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Sprint First U.S. Carrier to Debut Galaxy S II With Samsung Epic 4G Touch

Sprint First U.S. Carrier to Debut Galaxy S II With Samsung Epic 4G Touch OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & DALLAS, August 30, 2011 – Sprint, the first national wireless carrier to launch the groundbreaking data speeds of 4G, and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States1, today announced the upcoming availability of the first Samsung Galaxy S™ II product to be available in the United States, Samsung Galaxy S™ II, Epic™ 4G Touch.

As Sprint’s 27th 4G-capable device, Epic 4G Touch boasts a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED™ Plus touchscreen and one of the industry’s fastest dual-core processors, the new Samsung Exynos™, bringing it rich content at blazingly fast speeds. Customers will benefit from a large screen which will offer a vibrant viewing experience delivering the best picture quality at the fastest speeds available.

Epic 4G Touch will cost just $199.99 (excluding taxes) with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade. It will be available beginning Sept. 16 in all Sprint Sales channels, including Sprint stores, Web sales (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-Sprint1). Visit www.sprint.com/epictouch for more information.

Beginning today, customers can pre-order Epic 4G Touch at any participating Sprint store with the purchase of a $50 Sprint gift card. Customers who pre-order Epic 4G Touch will have their name added to the Device Wait List and be contacted to set up an appointment to complete their smartphone purchase beginning Sept. 16. Through the pre-order process, customers will know they are able to get the device they want and receive the full retail experience, including Sprint’s Ready Now service.

“Sprint is proud to build on the success of the first Galaxy S product, Samsung Epic 4G, with the first U.S. device in the next generation of Samsung’s award-winning Galaxy S lineup, Epic 4G Touch,” said Fared Adib, vice president–Product Development, Sprint. “Epic 4G Touch is a powerful smartphone that delivers vibrant and exciting content at lightning fast speeds. This device is ultra-thin yet ultra-powerful with a screen that rivals anything else in the industry.”

Epic 4G Touch is one of the thinnest smartphones, measuring just 0.38 inches thick. Its Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen display delivers brilliant colors with the most contrast, providing a vivid and crisp viewing experience. It is built on Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread, and powered by one of the fastest dual-core processors available along with the blazing-fast Sprint 4G speeds on America’s Favorite 4G Network2.

Other key features include:

• Samsung Exynos™ 1.2GHz dual-core processor

• Dual cameras: 8MP, rear-facing camera/camcorder with auto-focus and flash that shoots video in 1080p HD high profile and 2MP, front-facing camera ideal for self-portraits or video chat

• 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capable, supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices on the Sprint 3G or 4G network

• Voice Talk by Vlingo™ allows users to give their Epic 4G Touch voice commands, including voice dial, text message, navigation, music, Web browsing and search

• Task Manager enables users to view and close the applications they have active and any items that may have been downloaded and to check on memory usage via the Task Manager widget

• Screen grab feature allows users to easily take a screen capture of the phone screen by pressing the power button and the home key simultaneously

• Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface provides superior multitasking and customization for an enhanced visual and intuitive smartphone experience

• Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/a capable

• Visual Voicemail

• Enterprise functionality provides support for exchange device management policies, offers increased security of data and services and enables mobile conferencing while on the go

• microSD card slot that supports up to a 32GB memory card

• Stereo Bluetooth Wireless Technology 3.0

• Access to more than 250,000 apps through Android Market™

“We are proud to build upon the successful launch of the original Galaxy S with Sprint last year,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “The Galaxy S II, Epic 4G Touch is the next-generation premium smartphone that delivers top-of-the-line features and design, as well as blazing fast speeds with Sprint’s 4G network and Samsung’s new Exynos dual core processor.”

Epic 4G Touch requires activation on one of the Sprint Everything Data plans plus a required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge – a savings of $40 per month vs. Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web, or $10 per month vs. Verizon’s 450-minute plan with unlimited text and 2GB web. The Mobile Hotspot option is available for an additional $29.99 per month supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously (pricing excludes taxes and surcharges).

Sprint was unbeaten among major wireless carriers for customer satisfaction according to results from the 2011 American Customer Satisfaction Index. In addition to tying for first place among wireless carriers, Sprint was also the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, during the last three years, according to the survey.

As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008. Sprint currently offers 4G service in 71 markets in 28 states. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

Sprint’s annual developer conference, now called the Sprint Open Solutions Conference, will be held Nov. 2-4 in Santa Clara, Calif. Throughout the three-day conference, developers, enterprises and entrepreneurs will learn about Sprint’s open enablement strategy, creating applications for 4G and 3D, enterprise machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions, go-to-market strategies, approaches to make developers more profitable, and current Sprint tools and capabilities across devices, networks and platforms. For additional information and to register for the conference, visit http://developer.sprint.com/devcon2011.

U.S. Cellular Launches Blackberry Torch 9850 Smartphone

U.S. Cellular Launches Blackberry Torch 9850 Smartphone CHICAGO (August 24, 2011) –U.S. Cellular is adding yet another powerful device to its cutting-edge portfolio. The all-touch BlackBerry® TorchTM 9850 smartphone arrives in stores Aug. 26 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate along with purchase of a data plan.

"At U.S. Cellular, we continue to offer our customers devices that can keep them entertained, organized and help simplify their day," said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. "Our smartphone line-up includes something for everyone and is one of the reasons we have the happiest customers in wireless."

BlackBerry smartphone lovers who switch to U.S. Cellular get unique benefits, like new phones faster without continuously signing contracts, Battery Swap and a rewards program where they get points for paying monthly wireless bills on time, adding a line or referring new customers. Through Sept. 8, wireless shoppers who switch to U.S. Cellular and activate any new smartphone get a $100 switcher credit per line.

The BlackBerry Torch 9850 offers an all-touch design featuring a 3.7 inch display, the largest BlackBerry screen to date. It features Liquid GraphicsTM technology, combining a dedicated high-performance graphics processor with a blazingly fast CPU and stunning high-resolution display to deliver a highly responsive touch interface with incredibly fast and smooth graphics. The BlackBerry Torch 9850 also features the next generation BlackBerry browser with a significantly faster, more fluid web browsing experience that is among the best in the industry and delivers browsing results that are up to 40 percent faster than BlackBerry 6 based smartphones and up to 100 percent faster than BlackBerry 5 based smartphones*. Additional enhancements to this next generation BlackBerry browser have also optimized zooming and panning for smoother web navigation and optimized HTML5 performance for incredible gaming and video experiences.

Customers can customize their BlackBerry Torch 9850 to stay connected and to fit their lifestyle through the enhanced BBMTM 6 (BlackBerry Messenger) and various apps for gaming, social networking, online shopping, and increasing productivity through BlackBerry App WorldTM. Additionally, customers can capture special moments with its 5-megapixel camera and brilliant HD video camera.

Several of U.S. Cellular's value-packed national plans are a perfect fit for BlackBerry smartphone customers. The $79.99 Primary Plus Plan is the best value in wireless and offers 5GB of data with unlimited text, picture and video messaging. The plan also comes with 450 voice minutes, free incoming calls, free nights and weekends and free mobile-to-mobile calls. A family of four who switches to U.S. Cellular can save more than $1,000 a year with the company's National Premium Plus family plan. All plans and devices are backed by U.S. Cellular's high-speed nationwide network, which has the highest call quality and network satisfaction of any national carrier.

For more information about all of U.S. Cellular's deals, plans and phones, and other restrictions on these offers, visit any U.S. Cellular store, go to uscellular.com or check out U.S. Cellular on Facebook.

The BlackBerry Torch 9850 is available for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. Purchase of a data plan is required, and a new two-year agreement and activation fee may apply for new customers.

For more information:

LaTrina Blair Shepherd, U.S. Cellular, (773) 355 - 3364, latrina.shepherd@uscellular.com

MACH Roaming Margin Analysis Solution Helps Operators Optimise Their Roaming Business

MACH Roaming Margin Analysis Solution Helps Operators Optimise Their Roaming Business Luxembourg, 24th August, 2011 – MACH, the leading provider of hub-based mobile communication solutions, has today announced the launch of the industry’s first automated solution that allows mobile operators to quickly compare their wholesale roaming inter-operator tariffs (IOTs) with interconnect termination rates. The MACH Roaming Margin Analysis (RMA) solution gives operators a clear picture of the true wholesale margins they are making on international roaming, enabling them to optimize their volume commitments and hence, their roaming business operations.

Without a timely means of comparing interconnect termination rates to IOTs, operators potentially risk losing money on their roaming business. Roaming margin analysis ensures that operators can quickly align IOTs with interconnect termination fees. It allows them to secure an accurate view of their wholesale roaming margins across all destinations, without the need for time-consuming manual calculations or the requirement to try to reconcile disparate data sources.

Artur Michalczyk, Chief Product Officer at MACH, commented: “Understanding the wholesale margins they are generating on roaming is essential for operators to optimise their business operations. Traditionally, however, this was either impossible, or the manual approach required to obtain, analyse and action this information would take several weeks to complete, during which time operators run the risk of losing money on their roaming margins. Our Roaming Margin Analysis solution, launched as part of our industry-leading Wholesale Service Bureau, provides accurate and actionable output in minutes, delivering both time and cost savings for operators and allowing them to optimise their roaming business immediately.”

In addition, MACH’s RMA solution benefits operators by helping them to better understand margins on outbound retail roaming tariffs, thereby assisting in the development of re-pricing strategies for outbound roaming tariffs. The solution can also be used by operators as a wholesale revenue assurance audit tool, providing a reporting capability that can be used to understand both margin and revenue discrepancies on particular interconnection routes.

Michalczyk concluded: “According to MACH’s own statistics, a growing number of mobile operators are managing their roaming and interconnect functions as one wholesale function. Indeed, we are seeing a growing alignment and integration of interconnect billing and roaming processes, which is likely to increase with more focus on wholesale margin management in the future.”

Cricket Enhances its Messaging Phone Line-Up with the Samsung Comment

Cricket Enhances its Messaging Phone Line-Up with the Samsung Comment SAN DIEGO, Aug. 24, 2011 -- Cricket Communications, Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services and a wholly owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc., and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States(1), today announced the launch of the Samsung Comment(TM) (SCH-r380).

Built with messaging in mind, the Comment is ideal for consumers looking for a fast and convenient way to stay connected on Cricket's reliable data network. The Comment features a stylish bar design with a full QWERTY keyboard to send threaded/chat-style text messages. It is also preloaded with Cricket Navigator; MyBackup which conveniently and safely backs up your contact list; and MyHomeScreen for one touch access to weather, news, sports, horoscope, MyAccount, social networks, email and more. Users can expect a premium multimedia experience with the Comment's built-in mobile web browser, MP3 music player, 3.5mm headset jack and a 1.3MP camera. Additional features include a 2.4" QVGA display, stereo Bluetooth, voice recognition and tools to organize your day. Users can personalize the Comment by using Cricket Storefront to download applications, games, ringtones and wallpapers.

"Cricket is excited to offer the Samsung Comment to our customers who are looking for an easy to use QWERTY bar phone with an impressive thin and modern design," said Matt Stoiber, vice president and general management. "The Comment has everything the customer needs to quickly communicate and organize their day."

At a suggested retail price of $89.99 plus tax, the Samsung Comment is available in Cricket branded retail stores, dealers and at www.mycricket.com. The Comment is offered with Cricket's all-inclusive unlimited plans, including the basic $35 unlimited talk and text, and the robust $45 plan which provides users with unlimited talk, text, 411 information, navigation, international text, unlimited picture messages, unlimited web browsing and more. In addition, the $45rate plan provides convenient access to MyHomeScreen, MyBackup, and Cricket Navigator, a platform that gives users turn by turn directions without ever having to upgrade new map features like other expensive navigation systems.

For more information about Cricket's dynamic device lineup, please visit www.mycricket.com.

(1) No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S. claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics Q1 2011 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Report.

BlackBerry Curve 9350 Debuts Sept. 9 for Just $79.99 from Sprint

BlackBerry Curve 9350 Debuts Sept. 9 for Just $79.99 from Sprint OVERLAND PARK, Kan., August 23, 2011 - The next generation of Research In Motion’s (RIM) popular BlackBerry® Curve™ series of smartphones, the stunning new BlackBerry Curve 9350, comes to Sprint on Friday, Sept. 9, offering the latest BlackBerry operating system – BlackBerry® 7. The new BlackBerry Curve 9350 is a fast, affordable, easy-to-use, full-featured and socially connected smartphone that is as beautiful as it is functional.

The slim and stylish smartphone will cost just $79.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement, after a $50 mail-in rebate via reward card1 and be available in all Sprint sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and web sales (www.sprint.com). Sprint Business customers may qualify to get BlackBerry Curve 9350 for $49.99 (excluding taxes) on a business account with a new line or eligible upgrade and new one- or two-year service agreement, after a $50 mail-in rebate via reward card1.

“It is exciting to see the BlackBerry Curve line continue to evolve, building upon past success,” said David Owens, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “This latest iteration offers the recognizable form factor our customers have come to enjoy, while adding powerful new features and innovative apps of BlackBerry 7 to deliver the smoothest and fastest BlackBerry Curve experience to date.”

The BlackBerry Curve 9350 smartphone offers a full QWERTY keyboard and trackpad for easy one-handed navigation and keeps users connected by allowing them to easily share moments through pictures and videos via MMS, as well as by instant message with world-class IM services like BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger). With easy access to social networking sites like Flickr®, MySpace and Facebook®, this smartphone provides smooth integration to keep users up to speed on what’s happening in their personal and professional lives.

Key features include:

• BlackBerry App World™, the official app store front for BlackBerry smartphones offering customization, fun and productivity

• Near Field Communications (NFC) support for a secure exchange of information between NFC-enabled devices over a very short distance • 5MP camera with HD video capture, flash and zoom

• 512MB RAM

• 2GB microSD card included, with support for up to 32GB microSD card

• BlackBerry PlayBook support with BlackBerry Bridge™ (BlackBerry Bridge is available as a free download on BlackBerry App World)

• DataViz Docs To Go® Premium suite preloaded, for editing Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files from anywhere

• Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g/n)

• Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR support

Smoother and Faster with BlackBerry 7

With BlackBerry 7, the BlackBerry Browser is significantly enhanced to provide a faster and more fluid user experience and includes optimized HTML5 performance for incredible gaming and video experiences.

Building upon the Universal Search feature introduced in BlackBerry 6, BlackBerry 7 expands the capability to include voice-activated search. This new capability makes it easier and more convenient to search for content on the smartphone or web.

BlackBerry 7 also integrates BlackBerry® Balance™, which separates personal content from corporate content, giving users the freedom and flexibility to use the smartphone for personal email, Facebook®, Twitter®, multimedia, games and other apps, while satisfying the very real need for corporate data to be highly secure and manageable. BlackBerry Balance works in conjunction with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 5.0.3, which provides a number of unique IT policy controls, such as wiping only corporate data or blocking work-related content and apps from being copied or forwarded to personal contacts.

BlackBerry Curve 9350 requires activation on one of Sprint’s Everything Data plans plus a required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge – a savings of $40 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB web or $10 per month versus Verizon’s 450-minute plan with unlimited text and 2GB web. (Pricing excludes taxes and surcharges.)

Sprint was unbeaten among major wireless carriers for customer satisfaction according to results from the 2011 American Customer Satisfaction Index. In addition to tying for first place among wireless carriers, Sprint was also the number one most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, during the last three years, according to the survey.

Huawei Appointed by Genius Brand to Deploy LTE Network in Hong Kong

Huawei Appointed by Genius Brand to Deploy LTE Network in Hong Kong HONG KONG, 17 August 2011: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, and Genius Brand Limited ("Genius Brand"), a joint venture between Hutchison Telephone Company Limited ("HTCL") and Hong Kong Telecommunications (HKT) Limited ("HKT"), today officially signed the contract for the deployment of one of the biggest and best Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks in Hong Kong during the National 12th Five-Year Plan and Economic, Trade and Financial Co-operation and Development between the Mainland China and Hong Kong Forum.

In addition, Huawei has also signed agreements with HTCL and HKT respectively on the evolution of their core networks to the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) specification, while providing them with other solutions for network resources management and end-to-end user experience QoE management.

Mr. Yang Shu, President of Huawei South East Asia Region, said: "According to GSA's (The Global Mobile Suppliers Association) latest Evolution to LTE report, half of the commercial LTE networks worldwide have used Huawei's SingleRAN LTE solution. With its innovative end-to-end solution and global track record in LTE network deployment, Huawei is committed to making this project a success."

Mr. Alex Arena, Group Managing Director of PCCW Limited, said: "This advanced technology will deliver a better Internet surfing experience, higher resolution on streamed mobile content and improved interactivity along with other wireless applications which require high bandwidth requirements. Huawei's cutting-edge technology will enable us to rapidly achieve our objective of building one of the biggest and best next-generation mobile networks in Hong Kong and providing our customers with the best possible mobile broadband Internet experience."

Mr. Peter Wong, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings Limited, said: "We are pleased to have selected Huawei as the strategic partner to build the new citywide LTE network. Coupled with our advanced and integrated mobile and fixed-line infrastructure, the new network will well position us to provide high speed data services with potential download speed of over 100 Mbps and enhanced fixed-mobile convergence services in the future, further strengthening our leading position in the telecom industry."

Mr. Tiger Lu, Chief Representative, Hong Kong Representative Office of Huawei, said: "Huawei has been in the Hong Kong telecoms market for more than a decade; we fully understand the market and our customers' needs. Our customized, innovative solutions, coupled with our unrivaled global track record in LTE network deployment, enable our customers to succeed in the market. We are delighted that Genius Brand has chosen our end-to-end LTE solutions. We are confident that we will deploy one of the most superior LTE networks for Genius Brand, providing unparalleled LTE services to mobile users in Hong Kong."

With a population of over seven million, Hong Kong is not only one of the most populous cities in the world, but also a fiercely competitive telecom market with high customer expectations on quality and efficiency. Huawei's industry-leading SingleRAN LTE solution will implement MOCN (Multiple Operator Core Network) for Genius Brand, allowing HTCL and HKT to gain competitive edge in greatly reduced cost and time to market through sharing resources of the radio network and network spectrum while having two separate core networks.

Genius Brand Limited, a joint venture between Hutchison Telephone Company Limited and Hong Kong Telecommunications (HKT) Limited and Huawei today officially signed a contract for the deployment of one of the biggest and best Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks in Hong Kong at the National 12th Five-Year Plan and Economic, Trade and Financial Co-operation and Development between the Mainland China and Hong Kong Forum. Signing the contract on behalf of the companies included Mr. Richard Li, Chairman of PCCW Limited (first row, second from right), and Mr. Yang Shu, President of Huawei South East Asia Region (first row, far right). The signing was witnessed by Mr. Li Keqiang, Vice Premier of the State Council (back row, second from left) and the Hon. Donald Tsang, HKSAR Chief Executive (back row, far left).

Sprint and Mobilitie Extend Relationship to Enable Network Vision

Sprint and Mobilitie Extend Relationship to Enable Network Vision OVERLAND PARK, Kan., August 17, 2011 - Sprint today announced it has amended important contracts with Mobilitie to help enable the delivery of next-generation networks through Sprint’s Network Vision plan. The agreement involves several hundred of Sprint’s existing nationwide cell sites with Mobilitie and includes opportunities to expand the current relationship via build-to-suit solutions. Network Vision, announced in December 2010, is expected to provide an enhanced network experience by improving voice quality and providing faster data speeds while creating network flexibility, reducing operating costs and improving environmental sustainability. The agreement with Mobilitie helps enable several of these benefits.

The agreement:

• Provides Sprint with the flexibility it needs to deploy next-generation technologies and to effect its future migration from iDEN.

• Enables a quicker deployment of Network Vision by allowing Sprint to operate existing and new Network Vision equipment simultaneously during the transition, enabling a smoother change for customers.

• Gives Sprint the ability to utilize build-to-suit solutions to meet Sprint’s Network Vision schedule.

“We are pleased to reach this agreement with Mobilitie as we evolve our networks to meet the needs of our growing customer base,” said John Harrison, vice president, of Network Supplier Performance Management, Sprint. “We look forward to a continued relationship as we roll out Network Vision sites nationwide.”

“We are excited about our partnership with Sprint. Helping Sprint provide quality wireless service in conjunction with the Network Vision program is a high priority for us. Mobilitie is uniquely qualified and prepared to ensure that we are responsive to Sprint’s requirements,” said Keith Paglusch, vice president - Network Strategy, Mobilitie.

Since the announcement of Network Vision, Sprint has been aggressively working with its vendors to plan, test and begin site preparations. In the lab, calls have successfully been completed on 800 MHz 1x voice, 1x data and SMS. 1900 on MHz 1x voice, 1x data, SMS and EVDO have also been completed. Work has begun on thousands of sites and renegotiation of existing contracts with tower companies is an important step in launching these sites later this year.

Sprint Phone Connect Offers Reliable, High-Quality Home or Office Phone Service With Unlimited Domestic Calling for Only $19.99 Per Month

Sprint Phone Connect Offers Reliable, High-Quality Home or Office Phone Service With Unlimited Domestic Calling for Only $19.99 Per Month HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Aug. 17, 2011 -- Sprint® Phone Connect is a fixed wireless voice terminal that provides high-quality home and office phone service using the Sprint Wireless Network instead of a landline or broadband connection. It is available for free at Sprint Stores, online at www.sprint.com, Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1, Sprint Business Sales and select third-party dealers with a two-year service agreement on the $19.99 per month (plus taxes and surcharges) Sprint Phone Connect Plan.

Brought to market by Personal Communications Devices LLC (PCD) and manufactured by Axesstel, Inc., Sprint Phone Connect offers unlimited domestic calling while on the Sprint Network. Earlier this year, Sprint selected PCD as its On-Boarding vendor. In this capacity, PCD manages Sprint's Tier II and III vendor relationships and assists Sprint in developing new products. The relationship between PCD and Axesstel helped Sprint bring this unique product to the market for its customers.

"PCD partnered with Axesstel to bring Sprint Phone Connect to market," said Philip Christopher, CEO of PCD. "With more than 25 years of experience working with manufacturers and service providers on device certification, quality control, factory audits, field testing, managing timelines and more, PCD's guidance ensured a rapid and efficient go-to-market process."

The sleek plug-and-play device lets the user plug their current office or home landline phone into the Sprint Phone Connect terminal and activate it with an easy, over-the-air process. It is compatible with most conventional corded and cordless phones. If your cordless phone supports more than one handset, plugging the main base into the Sprint Phone Connect will activate all the handsets (digital phones for use with PBX systems may not be compatible).

It also allows business and consumer users to replace their landline service and maintain the features they are accustomed to from a landline phone provider. The Sprint Phone Connect plan offers unlimited local and long-distance calling while on the Sprint network for one low price and allows the user to consolidate phone services into one bill. Users have the option of maintaining their existing home or office phone number or activating a new one (more information on porting, including eligibility, can be found at www.sprint.com/bringyournumber).

Key Features:

• Dual Band (800/1900 MHz CDMA)

• Caller ID, Call Holding, Three-Way Calling

• Two RJ-11 ports to support multiple devices

• Voicemail notification

• AGPS/E911 Service

"We are pleased to work with our partner PCD on this initiative," said Clark Hickock, chief executive officer for Axesstel. "Through PCD's long-standing relationships with major carriers in North America and its foresight into the needs of the marketplace, we are now providing Sprint with the product needed to execute on its 'cut the cord' strategy."

CONTACT:

MEDIA CONTACT:

Charlotte Runco

Richards Partners for PCD

214.891.3591 (o)

352.494.2934 (c)

Charlotte_Runco@richards.com

AXESSTEL CONTACT:

PR and Marketing

David Berman

858.625.2100 x310

dberman@axesstel.com

AXESSTEL IR CONTACT:

Cathy Mattison

Lippert / Heilshorn & Associates

415.433.3777

cmattison@lhai.com

U.S. Cellular Adds Two More Smartphones To Prepaid Plans And Social Scene To Prepaid Messaging Phones

U.S. Cellular Adds Two More Smartphones To Prepaid Plans And Social Scene To Prepaid Messaging Phones CHICAGO (August 16, 2011) –U.S. Cellular has good news for those who want to stay on top of their budget while enjoying a cutting-edge smartphone. The carrier has added two more AndroidTM-powered devices to its lineup of prepaid plans. In addition to the LG Optimus UTM and LG ApexTM, the Samsung GemTM and HTC MergeTM are now available with U.S. Cellular's monthly prepaid plans that range from $40 to $70. Currently, the activation fees for monthly prepaid plans $50 and higher are waived.

Also, the free app Social Scene, which consolidates Facebook, Twitter and a host of other social networks into one place, is now available for download to prepaid data customers on 11 of the carrier's most popular messaging phones. Use Social Scene to quickly upload pictures from your device, Tweet and re-Tweet in real time and stream customized RSS feeds from more than 50 news, entertainment and sports sites.

"By adding two more feature-packed smartphones and Social Scene on messaging phones, we are giving customers more prepaid options that help them stay organized and connected to family and friends while avoiding bill surprises," said David Kimbell, vice president of marketing for U.S. Cellular. "Switch to U.S. Cellular and join the happiest customers in wireless."

Keeping up with family and friends is easy with the Samsung Gem. With the touch of one button, users can update their status and post photos and messages to their favorite social networking sites. The Gem also features a 3.2" full touch screen with advanced anti-scratch, anti-smudge and anti-reflective protective glass

The HTC Merge, U.S. Cellular's first Android-powered Global Ready smartphone, allows users to stay in touch no matter the continent or time zone by using the required SIM card and service for the country they're visiting. It also has a keyboard that can be switched to 18 different languages and offers users the freedom to check Facebook, tweet, text, surf the web and access e-mails anytime and anywhere.

The $60 Prepaid Plan which is geared toward customers who primarily text and surf the web, includes 450 voice minutes, unlimited text, picture and video messaging, and 2GB of data. The $70 Prepaid Plan features unlimited voice and messaging and 2GB of data.

For more information about all of U.S. Cellular's prepaid Plans, phones and other restrictions on these offers, visit any U.S. Cellular store, go to uscellular.com or check out U.S. Cellular on Facebook.

The Samsung Gem is $139.99, and the HTC Merge is $299.99. An activation fee may apply for prepaid plans below $50. The term "Global Ready" indicates that the HTC Merge has the capability to operate in international markets.

For more information:

Chelsea L. Whittington, U.S. Cellular, 773-355-3561, Chelsea.Whittington@uscellular.com

Move to the Head of the Class with Back-to-School Devices and Apps from Sprint

Move to the Head of the Class with Back-to-School Devices and Apps from Sprint OVERLAND PARK, Kan., August 16, 2011 - Books, new clothes, school supplies – there’s so much to buy and budget for this time of year as everyone gets ready to go back to school. Sprint makes it easy for students to stay on top of their school work and keep in touch without breaking the bank with powerful phones, affordable Everything Data plans featuring truly unlimited data, and access to thousands of applications.

“Being prepared for school has really changed during the past 10 years because of a host of wireless innovations, and Sprint is a great place to find out how students can move to the head of the class,” said David Owens, vice president of Product Realization for Sprint. “Whether you need a tablet, a wireless hotspot to power your laptop, or a phone with thousands of apps to help with school, Sprint has what you need. And with Sprint’s unlimited data plans for phones, you don’t have to worry about a shocking phone bill like you might with other carriers.”

Students can stay connected and stay on top of their school work with Sprint’s exclusive lineup of powerful devices. From the first glasses-free 3D phone to a 4G device under $100, Sprint has a robust device lineup to keep students organized, including:

• HTC EVO View 4G™ – Leave the notebooks behind, HTC EVO View 4G brings the best of the EVO experience to a tablet design with a 7-inch touchscreen, 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and latest version of HTC Sense. Using HTC Scribe Technology™ and the HTC Scribe™ digital pen (sold separately), HTC EVO View 4G, when combined with Evernote™, a leading notes application and service, gives students the ability to capture and make notes on Web pages, ebooks, PDF documents and more, in an easy and natural way. HTC EVO View is available for $399.99 (excluding taxes) with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade.

• HTC EVO™ 3D – The ability to capture and view photos and videos in 3D and share at 4G speeds is just one reason students will love HTC EVO 3D. Built with the Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, it also features America’s first 4.3-inch qHD 3D display, a powerful 1.2GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon® dual-core processor, and dual 5-megapixel cameras. HTC EVO 3D is available for just $199.99 (excluding taxes) with a two-year service agreement or new-line activation for eligible upgrade.

• Samsung Conquer™ 4G – Maintain your student’s budget and provide the latest in 4G technology for under $100. Samsung Conquer 4G is built on Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread and offers Sprint ID and blazing-fast Sprint 4G speeds on America’s Favorite 4G Network1. It features an enhanced 3.5-inch touchscreen and dual cameras enabling video chat while on-the-go. It will be available Aug. 21 for just $99.99, after a $50 mail-in rebate via reward card (excluding taxes)”with a two-year service agreement and new-line activation for eligible upgrade.

• Samsung Replenish™ – Keep the Earth-loving student powered with an Android eco-friendly smartphone. Partially built with recycled plastics2 and recyclable packaging3, Replenish is enabled with Sprint ID, which allows students to personalize their device instantly with eco-focused apps, widgets and mobile content by downloading the Green ID pack. Samsung Replenish is available for just $29.99, after a $50 mail-in rebate via reward card (excluding taxes) with a two-year service agreement and new-line activation or eligible upgrade. As part of a special promotion that showcases Sprint’s commitment to environmental responsibility, customers can save $10 per month on their monthly wireless service when they purchase a Samsung Replenish.

• Overdrive™ Pro 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless – Power a small classroom with Overdrive Pro. Overdrive Pro allows users to connect up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously – including laptops, tablets, eReaders, music players, gaming devices and cameras – through a single connection (via Wi-Fi) to Sprint’s 3G or 4G networks. Overdrive Pro is available for just $49.99 (excluding taxes) after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year service agreement.

Back-to-School Apps

Android-powered devices from Sprint offer access to more than 250,000 apps from Android Market. Whether it’s finding the best textbook prices, keeping their schedule organized or waking up on time for class, students can take advantage of helpful applications, including:

• ScanLife: Students can save money on books by using their phone’s camera to find cheap textbook prices. ScanLife lets users search online stores for book prices by scanning the book’s UPC code or 2D barcode. Free in Android Market.

• ShareYourBoard: Students can simply snap a photo of the classroom’s whiteboard, covered with the professor’s notes – no matter what angle, lighting or type of whiteboard or markers are used – and this app will improve the readability and extract all the information users need. Free in Android Market.

• Documents To Go: Perfect for students working on term papers, Documents to Go lets users access and view Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files and attachments remotely and send them to classmates or professors. Free in Android Market.

• Class Buddy – Student Planner: This all-in-one organizer application helps students manage semesters, terms, courses and classes, as well as keep track of attendance and GPA. $1.49 in Android Market.

• Better Alarm Clock: Better Alarm Clock allows users to make customizable alarm schedules to ensure they won't miss that 8 a.m. class or early-morning practice. Free in Android Market.

In addition, college students will appreciate starting the fall semester with Blackboard Mobile Learn™, a free application that allows students at many colleges to complete class work, check grades, interact with professors and more from virtually anywhere, anytime. Blackboard Mobile Learn takes interactive teaching and learning to mobile devices, giving students and teachers instant access to their courses, content and organizations anywhere directly from their smartphones, including Android and BlackBerry smartphones from Sprint. Through a partnership between Sprint and Blackboard Inc., the application is available on Sprint 3G and 4G networks or with Wi-Fi at no extra charge to institutions using Blackboard’s online teaching and learning platform.

Worry-Free Pricing

Sprint customers can access these and other apps without worrying about overage charges because Sprint is the only national wireless carrier to offer truly unlimited data for smartphones. With Sprint, customers don’t have to worry about surprises on their monthly bill from data overage charges like they might with tiered data plans from AT&T or Verizon. Nor do they have to limit their data usage to avoid throttling, like they might with T-Mobile.

Sprint’s Everything Data 450 plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint network, for just $69.99 per month plus required $10 per month Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones – a savings of $40 per month vs. Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and just 2GB Web or $10 per month vs. Verizon’s 450-minute plan with unlimited text and 2GB Web (pricing excludes taxes and surcharges).

No-Contract Service

For students on a budget, no-contract service is another great option. Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA, two of Sprint’s no-contract wireless brands, are helping make the school year more affordable by cutting prices on some of their most popular phones, effective immediately.

Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile has reduced the prices on a variety of its phones:

• Motorola ClutchTM i465 and Graphite i465g, a candy-bar QWERTY perfect for heavy texters, are $49.99.

• Samsung SeekTM, Boost’s first touchscreen device with a slide-out QWERTY keypad, is $79.99.

• Sanyo JunoTM by Kyocera in impulsive pink and deep blue, the phone offers simplicity and flare with a QWERTY keyboard and one-click texting button for $39.99.

All phones are available at Boost Mobile’s exclusive retail stores, select independent wireless dealer locations across the country, major retail national outlets and at www.boostmobile.com with free shipping. Students won’t need to worry about running out of minutes or capped data use as all Boost phones are available on Boost Mobile’s $50 Monthly Unlimited with Shrinkage plan, which includes nationwide talk, text, Web, email and payments that shrink.

Virgin Mobile USA

Virgin Mobile is offering great pricing on its popular Android-powered phones:

• Samsung Intercept™, a 3G smartphone featuring a 3.2-inch touchscreen, Android Market, QWERTY keyboard, and 3.2MP camera, is $149.99.

• LG® Optimus V™, a 3G and Wi-Fi capable smartphone operating on Android 2.2 and featuring a 3.2-inch touchscreen with a virtual QWERTY keyboard and Swype® text entry. Customers can check in with Gmail™, Twitter®, and YouTube™ for $149.99.

• For those looking for a top-of-the-line smartphone, the new Motorola Triumph™ is available for $299.99. Triumph features a superfast 1GHz processor, 4.1-inch touchscreen, 5MP camera, front-facing VGA camera, 720p HD camcorder with HDMI output, Google Maps with Navigation™, Android Market™, and more on the Android 2.2 platform. Coupled with the $35 monthly plan, Triumph provides the greatest value4 for an Android plan in the marketplace.

All Android-powered smartphones are available at www.virginmobileusa.com with free shipping and more than 40,000 retail stores, including Best Buy, Radio Shack, Target and Walmart. Virgin Mobile dares consumers to “find a better Android plan” than unlimited Web, data, messaging and email at $35 a month on Beyond Talk plans.

Virgin Mobile is also offering special promotions on its Broadband2Go devices. The MiFi® 2200 Mobile Hotspot is $129.99, reduced from $149.99, and the Ovation MC760 USB device is $59.99, reduced from $79.99, now through Aug. 23 or while supplies last. Virgin Mobile’s No Annual Contract Broadband2Go plans feature 3G speeds. Prices,start at just $10 for 10 days/100MB of data or $20 per month for 500MB of data. The $50 Unlimited Plan gives you unlimited data access with 3G speeds up to 2.5GB each month. Another Broadband2Go device, ZTE PEEL™ 3200, provides a 3G connection for your iPod Touch®. The PEEL monthly plan is $20/month for 500MB of data.

Sprint and McAfee Offer Customers Mobile Security Applications to Help Protect Information on Their Wireless Devices

Sprint and McAfee Offer Customers Mobile Security Applications to Help Protect Information on Their Wireless Devices OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & SANTA CLARA, Calif., August 10, 2011 - Sprint and McAfee announced today that they are providing Sprint customers easy access to McAfee® Mobile Security and McAfee® Family Protection Android™ Edition software, which will better help them protect the important information stored on their mobile devices.

As the use of smartphones and tablets continues to grow, Sprint is actively working with developers, manufacturers and leaders in the industry to provide solutions that can help protect customers’ information and their devices. McAfee Mobile Security can help Sprint customers protect the important information stored on these devices from loss, theft and viruses. In addition, McAfee Family Protection Android Edition provides parents an application that will allow them to filter inappropriate websites on their child’s mobile device.

Sprint customers using select Android-powered devices can easily download the McAfee Mobile Security and McAfee Family Protection Android Edition applications from the Android Market™ by clicking on McAfee within Sprint Zone or the Sprint Tab in the Android Market. Customers can find Sprint Zone as an icon on their device1.

The McAfee Mobile Security software is available as a seven-day trial and can be purchased as a 12-month subscription for $29.99. The McAfee Family Protection Android Edition is available as a 30-day trial and can be purchased as a 12-month subscription for $19.99.

“Sprint takes mobile security very seriously, and we are working to provide tools for our customers that can help protect their devices from viruses and give them the ability to lock or wipe data from their device remotely if it becomes lost or stolen,” said Fared Adib, senior vice president-Product, Sprint. “McAfee is recognized as a leader in this space, and we are pleased to be working with them and to feature the McAfee Mobile Security software in Sprint Zone.”

McAfee Mobile Security – provides a comprehensive mobile security solution for smartphones and tablets. With McAfee Mobile Security, consumers can now access the following features and functionality in a single download:

• Locate and track a lost or stolen mobile device via the McAfee online Web portal, even if the SIM card is replaced

• Back up important contacts, photos and videos from a mobile device or remotely via the Web

• Access personal data online from virtually anywhere. Restore data, even to a new device

• Remotely lock the mobile device to protect against misuse, such as excessive phone charges

• Remotely wipe personal data from a lost or stolen device via the McAfee Web portal, mobile Web portal or via a SMS message from a buddy device

• Set an audible alarm to help find the device, disrupt a thief, and/or set a pop-up notification with instructions for returning the device

• 24/7 real-time anti-malware protection against viruses, worms and spyware, Trojan horses and battery-sapping malware

• Safely browse and search the Web with protection from malicious websites, phishing, identity theft and credit card fraud

McAfee Family Protection Android Edition – helps protect children of all ages from exposure to inappropriate website content while enabling them to freely explore their online interests. Features include:

• Web filtering for Internet, empowering parents to choose categories such as drugs, pornography and weapons, to filter or add specific websites to access or block

• Works with the default browser on the mobile device and is designed to block other browsers from running and bypassing the technology

• An uninstall protection feature helps to prevent kids from deleting the application on their mobile device

“By providing McAfee Mobile Security, Sprint can provide security safeguards for their customers in the event of loss or theft, protection against the growing threat of viruses and spyware targeting mobile devices and protection from Web-based threats,” said Todd Gebhart, co-president, McAfee. “With McAfee Family Protection Android Edition, parents can add a layer of protection for their children who are using their smartphones to explore the Web.”

Sprint Makes it More Affordable to Experience 4G with the Aug. 21 Availability of Samsung Conquer 4G

Sprint Makes it More Affordable to Experience 4G with the Aug. 21 Availability of Samsung Conquer 4G OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & DALLAS, August 05, 2011 - As the first national wireless carrier to launch the groundbreaking data speeds of 4G, Sprint today announced with Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States1, Samsung Conquer™ 4G2. The launch of Samsung Conquer 4G, Sprint’s 25th 4G-capable device, marks Sprint’s first 4G smartphone to launch at less than $100 enabling Sprint customers to experience industry-leading features without breaking the bank.

Samsung Conquer 4G will cost just $99.99 with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade and after a $50 mail-in rebate via reward card3 (pricing excludes taxes). It will be available in all Sprint retail channels, including Web sales (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-Sprint1), beginning on Aug. 21. Visit Sprint Community for more information.

“The price of Samsung Conquer 4G makes Sprint’s 4G speeds accessible to more customers than ever,” said Fared Adib, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “We are proud to deliver this dynamic device at a great value without sacrificing must-have technology. Our customers can really do more for less when this ultra-affordable 4G device is paired with the great value of our unlimited data calling plans.”

Samsung Conquer 4G is built on Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread, powered by a 1GHz processor and offers Sprint ID and the blazing-fast Sprint 4G speeds on America’s Favorite 4G Network4. It features an enhanced 3.5-inch touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera with flash and zoom and 1.3-megapixel front facing camera enabling video chat while on-the-go. Other key features include:

• Dual-Mode 3G/4G device – dependable 3G nationwide coverage and turbo-charged Sprint 4G speeds where available• Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and GPS capable• MicroSD card slot that supports up to a 32GB memory card (2GB card included)• 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capable, supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices on the Sprint 3G or 4G networks• Stereo Bluetooth wireless technology• Access to more than 250,000 apps through Android Market™

“Samsung Conquer 4G delivers the latest Android experience with best-in-class features, including a fast 1GHz processor, dual cameras for video chat and 4G network speeds, at an exceptional value,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “Conquer 4G continues Samsung’s commitment to delivering a quality smartphone experience at a variety of price points.”

Sprint ID delivers a variety of apps, widgets, shortcuts, ringtones and wallpapers designed to meet users’ specific mobile needs and interests in just a few simple clicks. Sprint ID packs are free to download with an Everything Data plan and users can download five at once – including E! (keep up with your favorite celebrities), Green (tips to live a greener lifestyle), MTV Music ID (mobile music experience), and Socially Connected (keep connected with friends on-the-go). To see all Sprint ID packs, visit www.sprint.com/sprintid.

Samsung Conquer 4G requires activation on one of the Sprint Everything Data plans plus a required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on charge – a savings of $39.99 per month vs. Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web, or $9.99 per month vs. Verizon’s 450-minute plan with unlimited text and 2GB Web. The Mobile Hotspot option is available for an additional $29.99 per month supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously (pricing excludes taxes and surcharges).

Sprint was unbeaten among major wireless carriers for customer satisfaction according to results from the 2011 American Customer Satisfaction Index. In addition to tying for first place among wireless carriers, Sprint was also the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, during the last three years, according to the survey.

As the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology, Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008. Sprint currently offers 4G service in 71 markets in 28 states. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

Sprint’s annual developer conference, now called the Sprint Open Solutions Conference, will be held Nov. 2-4, 2011, in Santa Clara, Calif. Throughout the three-day conference, developers, enterprises and entrepreneurs will learn about Sprint’s open enablement strategy, creating applications for 4G and 3D, enterprise machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions, go-to-market strategies, approaches to make developers more profitable, and current Sprint tools and capabilities across devices, networks and platforms. For additional information and to register for the conference, visit http://developer.sprint.com/devcon2011.

America’s First BlackBerry 7 Smartphones Coming to Sprint This Fall

America’s First BlackBerry 7 Smartphones Coming to Sprint This Fall OVERLAND PARK, Kan., August 03, 2011 - Sprint announced an expansion of its robust portfolio of BlackBerry® smartphones with the fall availability of America’s first two BlackBerry® 7 smartphones – BlackBerry® Bold™ 9930 and BlackBerry® Torch™ 9850 from Research In Motion (RIM). Specific pricing and availability will be provided closer to availability.

Both new smartphones are powered by the next-generation BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 7, a performance-driven operating system designed to deliver the ultimate in communications, multimedia and productivity. Both smartphones also feature Liquid Graphics™ technology, a key new feature powered by BlackBerry 7 to deliver incredibly fast, smooth performance and a highly responsive touchscreen experience. They are also both powered by a 1.2GHz processor, offer 5MP cameras and are World Phone capable.

“Sprint’s incredibly loyal BlackBerry customers will appreciate the benefits of the BlackBerry 7 user experience on these two new smartphones – BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850,” said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “BlackBerry 7 is an evolution that extends the ability to support our customers domestically and internationally as they juggle their busy personal and professional lives with one easy-to-use device. We are excited to continue our strong relationship with RIM through these new powerful devices.”

Two options – Super Thin or Full Touchscreen

At just 10.5mm thick, the BlackBerry Bold 9930 smartphone is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone ever. It features a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen display, the widest QWERTY keyboard available on a BlackBerry smartphone and a trackpad for easy navigation.

Key features of BlackBerry Bold 9930 include:• BlackBerry® service with access to up to 10 supported business and personal email accounts, plus BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support for corporate email installations

• DataViz Docs To Go® Premium suite preloaded, for editing Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files from anywhere

• BlackBerry App World™, the official app store for BlackBerry smartphones offering customization, fun and productivity

• BlackBerry® Playbook™ support with BlackBerry Bridge™ (Bridge is available as a free download on BlackBerry App World)

• Near Field Communications (NFC) support for a secure exchange of information between NFC-enabled devices over a very short distance

• Augmented Reality using the built-in compass (magnetometer) to support augmented reality applicationsThe sleek BlackBerry Torch 9850 smartphone will be the first full-touch BlackBerry smartphone from Sprint. It features a spectacular, new 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen display, the largest ever on a BlackBerry smartphone, and trackpad for easy navigation.

Key features of BlackBerry Torch 9850 include:

• BlackBerry® service with access to up to 10 supported business and personal email accounts, plus BlackBerry® Enterprise Server support for corporate email installations

• DataViz Docs To Go® Premium suite preloaded, for editing Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files from anywhere

• BlackBerry App World, the official app store for BlackBerry smartphones offering customization, fun and productivity

• BlackBerry® Playbook™ support with BlackBerry Bridge™ (Bridge is available as a free download on BlackBerry App World)

• Augmented Reality using the built-in compass (magnetometer) to support augmented reality applications

Enhancing the Experience with BlackBerry 7

BlackBerry 7 introduces a next-generation BlackBerry browser with a significantly faster, more fluid web browsing experience that is up to 40 percent faster than BlackBerry® 6 based smartphones and up to 100 percent faster than BlackBerry® 5 based smartphones1.

The new BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 smartphones also feature Liquid Graphics technology, with each smartphone combining a dedicated high-performance graphics processor with a blazingly fast CPU and stunning high-resolution display to deliver an incredibly fast, smooth and responsive visual experience.

Building upon the Universal Search feature introduced in BlackBerry 6, BlackBerry 7 expands the capability to include voice-activated search. This new capability makes it easier and more convenient to search for content on the smartphone or web.

BlackBerry 7 also integrates BlackBerry® Balance™, which separates personal content from corporate content, giving users the freedom and flexibility to use the smartphone for personal email, Facebook®, Twitter®, multimedia, games and other apps, while satisfying the need for corporate data to be highly secure and manageable. BlackBerry Balance works in conjunction with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 5.0.3, which provides a number of unique IT policy controls, such as wiping only corporate data or blocking work-related content and apps from being copied or forwarded to personal contacts.

BlackBerry Bold 9930 and BlackBerry Torch 9850 use the Sprint 3G Network domestically and offer World Phone capability for international travel to nearly anywhere in the world. Sprint customers have the power to make or receive phone calls in more than 185 countries and access to BlackBerry® data services, including email, apps and web browsing in nearly 150 countries. Customers also have the option of using a third-party SIM for international voice and data services.

Sprint Biz 360 Simplifies Small Business Communications Solutions

Sprint Biz 360 Simplifies Small Business Communications Solutions OVERLAND PARK, Kan., August 01, 2011 - Sprint today welcomes small businesses to a new generation of communications solutions with Sprint Biz 360 – tailored communications packages available with cutting edge phones and applications and unique support from care advocates to help small businesses implement solutions quickly and easily.

Sprint Biz 360, available today from Sprint, represents a unique and complete offering customized to today’s small business. It includes:

• Wireless phone solutions

• Fixed and mobile connectivity solutions

• Productivity solutions that let employees do more from more places

• Affordable prices and specialized plans – including Sprint’s ground-breaking “Business Freedom” plans – that give businesses contract flexibility, pooling options and cost savings

• Business-grade support and discounts to help small businesses grow

“Our small business customers have made it clear: small business solutions – beyond cellphones – are notoriously complicated. Small Business owners don’t want to spend time navigating a myriad of communications options – they want to focus on their business and their customers,” said Judy Train, Vice President – Small Business and Alternate Channels for Sprint. “What small businesses want is for a carrier to pull together the solution pieces into a coherent package that’s easy, flexible, understandable and affordable. That’s our intent with Sprint Biz 360.”

Fire your local phone company

At the heart of Sprint Biz 360 is Sprint Phone Connect, an office phone service that comes without the need for a landline service. Sprint Phone Connect, available Aug. 11, lets small businesses unplug their wireline and plug into Sprint’s nationwide 3G wireless network. Customers can easily port their phone numbers to Sprint and replace their existing home or office landline-based service, subject to coverage area. Small businesses can also save money by combining the Sprint Phone Connect device with the Sprint Phone Connect plan for unlimited local and long distance calling on the Sprint network.

A small business solutions bonanza

In addition to Sprint Phone Connect, Sprint Biz 360’s features include:

Phone solutions: Get the latest smartphones for business, from Android and BlackBerry to Windows 7, and other rugged devices.

Embedded solutions: Boost your business with the latest tablets, netbooks and notebooks that are built to connect to the Sprint 3G and 4G networks.

Connectivity and connectivity back-up solutions: Get convenient and safe connectivity to the Sprint 3G and 4G networks. Sprint has both permanent and temporary solutions to keep small businesses connected and productive, including the MiFi® Mobile Hotspot by Novatel Wireless, the Overdrive Pro™ 3G/4G by Sierra Wireless and Cradlepoint MBR95.

Productivity solutions: Ensure your workforce is able to get work done – virtually anywhere – with Aircharge® Mobile Payment solutions, Mobile Workforce Locator, Actsoft® Wireless Forms Management, Whitepages.com and more. Sprint has tools beyond wireless phones to make today’s small business more productive.

Business plans: Sprint has customizable plans that give small businesses the best value at the lowest cost. Small businesses can customize their plans to fit their business needs. Plans include Business Freedom – zero-term, month-to-month plans – that give businesses the flexibility to connect at their own pace.

Business support: Sprint’s commitment to growing businesses extends beyond technology with programs like:

• Sprint Business Advocates – work with a dedicated rep for account reviews, ask about preference-based services or build a Biz 360 solution to your specifications.

• Small Business discounts help your business save money with discounts that are tailor made for growing businesses.

“In today’s small business environment, it’s not enough to offer a solution like Sprint Biz 360,” Train said. “You have to back it up with your best people – available around the clock and ready to solve a problem, explain a feature, or make a benefit understandable.

“Small businesses want the same type of dedicated care that enterprise customers get. It’s what they say they need to navigate the choices. And it’s what 360 delivers.”

New website – www.sprint.com/biz360 – brings Sprint Biz 360 to life

Determining the best Sprint Biz 360 solutions comes easy on www.sprint.com/biz360. The customized website allows customers to assess their specific business needs against a backdrop of like-minded small businesses. After assessing needs and studying how other small businesses made Sprint Biz 360 work for them, a customer can choose and customize a solution that ideally suits their business. If customers have questions about products or solutions, they can reach out directly to a Sprint Small Business expert who can walk them through a needs assessment, help select the right product, or develop the perfect small business solution.

Sprint Biz 360 is also available in Sprint Retail Stores or can be ordered by calling 1-877-9BIZ360 (1-877-924-9360).

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