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Cricket Wireless to Offer iPhone on June 22

Cricket Wireless to Offer iPhone on June 22 SAN DIEGO, May 31, 2012 -- Cricket Communications, Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc., announced today that it will be the first pre-paid carrier in the US to offer iPhone to its customers. Beginning on Friday, June 22, Cricket will offer iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 with its $55 per-month, all-inclusive unlimited talk, text and data plan.

iPhone 4S is the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible features including Apple's dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all-new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. iPhone 4S comes with iOS 5.1, the world's most advanced mobile operating system; and iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that work with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.

"Our customers want the best products available and we are excited to bring iPhone to our pre-paid consumers with an industry leading $55 per-month service plan," said Doug Hutcheson, president and chief executive officer, Leap Wireless International, Inc. "Launching iPhone is a major milestone for us and we are proud to offer iPhone customers attractive nationwide coverage, a robust 3G data network and a value-packed, no-contract plan."

iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 will be available in Cricket company-owned stores and select dealers in nearly 60 markets, online at www.mycricket.com/iphone and over the phone at 800-853-7682. Starting today, customers can receive more information on the launch by registering at www.mycricket.com/iphone. iPhone 4S will be available for $499.99 for the 16GB model and iPhone 4 will be available for $399.99.

Cricket's service plans feature all-inclusive pricing and easy-to-understand pricing packages with no service fees or overage charges. For customers, that means a bill that doesn't fluctuate based upon monthly usage. Cricket's all-inclusive pre-paid smartphone service plan includes:

- Monthly Fee: $55

-Voice (minutes): Unlimited

- SMS: Unlimited

- Data: Unlimited*

- iPhone 4S 16GB: $499.99

- iPhone 4 8GB: $399.99

* Fair usage policy of 2.3GB per month.

For more information about Cricket's dynamic service and to check for availability, visit www.mycricket.com. To follow Cricket's latest news and updates online, visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/cricketwireless and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/cricketnation.

For more information on iPhone 4S, please visit: www.apple.com/iphone

For further information:

Greg Lund, Media Relations, +1-858-882-9238, glund@cricketcommunications.com,

or

Amy Wakeham, Investor Relations, +1-858-882-9876, awakeham@cricketcommunications.com

Sprint and Agnik Team on Advanced Data Mining for Enhanced Vehicle Performance Applications

Sprint and Agnik Team on Advanced Data Mining for Enhanced Vehicle Performance Applications OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 30, 2012 - Sprint and Agnik will work together to provide companies with advanced tools that analyze vehicle and driver performance data in order to make transportation safer and cleaner.

Agnik’s suite of software products provide powerful yet easy-to-use Web-based tools that transform data about vehicle activity and health into valuable insights, highly coveted by fleet owners and companies in the insurance and auto repair industries.

Agnik offers the insurance industry a full solution that captures vehicle and driver behavior with a small device that simply plugs into the vehicle’s diagnostic data port. It analyzes the data onboard the vehicle, and sends the resulting data analytics over the Sprint wireless network to a remote server that can be accessed by actuarial managers and policy holders with easy-to-use Web-based tools. Agnik MineDrive™ performs statistical data mining, clustering, segmentation, trend analysis and predictive modeling capabilities. Insurance companies may use this information to provide teen driver plans and safe driver rate plans with greater risk awareness than ever before.

For the auto repair industry, Agnik offers MineCar™, a product that combines the real-time telematics vehicle performance analytics with non-telematic data such as historical data about the car, lifestyle information about the car owner's interests, repair details and current market data about the car. Auto service companies can alert drivers in the early stages of a repair or when their care is scheduled for maintenance, in addition to other valuable business intelligence critical for effective customer relationship management.

And for better monitoring and management of fleet vehicles, Agnik offers MineFleet® advanced predictive vehicle data mining for dramatically reducing the operating costs. It includes computer modeling software for benchmarking and monitoring vehicle health, emissions, driver behavior, fuel-consumption and fleet characteristics.

Agnik also offers Vyncs™ for monitoring family vehicles. It is designed for a household with multiple cars (or a business with a small fleet) and offers an easy-to-use Web-based portal that enables the policyholder to track the location of the car for greater parental control. It also reports the mechanical condition of the car, generates maintenance alerts, provides estimates for repairs, offers personalized fuel savings tips and gives suggestions for improving driving styles.

“Sprint is excited to be working with Agnik, and this collaboration announcement underscores our commitment to making transportation safer and more efficient,” said Wayne Ward, vice president-Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint. “We have a dedicated team that fast tracks M2M solutions to market. So far, Sprint has certified hundreds of M2M solutions and has millions of devices running on its network today. Wireless monitoring is an example of how connected devices are changing every aspect of our lives.”

“Agnik is pleased to collaborate with Sprint in supporting Sprint’s offerings in the insurance and transportation-related markets,” said Dr. Hillol Kargupta, president-Agnik. “Agnik offers a comprehensive set of telematics products powered by our patented, onboard data-stream mining technology and wide range of analytic services for insurance, vehicle repair and consumer market solutions.”

Huawei Completes IOT Capability Test for CDMA 1X-LTE CSFB on Commercial Device

Huawei Completes IOT Capability Test for CDMA 1X-LTE CSFB on Commercial Device Shenzhen, China, May 30, 2012: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced the successful IOT(Interoperability Test) capability testing of CDMA 1x-LTE CSFB (Circuit Switched Fallback) on commercial device. The test, using Release 8 1x CSFB and Release 9 1x eCSFB technology, demonstrates Huawei's leading position in CDMA to LTE evolution.

CSFB is an important component of CDMA to LTE evolution since it allows for data services to be able to run on LTE networks while voice service fall back to CS(Circuit Switched) packets. In the initial stages of LTE network deployment, operators usually deploy LTE to cover data hotspot areas, since VoLTE has not yet fully matured. With CSFB technology, subscribers are able to enjoy LTE mobile broadband services while continuing to have high-quality CDMA 1x voice services.

"This is an important achievement for the CDMA-LTE industry." said Wu Hui, Huawei President of CDMA/LTE Wireless Networks. "With Huawei's leading SingleRAN platform, Huawei enables synergy between CDMA and LTE. Huawei's CDMA-LTE team is committed to increasing the network capacity, helping operator protect their network investments and provide subscribers with high-quality voice service and ultra-broadband experience."

As a worldwide partner for most CDMA telecom operators, Huawei is steadfast in its commitment to investment and innovation in CDMA technologies. Huawei provides its customers with E2E products and solutions, business consulting services and industry cooperation to ensure the successful commercial network rollouts.

Through Q1 2012, Huawei has won 145 Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) commercial contracts, including 110 Data-Optimized Rev. A (DORA) contracts, three EV-DO Rev. B contracts for commercial networks, and eight EV-DO Rev. B contracts for pre-commercial networks.

U.S. Cellular Offers A Curated Menu Of Apps In Amazon Appstore For Android

U.S. Cellular Offers A Curated Menu Of Apps In Amazon Appstore For Android CHICAGO (May 22, 2012) – U.S. Cellular has introduced a customized application menu in the Amazon Appstore for Android available exclusively to the carrier's customers. U.S. Cellular is the first and only carrier to offer this specially curated app menu, which is now available on most U.S. Cellular Android-powered devices.

When U.S. Cellular customers open the Amazon Appstore on most Android-powered devices, they will see a new U.S. Cellular tab, which suggests apps that are pre-selected and approved by U.S. Cellular. The new U.S. Cellular app menu gives those Android users easy access to many applications across a variety of categories, such as games, business tools, and social media with additional apps being added on a regular basis.

"The U.S. Cellular menu in the Amazon Appstore is a great way for our customers to discover new apps that are practical and fun," says Edward Perez, vice president of marketing and sales operations at U.S. Cellular. "We're thrilled to build upon our existing relationship with Amazon to offer this convenience to our customers so they can get what they want, when they need it."

The Amazon Appstore for Android is pre-loaded on many U.S. Cellular Android-powered devices, as well as other apps, including Kindle for Android, Amazon Mobile, IMDb Movies & TV, Audible for Android, Zappos and Amazon MP3.

The Amazon Appstore U.S. Cellular menu is another benefit offered to U.S. Cellular customers, who already enjoy the only nationwide network with unique benefits, such as the industry's only points-based rewards program, free Battery Swap and free Overage Protection.

For more information, contact:

Kelly Harfoot, U.S. Cellular, 773-355-3697, kelly.harfoot@uscellular.com

Sprint Accelerates Discovery and Development of New Mobile Technology

Sprint Accelerates Discovery and Development of New Mobile Technology OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 22, 2012 - While Sprint customers are reaping the benefits of unlimited data using the industry’s best smartphones, Sprint is carefully nurturing the next wave of innovations in mobile products, services and technology.

Under the direction of Sprint CTO Stephen Bye, the Sprint Technology Development & Strategy team is dedicated to seeking out and directly engaging with start-ups and innovators working on emerging products, services and technology from around the globe.

“Delivering support for innovation goes far beyond simply pouring money into a project,” said Bye. “At Sprint, we pride ourselves on always striving to be the carrier that’s easiest to do business with. For example, when we collaborate with start-ups we can help them extend the reach of their products and get in the door with other companies where they might receive funding or sell their services.”

Lookout and Safely are two of the many start-ups successfully working with Sprint to build their businesses. Sprint, together with Lookout and Safely, will soon be launching Sprint Guardian, a collection of mobile family safety and device security bundles that provide families relevant tools to help stay safe and secure. Sprint Guardian was announced May 8 at the 2012 CTIA Wireless trade show and was named “Best of CTIA Wireless 2012: Best Mobile Security Service” by LAPTOP magazine.

“Recognizing the best innovation opportunities is a key piece of what makes Sprint a top-notch data service organization,” said Tasso Roumeliotis, CEO of Location Labs, the makers of Safely. “We are excited to collaborate on even more great customer services and mobile experiences.”

“Sprint is taking a radically different approach when it comes to finding the best way to deliver value for its customers,” said Kevin Mahaffey, co-founder and CTO at Lookout. “It’s clear the Sprint team values innovation; they are able to quickly identify cutting-edge technologies that will enhance their customer’s mobile experience.”

Sprint identifies and evaluates new opportunities through third-party and Sprint-hosted showcases and senior executive meetings in the United States and abroad. Through its “innovation funnel” program within the past 12 months, Sprint has explored hundreds of new opportunities with many key partners, including Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, Amdocs and Qualcomm; a number of venture capital firms, such as Andreessen Horowitz, Intel Capital, New Venture Partners, SV Angel, Khosla Ventures, Pitango, and Greenspring Associates; and start-up friendly organizations Plug and Play Tech Center and the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley.

Sprint is also working with a number of industry associations, such as the Israel Mobile & Media Association (IMA); Wavefront, accelerating the growth and success of wireless companies in Canada; and the Korean Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA). These agencies function as accelerators for their respective country’s high-tech start-up companies.

In addition to hosting events to identify promising technologies and backing entrepreneurs by providing distribution, marketing and partnership in general, Sprint also provides tools that make development easier to do. At the Sprint Collaboration Center in Burlingame, Calif., Sprint provides facilities and infrastructure for start-ups and innovators to partner and test their proposed products, services and technologies. Sprint’s Application Developer Program provides online resources and forums for discussion and culminates each year in the Sprint Open Solutions Conference attended by thousands of app developers, VCs and start-ups.

Sprint has a long history of innovation: being the first to launch a nationwide all-digital PCS network; the first to upgrade a nationwide network to 3G; and the first national mobile carrier to offer wireless 4G services.

“We believe that continual innovation is necessary for us to meet our customers’ needs and to win in the market,” said Bye. “We recognize innovation is happening all over the world and we are focused on partnership with open collaboration and enablement of our assets to create an environment to bring innovation and emerging technology and services to our customers.”

Companies, individuals and organizations interested in working with Sprint can visit http://developer.sprint.com for more information.

Metrum, Tollgrade and Sprint Make the Smart Grid Smarter

Metrum, Tollgrade and Sprint Make the Smart Grid Smarter OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 21, 2012 - Sprint today announced agreements with Metrum Technologies, LLC and Tollgrade Communications, Inc. that will help electric utilities improve the efficiency of distribution and management systems, essentially making the smart grid smarter. Metrum’s entire line of smart meters is now available with Sprint wireless connectivity. Tollgrade will offer Medium Voltage (MV) sensors with Sprint wireless connectivity by June 2012. The sensors provide fault detection and location, asset management, load monitoring and power quality information for utilities in urban and rural locations.

Sprint is building on a long history of providing utilities with wireless infrastructure by collaborating with Metrum and Tollgrade to provide wireless services that enhance electric grid reliability, optimize service delivery and improve efficiency.

Large scale deployment

Both companies will utilize the Sprint M2M Command Center, a Web-based portal that will give Metrum and Tollgrade the ability to securely manage, activate and de-activate each smart grid device. In addition, they can suspend service, run usage reports and set alerts on how much data each module is operating, without ever having to call Sprint directly.

Additionally, both Metrum and Tollgrade have completed Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) Device Management (DM) certification, allowing utilities to manage assets and infrastructure, ideally suited for large-scale deployments. This method of “over the air” management and activation enables a rapid configuration processes and efficient use of the wireless network.

“With the rising demand for energy and natural resources, machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions give utilities and their customers a powerful emerging tool for automating services, managing demand and promoting sustainability,” said Wayne Ward, vice president-Emerging Solutions Group, Sprint. “We are excited to collaborate with Metrum and Tollgrade, enabling them to interface directly with Sprint’s network and create management portals to better serve their customers. These announcements underscore our commitment to helping the utility industry improve efficiency. Monitoring the smart grid is an example of how connected devices are changing every aspect of our lives.”

The next generation of push–to-talk

Nextel Direct Connect®, a workhorse in the utility industry, is evolving to the next generation of push–to-talk service. Sprint Direct Connect® is packed with broadband data capabilities, familiar push-to-talk features, rugged and reliable handsets. Plus, Sprint Direct Connect interoperates with legacy Nextel Direct Connect devices and talk groups.

Sprint’s 3G data network and our enhanced push-to-talk platform will deliver instant calls and support cutting-edge data applications. Sprint’s broadband speeds will enable customers to experience the latest in technology applications, such as enterprise business productivity applications, social and multimedia support, and even advanced push-to-X capabilities in the future. Over the past six months, Sprint has announced four rugged Sprint Direct Connect handsets catering to push-to-talk users: Kyocera DuraMax, Kyocera DuraCore, Kyocera DuraPlus and the Motorola Admiral™.

Sprint Network Vision

To ensure network longevity and that future demand for secure wireless connectivity will be met, Sprint embarked on a multiyear initiative to provide an enhanced network experience expected to provide faster data speeds and improved voice quality, while creating network flexibility, reducing operating costs and improving environmental sustainability. The program, called Network Vision, involves the deployment of multimode base stations across many of Sprint’s cell sites throughout the country. As base stations are deployed, customers are expected to notice immediate improvements both outside and inside buildings, plus 4G LTE capability will become available. This road map for network innovation will help utilities avoid having stranded assets. Sprint expects to complete Network Vision by the end of 2013.

UTC Telecom 2012

The Utilities Telecom Council is holding its annual expo, UTC Telecom 2012, this week in Orlando. Sprint is a sponsor and will have utility industry experts on hand in booth #335 to demonstrate Sprint Direct Connect, as well as Metrum, Tollgrade and M2M solutions. Sprint industry experts are also available to discuss critical infrastructure and cyber security.

Commitment to sustainability

Sprint’s industry-leading role in corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability continues to receive recognition. Sprint ranked No. 3 on Newsweek’s 2011 Rankings of America’s Greenest Companies, up from No. 6 in 2010 and No. 15 in 2009. For the past two years, Sprint received the Sustainability Leadership Award from the International Electronics Recycling Conference & Expo. Sprint also was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America and leads the wireless industry in green power, securing the No. 13 spot on the EPA Fortune 500® Green Power Partner List, the only wireless carrier named to National Top 50.

Sprint Pioneers Service Simplifying Wireless Communications for Individuals with Speech Disabilities

Sprint Pioneers Service Simplifying Wireless Communications for Individuals with Speech Disabilities OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 18, 2012 - Sprint today has made it easier for individuals with speech disabilities to initiate calls using a wireless phone. Sprint’s newly launched “My Wireless STS” service enables individuals with speech disabilities to simply dial a short wireless code – *787 – to place an operator-assisted call.

A Speech to Speech (STS) operator listens to the conversation and repeats the words of the person with a speech disability to the other party. STS users can instruct the STS operator to repeat every word spoken or to simply repeat the words that are unclear. No special equipment is needed.

STS users can access the *787 service from anywhere in the country 24 hours a day, 365 days per year – and at no charge to the user.

“We are very excited to announce *787 – a service that’s tailored to the needs of STS users,” said Michael Ellis, Director, Sprint Relay. “We are the first in the industry to bring this service to market, and we’re pleased to have developed it in collaboration with speech disabled communities across the country.”

Sprint also offers “My Email Set-up” for STS users with access to email. “We know that some STS users may tire and speech may become more difficult during long calls. Our new Email Set-Up makes it easier,” Ellis said. “To reduce the amount of energy needed to provide calling instructions, STS users can email that information directly to the STS operator 2 to 24 hours prior to the call. This can include information such as the number to be dialed, the name of the person being called, any special instructions and subject of the call, or anything that makes it easier for the STS user to complete the call.”

Sprint also recently announced the availability of dedicated customer service for STS users. Sprint’s STS support staff provides one-on-one assistance, training on the STS service and can assist STS users to register their calling preferences. The new STS support toll-free number is 1-877-787-1989.

More information about the enhanced STS features can be found at www.sprintsts.com

For its innovation and industry-leading customer service in the deaf, hard of hearing and speech disabled communities, Sprint has been lauded with third-party awards and endorsements. The Paisley Group National Relay TTY Performance Index™ ranked Sprint Relay highest in customer care and speed of service. Sprint Relay also earned ABILITY Magazine’s Best Practices Award for its “spirit of inclusion” in the workplace and in the consumer marketplace.”

Sprint now provides relay service to 32 states and the federal government, to the country of New Zealand and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Sprint also provides Captioned Telephone “CapTel” services to 31 states and the federal government.

U.S. Cellular Launches 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot

U.S. Cellular Launches 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot CHICAGO (May 17, 2012) – U.S. Cellular is expanding its 4G LTE device line-up with the launch of the Samsung SCH-LC11 Mobile Hotspot. This lightweight device gives you high-speed connectivity and is available on uscellular.com now and will be in stores by May 21. When on the 4G LTE network, the Samsung Mobile Hotspot allows users to simultaneously connect up to five Wi-Fi devices to the Internet at speeds up to ten times faster than 3G. It's easy to connect to laptops, tablets, home computers and smartphones so customers can access news, weather, email, entertainment and social networks whenever they need it. For a limited time, the hotspot will be available for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate in select markets covered by the 4G LTE network and in those scheduled to be covered by the end of 2012. Visit uscellular.com for detailed pricing.

The Samsung Mobile Hotspot is a great device for businesses, students, families and anyone who needs high-speed Internet connectivity at home or on-the-go. Business travelers can get more done during airport layovers and taxi rides. Study groups can have a meeting in the park and connect to the Internet, and family car rides are more fun when everyone can get the entertainment they want.

"Customers can depend on the 4G LTE Samsung Mobile Hotspot for fast and reliable Internet connectivity wherever they are," said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. "This pocket-sized device can help simplify and organize your life and provides multiple devices with one speedy Internet connection."

The 4G LTE network builds on the 3G data services that U.S. Cellular customers already enjoy on the carrier's high-quality nationwide network. The Samsung Mobile Hotspot is available to all U.S. Cellular customers and runs on the 4G LTE network in markets where it is available and on U.S. Cellular's nationwide 3G network in all other areas.

U.S. Cellular customers enjoy unique benefits, such as new devices faster without resigning contracts, free Overage Protection and free Battery Swap. U.S. Cellular also offers customers the only points-based rewards program in the industry, which rewards customers for simple things, such as paying bills on-time, adding a line or referring friends and family. Points may be used for faster phone upgrades, additional lines, devices, accessories and ringtones.

U.S. Cellular, in partnership with King Street Wireless, currently offers 4G LTE service in select cities in Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin. In the second half of this year, 4G LTE coverage will expand to cover select cities in Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. By the end of 2012, 54 percent of U.S. Cellular customers will enjoy faster 4G LTE speeds. For more information about the 4G LTE experience, visit uscellular.com/4G.

For a limited time, the hotspot will be available for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate in select markets covered by the 4G LTE network and in those scheduled to be covered by the end of 2012. The Samsung SCH-LC11 Mobile Hotspot is available for $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate in all other markets. Visit uscellular.com for detailed pricing. Purchase of a data plan is required and a new two-year agreement and activation fee may apply for new customers. Additional terms, conditions and/or charges may apply.

LTE is a trademark of ETSI.

For more information, contact:

Katie Frey, U.S. Cellular, 773-317-0002, Katie.frey@uscellular.com

Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot, Nation’s First to Support 4G LTE, 4G WiMAX and 3G, Available May 18 Exclusively from Sprint

Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot, Nation’s First to Support 4G LTE, 4G WiMAX and 3G, Available May 18 Exclusively from Sprint OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 09, 2012 - Sprint and Sierra Wireless today announced the May 18 availability of the first-ever device to combine 4G connections over LTE and WiMAX networks, Sierra Wireless™ 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot for the Sprint network. Sierra Wireless Tri-Fi Hotspot provides the best combination of speed and coverage to Sprint customers as the upcoming 4G LTE network expands and allows families, small businesses and traveling co-workers to easily share high-speed connections.

Beginning May 18, customers will be able to purchase a Sierra Wireless Tri-Fi Hotspot for $99.99 (excluding taxes) after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year service agreement. Customers can purchase the device and sign up for 3G/4G plans at select Sprint retail stores, www.sprint.com, 1-800-SPRINT1 and through business sales.

Sprint data plans for the device start at $34.99 for 3GB of combined 3G/4G data while on the Sprint network. Customers also can choose the $49.99 plan with 6GB of combined 3G/4G data or $79.99 for 12GB of 3G/4G data, which deliver 20 percent more data for the same price as AT&T and Verizon’s similar plans.

With this versatile device, customers can extend their Sprint 3G/4G experience beyond their laptops to up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as cameras, music players, personal media players and portable game consoles. In addition, its microSD™ slot allows teams to share files and presentations with network storage, and it can be used as a digital media server. It is simple to set up and connect with no software required.

“Sprint and Sierra Wireless are once again giving customers the flexibility to enjoy 4G performance in any Sprint 4G WiMAX market along with our upcoming 4G LTE markets or Sprint’s reliable 3G network when outside a 4G area,” said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “Sierra Wireless Tri-Fi Hotspot combines simplicity with compact portability and security to make it ideal for both personal and business use in a variety of situations.”

Powered by a 3600mAh battery, Sierra Wireless Tri-Fi Hotspot offers up to eight hours of use and up to eight weeks on standby, helping to ensure it is always ready when needed, even for power users who work away from their desks all day. Similar to Sierra Wireless’ Overdrive Pro™ 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, this device offers a highly informative display screen that provides all the information needed for daily use, including the hotspot name and access code, battery life, number of devices connected, and whether the current connection to the network is 3G or 4G.

“We are excited to be part of Sprint’s 4G LTE network deployment and launch,” said Dan Schieler, senior vice president, Mobile Computing for Sierra Wireless. “The Tri-Fi Hotspot ensures Sprint customers can reliably make use of the best network connection available to them in a given location and continue to enjoy the freedom of mobile broadband virtually anywhere they go.”

With Sierra Wireless Tri-Fi Hotspot:

• Consumers and businesses can work remotely anywhere in a 4G coverage area (or virtually anywhere with 3G) and easily connect a laptop, smartphone, tablet or wireless phone through a single connection.

• Teams that are traveling can share Internet access with each other at hotels, airports and conference centers.

• Taxis, limos and shuttle buses can provide Internet access for customer use while en route to their destination.

• Health care teams can rely on an easy, reliable, power-up-and-go solution to use in Emergency Response Team (ERT) Go Kits or while treating patients bedside.

• Engineering, construction and insurance teams can instantly upload data, pictures of sites, accidents and images remotely.

• Reporters first on the scene of a breaking story can share access to upload stories and photos while at the scene, without missing a beat.

Sierra Wireless and Sprint have enjoyed a long collaboration in leading-edge technology deployments, including in the launch of the Sprint 4G WiMAX network. To assist in Sprint’s LTE network deployment, Sierra Wireless developed the world’s first LTE Band 25 devices for use in network testing and then provided these devices to Sprint and its network infrastructure partners to facilitate the network deployment.

The Sprint 4G LTE network is expected in mid-year 2012 in limited markets. For more information on Sprint 4G LTE, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

Contact (s):

Sprint


Nichole Cappitelli, 949-748-3364, ,
nichole.cappitelli@sprint.com


or


Sierra Wireless


Sharlene Myers, 604-232-1445
, smyers@sierrawireless.com

Sprint Debuts HTC EVO 4G LTE on May 18 for $199.99

Sprint Debuts HTC EVO 4G LTE on May 18 for $199.99 OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 09, 2012 - Sprint, the only national wireless carrier offering truly unlimited data for all phones while on the Sprint network1, and HTC, a global designer of smartphones, announce the Friday, May 18, availability of the next evolution of the award-winning HTC EVO™ family, HTC EVO™ 4G LTE.

It will cost $199.99 with a new line of service or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement (excludes taxes). Pre-order began May 7 at www.sprint.com/evo4glte.

“HTC EVO 4G LTE sets the benchmark for Android devices this year with its incredible 4.7-inch screen, advanced camera features and future HD voice capabilities when combined with the speed of Sprint’s upcoming 4G LTE network,” said Fared Adib, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “Its cutting-edge technology pairs perfectly with Sprint’s unlimited data plans to let our customers enjoy their wireless experience without worrying about overage charges or throttling.”

HTC EVO 4G LTE is built on Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, integrated with HTC Sense™ 4. It focuses on exceptional improvements in camera technology, audio and voice quality on both the network and device.

HTC ImageSense™ brings improvements to every part of the amazing camera experience featuring a superfast autofocus to enable continuous shooting, the ability to capture still images while taking video, and increasing the quality of photos taken in adverse conditions such as low light, no light or with bright backlighting.

HTC EVO 4G LTE is Sprint’s first device with HTC’s Authentic Sound experience integrating Beats Audio™. The technology enables customers to hear music the way the artist intended with unique audio tuning that delivers thundering bass, soaring midrange and crisp highs. Beats Audio is enabled across the entire phone experience, including playing music stored on the device, streaming from a favorite service, watching a movie or YouTube™ video, or playing the latest hot game.

HTC EVO 4G LTE boasts brilliant features, including a vibrant 4.7-inch HD display, future HD voice capabilities2, 2000mAh embedded battery and 8-megapixel rear-facing and 1.3-megapixel front-facing cameras. It is powered by the Snapdragon™ S4 processor by Qualcomm, delivering best-in-class performance and a power efficient platform for exceptionally long battery life. HTC EVO 4G LTE brings back the fan-favorite kickstand built into the smartphone’s refined, slim design.

“With the HTC EVO 4G LTE, we’re launching a true successor the original EVO, bringing a focus on innovation, design and industry-leading consumer experiences,” said Martin Fichter, vice president, product management, HTC America. “The millions of current and new EVO fans will appreciate our amazing camera that’s superfast, easy-to-use and takes video and photos at the same time as well as our enhanced audio experience that you need to hear to believe.”

Respected device critics are buzzing with excitement for HTC EVO 4G LTE. Here are a few of the praises that poured in when it was announced earlier this month:

• “The HTC EVO 4G LTE is a good looking phone and will make fans of Sprint's EVO line very, very happy. It packs every spec anyone could possibly ask for: dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 8-megapixel camera, 4.7-inch HD display, and the latest Android 4.0 operating system, enhanced by Sense 4.0. Oh, let's not forget the kickstand!” – Eric Zeman, Phonescoop

• “The original superphone has been reborn.” – Mark Spoonauer, Laptop Magazine

• “As for first impressions, I was shocked when I finally got to hold an EVO 4G LTE. In the presentation videos the phone looked thick and bulky. In person, it's anything but. It is thin, deceptively lightweight and absolutely beautiful.” – Gary Krakow, TheStreet.com

• “Yesterday Sprint and HTC made a joint announcement, unveiling the brand new EVO 4G LTE. It's an impressive device. Thin, light, fast, powerful, the whole package.” – Steve Kovach, Business Insider

HTC EVO 4G LTE customers can enjoy an unlimited data experience with Sprint Everything Data plans. 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 $79.99 per month for smartphones – a savings of $40 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web, or $10 per month savings versus Verizon’s 450-minute plan with unlimited text and 2GB Web (excludes taxes and surcharges).

HTC EVO 4G LTE is one of the first devices available with Sprint Professional Grade, a new designation for select smartphones that deliver enhanced security, device management and Exchange Active Sync capabilities to business users. Click here to learn more about Sprint Professional Grade designation.

As part of the HTC EVO 4G LTE launch, Sprint will be giving customers a chance to share their LOVE on Facebook. To learn how you could enter for the chance to win UNLIMITED LOVE, make sure to visit Sprint’s Facebook page on May 18 for details.

Sprint recently announced Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio are expected to have 4G LTE and enhanced 3G service in mid-year. The anticipated launch of these large metropolitan areas demonstrates the continued commitment by Sprint to invest in its network through Network Vision. Sprint customers in these areas will soon enjoy ultra-fast data speeds and improved 3G voice quality. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

Contact (s):

Sprint


Natalie Papaj, 703-592-8412, 
Natalie.Lariviere@sprint.com


or


HTC Media Relations


425-638-7000, 
htcpr@wagged.com

Sprint Announces Sprint Guardian – An Industry First Bringing Together Mobile Security and Safety Applications

Sprint Announces Sprint Guardian – An Industry First Bringing Together Mobile Security and Safety Applications NEW ORLEANS, May 08, 2012 - In a poll of wireless customers, 82 percent of users do not have safety or security applications installed on their device, and most are unaware of solutions that can better protect them and their family.1 Sprint (NYSE) announced today the upcoming release of Sprint Guardian, a collection of mobile family safety and device security bundles that provide families relevant tools to help stay safe and secure.

Sprint Guardian features leading mobile applications from Safely and Lookout. The family safety bundle from Safely enables families to protect their phone-carrying children through location checks and limits on texting while driving or at school for $9.99 per month, for up to five lines on an account. With the device security bundle from Lookout, customers also can protect their mobile devices from loss and malware for one single charge of $4.99 per month for up to five lines on an account. Sprint customers also have the option to purchase both bundles for a single monthly fee of just $14.98. For a family of five, that offers a 73 percent savings – more than $39 per month - over purchasing each application in the family safety and device security bundles separately. Sprint Guardian will be available this summer on many Sprint Android™-powered devices through Sprint Zone. Customers can find Sprint Zone as an icon on their device.2

“With Sprint Guardian, we’re helping to make it easy for individuals and families to manage how their children are using their mobile phone and giving them the tools they need to protect their wireless devices from theft, loss and malware,” said Fared Adib, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “Sprint is pleased to be the first in the industry to unify innovative safety and security applications from Safely and Lookout in two simple bundles at a great value for our customers.”

Inside Sprint Guardian: Safely and Lookout

The family safety tools from Safely bring together three applications to help parents keep their kids safe and focused on what matters whether they are at home, at school or on-the-go.

• Sprint Mobile Controls – Clearly understand your child’s talk, text and app use habits. Lock your child’s phone on demand or schedule locks – during dinner, school or late at night. Browse your child’s contacts and apps downloaded to the phone.

• Sprint Drive First – Automatically locks your teenagers’ mobile phones when they’re traveling more than 10 mph and unlocks when they stop driving. Direct incoming calls to voicemail and silence distracting alerts while driving.

• Sprint Family Locator – Quickly and easily locate your family members on an interactive map. Set up automatic location checks to get notified that your kids made it to school safely and on time.

The Family Safety bundle will be available for $9.99 per month for up to five lines on the same account.

“We are excited to be part of the Sprint Guardian service for families,” said Tasso Roumeliotis, CEO of Location Labs, the makers of Safely products. “Parents are concerned about children’s phone use, and Sprint’s solution, using Safely management tools, makes it even easier for families to have peace of mind about their children’s mobile experience.”

Lookout Family, a new product available to Sprint customers, enables people to manage their phone security by protecting against identity theft and fraud, to find a family member’s missing device when it is lost or stolen, and to back up their precious data. Lookout Family includes:

• Security – Protect your family’s smartphones from evolving mobile threats including malware, spyware, phishing and malicious websites.

• Missing Device – Find a family member’s lost phone on a map, sound an alarm, and lock or wipe your device to protect personal information.

• Management – Easily protect and manage your family’s mobile devices at mylookout.com, including backing up photos, contacts and call history.

Lookout Family will be available for $4.99 per month, or up to $49.99 per year, for up to five lines on the same account.

“Sprint is a leader in wireless communications, and we are excited to work together to bring mobile security to families through Sprint Guardian,” said John Hering, CEO of Lookout. “Families want mobile security to be easy, and Sprint Guardian leverages Lookout to deliver a simple solution to safeguarding smartphones.”

Sprint’s Mobile Security and Safety Leadership

Sprint is a leader in mobile security and safety, and Sprint Guardian is just the latest in a series of valuable services Sprint offers to help consumer and enterprise customers manage and protect their devices. For business customers, Sprint announced on May 3 the expansion of the Sprint Professional Mobility Services portfolio, a suite of managed and professional solutions designed to help businesses simplify management and security across an increasingly complex mix of devices in the workplace. On an industry-wide level, Sprint launched the Mobile Security Council in 2011 to bring together key players in the mobile ecosystem to address protection, safety and security needs important to consumers and businesses. Charter members of the council are Lookout, Cisco, IBM, Juniper Networks, Motorola Mobility along with its subsidiary 3LM, and Samsung.

Contact(s):

Sprint

Jennifer Walsh, 913-315-3715, 
jennifer.r.walsh@sprint.com


or


Atomic PR for Safely


Korina Buhler, 415-593-2500, 
korina@atomicpr.com


or


Lookout


Alicia diVittorio, 415-290-1253, 
press@mylookout.com

Ericsson Strengthens LTE Partnership with SK Telecom

Ericsson Strengthens LTE Partnership with SK Telecom May 3, 2012 -

• SK Telecom, South Korea's largest operator, signs contract with Ericsson to provide LTE services to its subscribers in the country's major cities

• Ericsson strengthens its position in LTE and becomes one of SK Telecom's main partners

• More SK Telecom subscribers will now benefit from an enhanced mobile-broadband experience and improved latency

Demand for LTE services in South Korea has increased rapidly since the commercial launch of the technology in the country in July 2011. By the end of April 2012, SK Telecom (NYSE:SKM) - South Korea's leading operator with more than 26 million mobile subscribers -reached 2.4 million LTE subscribers. To meet this fast-growing demand, SK Telecom has selected Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) to extend its LTE network. The LTE network extension will be carried out by Ericsson's operating unit in Korea, LG-Ericsson and is scheduled to be completed within the first half of this year.

This agreement for the commercial launch of LTE services in some of the country's major cities - including Busan and Daegu - makes Ericsson one of the operator's main partners.

SK Telecom highlighted that meeting its users' expectations and delivering high-quality services are priorities, and that it is important to work constantly to make improvements in these areas. Having Ericsson as a partner to help expand its LTE service offering to its subscribers is considered a very positive thing.

Martin Wiktorin, President and CEO of LG-Ericsson, says: "As a result of this expansion, SK Telecom will be able to offer its users broader network coverage and an enhanced mobile-broadband experience, ensuring continued loyalty among its customers and continued market leadership."

"LG-Ericsson will provide the LTE network including LTE RAN and Evolved Packet Core as well as support services including engineering, design, deployment and support services. The LTE radio access network will make use of Ericsson's Operation Support System for Radio & Core (OSS-RC) and RBS 6000 base stations."

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Ericsson Corporate Public & Media Relations, Phone: +46 10 719 69 92, E-mail: media.relations@ericsson.com

Ericsson Investor Relations, Phone: +46 10 719 00 00, E-mail: investor.relations@ericsson.com

Sprint Professional Mobility Services Expand to Offer More Choices for Businesses to Simplify Management and Security Within a Complex “Bring Your Own Device” Workplace

Sprint Professional Mobility Services Expand to Offer More Choices for Businesses to Simplify Management and Security Within a Complex “Bring Your Own Device” Workplace OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 03, 2012 - Sprint announces the expansion of the Sprint Professional Mobility Services portfolio, a suite of managed and professional solutions designed to help businesses simplify management and security across an increasingly complex mix of devices in the workplace. New to the portfolio is Sprint Device Management, which delivers mobile device management and security capabilities across multiple carriers and operating systems with industry leading companies such as AirWatch and Zenprise®, Inc. The portfolio also includes Sprint Mobility Management, which was announced in 2011.

While the Sprint Professional Mobility Services suite of capabilities concentrate on added levels of security and management in a multi-carrier environment, Sprint understands that businesses have core expectations of security capabilities in the devices they select. Therefore, Sprint collaborated with mobile device OEMs and application providers to create the new Sprint Professional Grade designation for select smartphones that offer robust “out of the box” security, device management and Exchange Active Sync capabilities.

“We designed Professional Mobility Services as a portfolio of multi-carrier services that can meet any business customers’ unique needs, from providing a greater level of security and management of devices and applications via the new Sprint Device Management to managing the complexity of cross carrier expenses, deployment, lifecycle, policy management and dedicated support,” said Will Souder, vice president of marketing, Sprint. “Businesses are challenged with managing a wide variety of corporate-liable smartphones and tablets along with allowing employees to use their personal device from any carrier for business purposes. Our comprehensive approach with both Professional Mobility Services and the Professional Grade device designation addresses this challenge by providing businesses the flexibility of choice and capabilities.”

Key offers within the Sprint Professional Mobility Services portfolio include:

• Sprint Device Management benefits businesses that have security and device management requirements that go beyond the standard “out of the box” capabilities provided by basic operating system and application solutions. The new Sprint-billed solutions provide robust device security and management across multiple device types with tools to closely manage Administrator sync settings, alerts for non-compliance, security management, software application or distribution, hardware controls/hardware configuration, advance reporting/analytics and content filtering.

Starting with AirWatch and Zenprise, Sprint is working with industry-recognized leaders in mobile device management and security to support devices across all carriers so customers can deploy and maintain one solution for all of their mobile devices. • For businesses that need a more consultative and complex approach to managing their mobile environment beyond just security, Sprint Mobility Management provides a wide array of services for telecom expense management, procurement/logistics, and troubleshooting across all carriers.

Sprint Professional Mobility Services are available through Sprint’s business sales team, along with a broad portfolio of wireless and converged solutions.

“Businesses are seeking solutions to help manage and secure the growing variety of mobile devices and applications required for their employees,” said Suzanne Hopkins, research analyst, Mobile Services at IDC. “Managed mobility solutions no longer only focus on cost savings and contract management; instead incorporating a mobile device management solution is a key component businesses are considering when choosing a managed mobility provider. By incorporating an MDM focus within their Professional Mobility solution, Sprint acknowledges the varied and growing needs of the mobile business.”

Sprint Professional Grade devices offer “out of the box” advanced security and control

With the new Sprint Professional Grade designation, businesses can be confident that select devices will have password policy support, calendar functions, remote wipe, and other advanced Exchange Active Sync policies. In addition, Device Management will be available from solution providers, such as AirWatch and Zenprise, for Professional Grade devices. Professional Grade devices also will support security features including encryption for data at rest and VPN support for remote connectivity to help keep critical data safe.

The first devices available with the Sprint Professional Grade designation are the Motorola PHOTON™ 4G, Motorola Admiral™ and Samsung Galaxy S™ II Epic 4G™ Touch. Also included will be the recently announced HTC EVO™ 4G LTE (the availability date will be announced later). Additional smartphones will be available this year with the designation across a variety of manufacturers and operating systems. Customers will see the Sprint Professional Grade designation as they search for, research and purchase devices on www.sprint.com/business.

Sprint Mobile Security and Network leadership

Sprint is committed to comprehensively addressing mobile security for businesses and consumers, and to developing and raising awareness of security and protection solutions. In 2011 Sprint launched the Mobile Security Council to bring together key players in the mobile ecosystem to address protection, safety and security needs important to consumers and businesses. Charter members of the council are Lookout, Cisco, IBM, Juniper Networks, Motorola Mobility along with its subsidiary 3LM, and Samsung.

In addition, to ensure that future demand for wireless connectivity will be met, Sprint embarked on a multiyear initiative to provide an enhanced network experience expected to provide faster data speeds and improved voice quality, while creating network flexibility, reducing operating costs and improving environmental sustainability. The program, called Network Vision, involves the deployment of multimode base stations across many of Sprint’s cell sites throughout the country. When deployed, Network Vision is expected to improve coverage outside and inside buildings.

Contact(s):

Sprint
, Stephanie Greenwood, 913-315-1612
, stephanie.greenwood@sprint.com

Surprise Mom with a Sprint Smartphone Loaded with Apps She’ll Love This Mother’s Day

Surprise Mom with a Sprint Smartphone Loaded with Apps She’ll Love This Mother’s Day OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 02, 2012 - Whether she’s celebrating her first Mother’s Day, her kids have moved out of the house, or she’s environmentally conscious or loves taking photographs of her kids, mom is going to love the smartphone and app recommendations offered this Mother’s Day (May 13) by Sprint (NYSE:S), the only national wireless carrier offering truly unlimited data for all phones while on the Sprint Network1.

"Sprint’s diverse device portfolio offers something to fit every mom’s lifestyle – from the tech-savvy to the eco-friendly mom, there is a device and apps to match her personality and keep her busy lifestyle organized," said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “With our affordable rate plans, moms don’t have to worry about data plan overages. They can make the most of their time checking emails, scheduling appointments and browsing the Web, all at a price that makes sense for their family."

New Moms and Pregnant Moms-to-be

Moms with newborn babies are often sleep deprived and overwhelmed, so download apps onto her new phone that will help her do everything from record when her baby eats and sleeps to help lull her baby to sleep with soothing lullabies. Women expecting their first child or adding an addition to the family can benefit from apps that will help them choose a name and keep track of their pregnancy.

Devices include:

• ZTE Fury™ offers something for every mom and is packed full of features for an exceptional value. ZTE Fury is a full-featured Android device with a 3.5-inch capacitive display, 5MP camera with LED flash, 3G mobile hotspot capabilities and comes preloaded with Sprint ID, a unique feature that enables mom to have a fully personalized experience with a few simple clicks. ZTE Fury is ideal for families who want the convenience and connectedness of a smartphone at an accessible price point. It is available through all Sprint sales channels including Sprint 1-800-SPRINT1 and www.sprint.com for just $19.99 with a new two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate via reward card2.

Apps include:

• 50,000 Baby Names Free: Mom can find the perfect name for her son or daughter and view names’ meanings, origin, popularity and more. Free in Google Play™ for Android devices.

• BabyBump Pregnancy Free: A comprehensive pregnancy app that keeps soon-to-be parents informed about their pregnancy progress and enables sharing the experience with family and friends. Includes a pregnancy countdown, daily information about the baby and pregnancy tips, journal and weight tracking. Free in Google Play for Android devices.

• Baby ESP: Mom can keep track of when her baby eats, sleeps or has a dirty diaper. $4.99 in Google Play for Android devices. Free 7-day trial version.

• Sleepy Baby: This app turns mom’s Android phone into a mobile noise maker. She can choose to play lullabies, white noise or nature sounds to soothe her baby to sleep. The app lets her select how long she wants the music/sounds to play and will loop until that time has finished. When she starts the music/sounds, her phone will start a looping animation and will light up a dark room. Free in Google Play for Android devices.

Environmentally Conscious Moms

Mom surely wants to make the planet better for her children – and by choosing an eco-friendly device and green apps, she can do just that. With a No. 3 ranking on Newsweek’s list of the 500 Greenest Companies in the United States, Sprint offers a wide array of green devices. Mom can express her passion for the environment with eco-friendly devices and apps such as these:

Devices include:

• LG Optimus Elite™ keeps mom stylish with eco-friendly attributes, including a casing made of 50 percent recycled plastics and fully recyclable packaging. As the successor to the popular LG Optimus S™, this affordable and highly customizable full-featured smartphone keeps mom organized with Android 2.3, Gingerbread, a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, 800MHz processor, 5MP rear-facing camera and camcorder with flash, virtual QWERTY keyboard and mobile hotspot capability supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices. LG Optimus Elite is available in Titan Silver and White exclusively through 1-800-SPRINT1 and www.sprint.com for just $29.99 with a new two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate via reward card2 (excludes taxes and surcharges).

• LG Viper™ 4G LTE, Sprint’s first 4G LTE device to feature eco-friendly attributes, is the perfect device for the super mom. With eco-friendly features like a charger that exceeds the EC Code of Conduct on energy efficiency when it comes to no-load consumption and fully recyclable packaging, LG Viper 4G LTE lets mom rest easy and know she’s doing her part for the environment. Balancing work and family is a tough task, and LG Viper 4G LTE is the perfect fit to keep a busy mom’s lifestyle organized. LG Viper customers can currently download the “Life’s Good Fairytales” app for FREE. The Life’s Good Fairytale app is a customizable storyboard that allows parents and children to bond over the creation and sharing of unique fairytales via their LG Viper 4G LTE smartphone. LG Viper is available now in all Sprint retail channels, including 1-800-SPRINT1 and www.sprint.com, for just $99.99 with a new two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate via reward card2 (excludes taxes).

Apps include:

• Light Bulb Finder gives mom energy-efficient light bulb recommendations that fit her household and budget. A typical household can save more than $110 in energy bills by replacing the most frequently used bulbs with those that are energy-efficient. This app will detail financial and environmental impact based on the bulb purchased. Bulbs can also be purchased through the app or at local stores. Free in Google Play for Android devices.

• Seasonal Harvest lets mom search by state or use GPS (unlimited for smartphones with a Sprint Everything Data or Simply Everything plan) to locate local farmers markets, outline which produce is in season and search for recipes. Free in Google Play for Android devices.

Photography Loving Moms

Mom can put away her digital camera and lighten her purse while easily capturing her baby’s first smile, son’s first goal or daughter’s ballet recital with her new smartphone’s built-in camera. With free photography apps she can easily edit those photos or add special effects and share special moments instantly with friends and family, right from her phone.

Devices include:

• Galaxy Nexus is great for the tech-savvy mom – it’s built on Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich with 4G LTE capability. Galaxy Nexus has a full-featured 5MP camera with zero shutter lag so snapping several photos is quicker than the blink of an eye, ensuring mom doesn’t miss a moment of her energetic little ones. Mom has enough baggage to carry and Galaxy Nexus helps alleviate her burden with Google Wallet™. Google Wallet turns the smartphone into a wallet using Near Field Communication (NFC) to make safe purchases at more than 100,000 participating retailers. Galaxy Nexus is available in all Sprint retail channels, including 1-800-SPRINT1 and www.sprint.com, for $199.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line of service or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement.

Apps include:

• Instagram: Allows mom to give her photos a vintage feel by applying a number of filters, making them appear as though taken by an old-school Instant Polaroid camera or Lomography lens. She can then share her filtered photos via Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram and other sharing sites. Free in Google Play.

• FxCamera: Lets mom apply a variety of fun, cool effects to her photographs. Effects include ToyCam, Polandroid, Fisheye, SymmetriCam and Warhol. It also has a color filter to make photos mono (black and white), sepia tone or with a negative effect. Free in Google Play.

• Paper Camera: Mom can use the cartoon and painting effects in this app to take truly unique photos of her kids. $1.99 in Google Play.

Mom can enjoy an unlimited data experience with Sprint Everything® Data plans. 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 $79.99 per month for smartphones – a savings of $40 per month vs. Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web, or $10 per month savings vs. Verizon’s 450-minute plan with unlimited text and 2GB Web.

Contact(s):

Sprint, 
Amy Johnsonbaugh, 949-748-3389, 
Amy.Johnsonbaugh@sprint.com


or


Natalie Papaj, 703-592-8412, 
Natalie.Lariviere@sprint.com

New CDMA Base Station Launched by Nokia Siemens Networks #CTIA12

New CDMA Base Station Launched by Nokia Siemens Networks #CTIA12 International CTIA Wireless®, New Orleans, USA – May 2, 2012 –

• Can reduce base station operating costs up to 70%

• 4G upgrade capability underlines commitment to technology evolution

Nokia Siemens Networks is bringing the benefits of its globally recognized Flexi Multiradio Base Station platform* to CDMA** operators. Nokia Siemens Networks is launching its Flexi Multiradio CDMA Base Station at International CTIA Wireless® 2012 next week. The new base station is energy efficient and compact, helping operators to lower costs as well as allowing a smooth migration to LTE. The launch emphasizes the company’s long-term commitment to CDMA by integrating the technology into its wider Flexi base station portfolio.

The new base station offers CDMA operators low total cost of ownership (TCO). Nokia Siemens Networks tests have shown that, compared to earlier generations of base stations, the new product can reduce base station operating costs by up to 70%. By sharply reducing power consumption, the Flexi Multiradio CDMA Base Station cuts both running costs and the need for power-hungry air conditioning. The compact size of the new base station minimizes site space requirements, decreases rental costs and makes it easier to deploy in indoor and outdoor locations.

”We’ve integrated our acquired CDMA capabilities into the industry-leading Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Multiradio Base Station portfolio, focusing on customers’ on-going needs. To achieve this, we have invested significant R&D resources to create flexible future options for CDMA operators including multi-technology capabilities,” said Scott Mottonen, head of the CDMA/LTE business line, Nokia Siemens Networks. “CDMA continues to represent a significant and growing opportunity in many markets. In particular, recent advances in CDMA technologies and the availability of a wide range of terminals have enhanced capabilities to meet subscriber expectations for advanced services. CDMA operators now have the opportunity to deploy solutions with a consistent approach and format.”

Using the common Flexi Multiradio Base Station format makes the integration of CDMA into multi-technology sites straightforward, which is especially important given the ongoing adoption of LTE. The base station provides some of the latest CDMA 1X Advanced*** (voice) and EV-DO**** (data) capabilities, as well as flexibility and scalability to meet future demands. With this base station, operators can be assured that their CDMA investments are protected as they transition towards LTE.

The Flexi Multiradio CDMA Base Station is backed by Nokia Siemens Networks’ global experts and complete portfolio of services including consultancy, design and planning, systems integration, deployment, optimization, maintenance, and managed services.

The Flexi Multiradio CDMA Base Station will be available for commercial deployments in the 800MHz and 1900MHz frequency bands by the end of 2012, with additional frequency bands provided based on market demand.

A demonstration of the new base station can be seen at the Nokia Siemens Networks stand (Booth # 3701, Hall D) at International CTIA Wireless® 2012.

To share your thoughts on the topic, join the discussion on Twitter using #CTIA12, #CDMA and #mobilebroadband.

Media Enquiries

Nokia Siemens Networks, Carol DeMatteo, External Communications, North America, Phone: +1 214 728 6197, E-mail: carol.dematteo@nsn.com

Media Relations, Phone: +358 7140 02869, E-mail: mediarelations@nsn.com

Sprint Earns $2 Billion Contract with Western States Contracting Alliance

Sprint Earns $2 Billion Contract with Western States Contracting Alliance OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 01, 2012 - Sprint announced today that the Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) has awarded Sprint a four-year, $2 billion contract to serve as one of its wireless products and services providers. The contract with WSCA, a national public sector purchasing consortium, represents one of the largest for Sprint in 2012.

The WSCA purchasing consortium is composed of 15 states that have joined together for increased buying power through cooperative multistate contracting. State and local government entities (including public safety, public education, health care and utilities) and authorized non-profit organizations across the country use WSCA’s purchasing capabilities.

“Sprint earned the contract based on its innovative product and solutions portfolio, record of strong customer service, superior value, and pricing flexibility,” said Kevin Kunkel, Sprint regional sales vice president.

WSCA participants will be able to take advantage of the full suite of Sprint wireless products and services, including devices, unlimited data plans, accessories, applications and end-to-end solutions.

“With this new multiyear agreement with WSCA through October 2016, Sprint continues its industry-leading role as a wireless provider in the state and local public sector,” said Gray Sigler, Sprint’s WSCA client executive. “Our intent in this space is to enable government entities across the country to achieve more with fewer resources using mobile solutions.”