great Deals On Award-Winning Devices Just In Time For The Holiday Season From Sprint

Deck The Halls With Great Deals On Award-Winning Devices Just In Time For The Holiday Season From Sprint OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--Nov. 2, 2009-- Beginning today, Sprint customers can visit www.sprint.com/holiday for gifting ideas to help loved ones walk in a Sprint 3G Web wonderland. They can spread holiday cheer on Facebook® and Twitter and share photos of their holiday festivities on America’s most dependable 3G network1.

Ring in the holiday right with one of these wonderful devices from Sprint – perfect for your gift-giving needs: • HTC Hero™ with Google™ – Give the gift that fits every personality, HTC Hero has over 10,000 available applications in the Android market™ for a truly customizable experience. Priced at just $179.99 after a $50 instant rebate and a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year Service Agreement2.

• Palm® Pre™ – Make multitasking merrier, run multiple applications at once on Palm Pre. Palm Pre introduces Palm Synergy™, a key feature that brings together your personal and professional calendar, contacts and e-mail into one centralized view, making transitions between work and personal life smooth and easy to manage. Available at just $149.99 after a $150 instant rebate and a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year Service Agreement2.

• Blackberry® Tour™ – Send joy to the world, all over the world with Blackberry Tour. Go places with this fast, powerful international smartphone featuring 3G technology that can keep you connected in more than 185 countries. Priced at just $149.99 after a $100 instant rebate and a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year Service Agreement.

• Samsung Moment™ – Open a Samsung Moment this holiday and receive access to thousand of applications in the Android market™. Have a brilliant holiday with Moment’s 3.2 inch AMOLED touch screen and an easy-to-use QWERTY keyboard. Priced at just $179.99 after a $50 instant rebate and a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year Service Agreement2.

• Samsung Reclaim™ – Give the Earth a holiday gift with Samsung Reclaim – the eco-friendly, socially conscious, always networking phone. Samsung Reclaim is made of 80 percent recyclable material and is available for $49.99 after a $30 instant rebate and a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year Service Agreement.

• Palm® Pixi™ –Addressing your greeting cards just got a whole lot easier with Palm Pixi, which automatically updates your contact list every time someone updates their information. Palm Pixi has an exposed full QWERTY keyboard convenient for messaging and social networking. Palm Pixi will be available beginning on Nov. 15 for an incredibly affordable price of just $99.99 after a $50 instant rebate and a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year Service Agreement2.

• LG Rumor2™ - Make it easy for the text messengers in your life to stay in touch this holiday with LG Rumor2. Available for $29.99 after a $20 instant rebate and a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year Service Agreement.

• SCP-2700 by Sanyo® - Give your social networker an extra boost this holiday with SCP-2700 by Sanyo. Text, chat, e-mail and tweet with a full QWERTY keyboard. Available FREE after a $29.99 instant rebate and a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year Service Agreement. Sprint is also giving customers the gift of savings with affordable Everything Data plans, featuring Any Mobile, AnytimeSM, a feature that removes restrictive calling circles and provides unlimited nationwide calling on the Sprint network to and from any U.S. wireless phone regardless of carrier. These plans are available for individuals and families and include unlimited wireless calling (wireless to wireless), unlimited text and data starting at just $69.99 per month (all price plans exclude surcharges and taxes).

Even Ebenezer Scrooge would appreciate the Sprint Simply EverythingSM plan’s $1,200 savings over two years vs. a comparable AT&T iPhone® plan3. Simply Everything offers nationwide unlimited calling, unlimited text and unlimited data, including e-mail, social networking, Web browsing, GPS navigation, Sprint TV, streaming music, NFL Mobile Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup MobileSM, for only $99.99 per month. Both Everything Data and Simply Everything plans are available to existing customers without extending their Service Agreement. New lines of service require a two-year Service Agreement. “At Sprint, we’re offering our customers a way to stuff their stockings with an attractive and fun wireless device, and a monthly rate plan that won’t empty their wallets,” said David Owens, vice president of Consumer Marketing for Sprint. “There is truly something for everyone – from Mom, who wants an attractive and easy-to-use phone that keeps all of her calendars in one place, to Dad, who wants the latest Android™ technology, to your brother who is all about going green, to your sister who can’t live without being able to update her Facebook status from her BlackBerry. Our customers can call and offer holiday wishes to anyone on any U.S. wireless network, without watching the clock thanks to the Any Mobile, Anytime feature on our Everything Data plans. Staying connected during the holidays or any time of year is easy with Sprint.”

Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go. We won’t miss a call, we can Facebook our friends and still watch the game on our phone, Ho! If a new device isn’t on your list this year, Sprint offers the following holiday-friendly apps:

• Mobile Shopper - Find the perfect gift using Mobile Shopper, an application that lets customers shop at more than 70 online retailers with just a click or two on their Sprint phones.

• Sprint Navigation - Don’t get lost finding your way to Grandma’s house this year with Sprint Navigation, which provides full-feature GPS navigation, including voice and on-screen, turn-by-turn driving directions and more than 10 million business listings.

• NFL Mobile Live - Don’t miss a single game because of family holiday commitments. NFL Mobile Live provides live streaming game action for NFL Network broadcast games, live audio broadcasts of every game, customizable red zone alerts, and access to your fantasy team any time so you don’t miss any of the game while doing your holiday shopping.

• eBay® – Find the perfect reindeer-themed cardigan for your “ugly sweater” party with this application that lets you shop, compare prices, bid, check My eBay and get outbid alerts right on your phone.

• Ringtones, screensavers and games – Make sure your phone delivers seasons greetings in more ways than one with festive scenes and songs. You can even send ringtones, screensavers and games as gifts to other Sprint customers.

• WeatherBug® Mobile – Check what the weather will be like when you make it over the river and through the woods with this application. WeatherBug Mobile features live weather cameras, animated radar, detailed forecasts, severe weather alerts, user-submitted weather photos and Storm Central with the day's top weather news and stories.

The Sprint Mobile Broadband Network (inclusive of data roaming) reaches more than 269 million people, 18,652 cities and 1,838 airports. The Sprint Networks (inclusive of data roaming) have more than twice the coverage of AT&T’s current 3G network and 14 times the coverage of T-Mobile’s current 3G network, both based on square miles4. Sprint is the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology. Sprint 4G delivers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G5.

Go green this holiday season and recycle your wireless device. Sprint is the industry leader in the reuse and recycling of wireless devices sold. Sprint has an aggressive industry-first goal of reaching a 90 percent phone collection rate for reuse/recycling compared with annual wireless device sales by 2017. To learn more about wireless recycling visit the Sprint wireless recycling Web site.

Contacts:

Sprint Natalie Papaj, 703-433-3051 703-433-3051 Natalie.Lariviere@sprint.com

Sprint Offers Ultra-Mobile, Ultra-Affordable Computing With Dell Inspiron Mini 10 Powered By America's Most Dependable 3G Network

Sprint Offers Ultra-Mobile, Ultra-Affordable Computing With Dell Inspiron Mini 10 Powered By America''s Most Dependable 3G Network SAN FRANCISCO-- Nov. 2, 2009—Sprint today unveiled Dell™ Inspiron™ Mini 10, the first netbook available from Sprint on America’s most dependable 3G network1. This companion PC offers blazing-fast Internet access in a convenient, affordable and portable package that can easily fit in a purse, backpack or briefcase. It is now available at select Sprint Stores throughout the Bay Area for just $199.99 with activation on a Sprint Mobile Broadband plan and a two-year service agreement, after a $100 mail-in rebate.

Dell Inspiron Mini 10 features embedded EV-DO Rev. A wireless service from Sprint that supports faster data rates and higher system capacity, enabling customers to send and receive large amounts of data at broadband speeds comparable to DSL. These faster speeds enable customers to take advantage of robust applications and services, such as wireless voice-over-IP (VoIP), high-speed video telephony, music on-demand and video messaging.

Sprint’s EV-DO Rev. A provides customers with expected average upload speeds of 350-500 kbps and download speeds of between 600 kbps and 1.4 mbps. Peak download data rates increase to 3.1 Mbps (from 2.4 Mbps), and peak upload data rates increase to 1.8 Mbps (from 153 kbps).

“Dell Inspiron Mini 10 is a fun way to easily access the speeds of Sprint’s network to catch-up on email, surf the Web and more,” said Kevin Packingham, senior vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “We are excited to add this great Dell product to our industry-leading portfolio of devices available from Sprint that work on America’s most dependable 3G network. It offers an affordable way to stay in touch and stay connected.”

Dell Inspiron Mini 10 weighs just 2.6 pounds and measures 10.3 inches (L) x 7.2 (W) inches x 1.1 inches (D). Its 10.1-inch LED, 1024 x 600 WSGVA screen is perfect for managing email or Web surfing. It offers an Intel® Atom Processor® Z520, Microsoft Windows® Home XP SP3 Edition, a built-in 1.3MP webcam, 160 GB Hard Drive, Integrated Intel® 500 Media Accelerator Graphics, 5-in-1 media reader, Bluetooth® technology and Wi-Fi 802.11g.

Customers purchasing Dell Inspiron Mini 10 will also sign up for Sprint’s Mobile Broadband Connection Plan offering 5 GB of data for $59.99 per month with a two-year service agreement. Ideally suited for small businesses and consumers who live a mobile lifestyle and want to enhance their productivity by being connected just about anywhere they go, Sprint Mobile Broadband plans allows customers to get ultra-fast access to the Internet on their laptop.

The Sprint 3G Mobile Broadband Network (inclusive of data roaming) has over twice the coverage of AT&T’s current 3G network (based on square miles), including twice as many airports and nearly twice as many cities as AT&T. Sprint has more than 14 times the coverage of T-Mobile’s current 3G network, based on square miles2. Sprint’s Mobile Broadband Network (inclusive of data roaming) reaches more than 269 million people, 18,652 cities and 1,838 airports.

According to Sprint performance data, Sprint Mobile Broadband connections are successfully connected and maintained better than 99 out of 100 times. According to an independent network test conducted by PC World, Sprint tested as the most reliable network overall among U.S. carriers in a 13-city performance test3. In every market tested, Sprint beat AT&T on reliability. So, no matter where customers take their Dell Inspiron Mini 10 from Sprint, they can be assured of a seamless and fast user experience.

• In San Francisco, Sprint won in all three PC World test categories: download speeds, upload speeds and reliability.

• In Boston, Denver and Seattle, Sprint was the only carrier to connect 100 percent of the time at reasonable speeds.

• In Chicago, Sprint also won the reliability race, with a 91 percent connectivity rate.

• In Orlando, Sprint tied with Verizon with a connection rate of 90 percent, while AT&T connected only 52 percent of the time.

• In Portland, Sprint connected 91 percent of the time, while Verizon and AT&T connected 82 percent and 73 percent of the time, respectively. Sprint’s 3G download speeds were also tops in Portland, clocking in at 905 kbps.

• In San Diego, Sprint tied with Verizon with a connection rate of 87 percent, while AT&T connected only 65 percent of the time. Sprint also won in download speeds of 831 kbps.

Sprint is the only wireless carrier to offer Ready Now service with trained retail associates to work one-on-one with customers to set up their Dell Mini 10 and demonstrate how it works before the customer leaves the store. Customers have the choice of sitting down with a Sprint retail associate at the time of purchase or they can schedule an appointment for a later time at www.sprint.com/storelocator.

Contacts:

Sprint Caroline Semerdjian, 415-684-7314 415-684-7314 caroline.semerdjian@sprint.com or Mark Elliott, 603-621-4511 603-621-4511 mark.j.elliott@sprint.com