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Sprint Continues Nationwide 4G LTE Expansion, Adding Four More Cities to Broaden its Coverage

Sprint Continues Nationwide 4G LTE Expansion, Adding Four More Cities to Broaden its Coverage OVERLAND PARK, Kan., August 29, 2012 - Sprint today introduced its 4G LTE high-speed data network to customers in Baltimore, Md., Gainesville, Ga., Manhattan/Junction City, Kan., and Sedalia, Mo. Additionally, Sprint customers in Baltimore, Boston and Washington, D.C., are beginning to enjoy the benefits of Sprint’s all-new 3G service – which is expected to deliver an exceptionally clear signal, better in-building coverage and fewer dropped/blocked calls.

Sprint was the first national wireless carrier to introduce 4G service in 2008, and today’s 3G/4G network improvements mark another step forward in the company’s overall network strategy, known as Network Vision.

According to a CTIA survey of wireless customers, wireless data traffic increased 123 percent from 2010 to 2011. Network Vision is specifically designed to meet the growing 3G and 4G LTE network demands of wireless subscribers. People want to use their smartphones, tablets and wireless hotspots where they live, work and play.

“Our customers are enjoying new applications and devices that increase the demand for mobile data,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “The network build-out – that today is playing out in four new cities – will provide nothing less than a state-of-the art network platform for the next generation of customers. Customers across the country will begin to experience better 3G service on their devices and will be able to take advantage of 4G LTE on cutting-edge devices as we continue to launch more cities.”

In Baltimore, customers will begin to see 4G LTE signals in the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Federal Hill and Pikesville areas – with more sites being turned on in the days and weeks ahead. With the addition of 4G LTE and the upgrades to 3G service, the Sprint network in these areas can handle more voice and data traffic. Today’s network upgrades are expected to make sending text messages, surfing the Web, sharing photos, and streaming music and videos easier, faster and more reliable.

As consumers all over the country are becoming more dependent on their smartphones, network quality is becoming more important. In addition to Baltimore, Sprint is aggressively improving the 3G experience city by city. Today, customers in Boston and Washington, D.C., should also notice improved 3G cell coverage, reduced roaming and faster data speeds. The work to build Sprint’s all-new network will continue in other markets across the country. Sherman-Dennison, Texas, is expected to see 4G LTE service in the weeks ahead.

In today’s competitive wireless market, the value of unlimited has never been more apparent. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited data, texting and calling to and from any mobile phone in America while on the Sprint network, starting at just $79.99 per month for smartphones (pricing excludes taxes and surcharges).

During the past several years, Sprint has been working hard to deliver the best customer experience. The 2012 American Customer Satisfaction Index ranked Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years. Building an all-new network is the linchpin to make Sprint the company customers want to do business with.

Sprint 4G LTE made its debut in 15 cities on July 15, and the company plans to introduce more markets to the network in 2012. By the end of 2013, Sprint expects to have largely completed the build-out of its all-new 4G LTE and 3G nationwide network. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

Contact(s):

Sprint
, Kathleen Dunleavy, 310-709-3689
, kathleen.dunleavy@sprint.com

Public Mobile Introduces US Data Roaming for Android Smartphones

Public Mobile Introduces US Data Roaming for Android Smartphones TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 24, 2012) - Heading south to the U.S.? Now you can take your smartphone with you without spending a fortune. Public Mobile announced today that affordable and predictable U.S. data roaming has arrived, allowing you to access your email and the internet across the United States.

Public Mobile provides US data roaming at a fraction of the price charged by Canada's "Big Three" telecom providers. Public Mobile's cost of data roaming is $1.50/megabyte of data when the customer is in the roaming area. By comparison, the incumbents charge $5.00 or $6.00/megabyte.

"Good value is important to us, and it's important to our customers," said Alek Krstajic, Chief Executive Officer of Public Mobile. "We are growing with our customers' needs and recognize how important it is for them to have affordable service with predictable costs when they travel in the U.S.," added Krstajic.

Public Mobile's data roaming coverage allows customers to use their Android smartphones for talk, text and data outside of their unlimited coverage area. Every customer is assigned a wallet into which they can deposit money so that they personally maintain control over how much they spend on roaming each month.

Need to make a phone call or send a text? No problem. No other Canadian cell phone company offers lower talk and text roaming rates. Public Mobile's U.S. roaming rates are just 15-cents a minute to send or receive a call. And incoming texts are free and outgoing texts are 15-cents.

Contact Information:

For press inquiries:


Public Mobile
, Lisa Papas
, Director, Corporate Communications
, 416-710-4432, 
lisa@publicmobile.ca

U.S. Cellular Launches Next 4G LTE Smartphone: Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G

U.S. Cellular Launches Next 4G LTE Smartphone: Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G CHICAGO (August 22, 2012) – U.S. Cellular and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile), have announced that the Samsung®Galaxy Metrix™4G is available online today at uscellular.com and will be available in stores on Friday, August 24. The Android™powered smartphone runs on the 4G LTE™ network, with speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. The Galaxy Metrix 4G sells for $179.00 after a $100 mail-in rebate and $129.00 after a $100 mail-in rebate in markets where 4G LTE service is currently available and will be available by the end of 2012. Visit uscellular.com for detailed pricing.

The Galaxy Metrix 4G has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard to get your message out quickly and a front-facing camera for easy video chatting. The 4.0-inch touchscreen allows you to clearly view movies and video games and use the Internet on-the-go. You also have access to Google Play™, a one-stop shop for Android users to access nearly half a million apps, millions of songs and books, and thousands of movies.

"We are excited to offer our latest 4G LTE smartphone for our customers to help them get more done in less time," said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. "The large touchscreen and popular QWERTY keyboard for fast typing make the Galaxy Metrix 4G the go-to device for customers who depend on their smartphone to keep up with their busy schedules."

Highlighted features: • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard

• 1 GHz processor

• 4.0-inch touchscreen

• 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and camcorder

• Front-facing camera

The Galaxy Metrix 4G will be available to all U.S. Cellular customers and will run 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 covering 31 percent of their customers in select cities in Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin. Later 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, 58 percent of U.S. Cellular customers will enjoy faster 4G LTE speeds. For more information about the 4G LTE experience, visit uscellular.com/4G.

The Galaxy Metrix 4G will be available for $179.00 after a $100 mail-in rebate. It will be available for $129.00 after a $100 mail-in rebate in markets where 4G service is available today or will be available by the end of 2012. 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.

Samsung, Galaxy and Metrix are trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Other company names, product names and marks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners and may be trademarks or registered trademarks. 4G used in connection with the Samsung Galaxy Metrix refers to the fact that it is capable of operating on U.S. Cellular's 4G network.

For more information, contact:

Laura Lualhati, U.S. Cellular, 773-399-4849, laura.lualhati@uscellular.com

Sprint Makes Collaboration and Mobility Easier for Businesses with Microsoft Office 365 and Productivity Suites

Sprint Makes Collaboration and Mobility Easier for Businesses with Microsoft Office 365 and Productivity Suites OVERLAND PARK, Kan., August 20, 2012 - Providing collaboration and mobility tools across a diverse workforce efficiently and affordably has never been easier. Today cloud-enabled Microsoft Office 365 offered by Sprint is available for small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs). Sprint also has launched Productivity Suites that bundle enterprise-class communication, collaboration, security, and storage tools with ongoing IT support, offering businesses a comprehensive solution so their employees can collaborate and be more productive while in the office and on the go.

Sprint simplifies the purchase, early life, and ongoing support processes with its unique premium Carefree Cloud, “white glove” migration and onboarding assistance, along with online support resources and a user friendly portal to manage the services. Carefree Cloud is available with all Office 365 plans offered by Sprint at no additional charge (when used within the first 90 days of purchase) so companies have the flexibility to receive the level of migration and ongoing support they need. Tech-savvy customers can use the “Migration 1 2 3” self-serve tool to transition to the new solutions on their own, should they choose. For customers who may not have access to IT help, Sprint can provide them with “white glove” step-by-step assistance to walk them through the migration of all applications and users to Office 365 including end-to-end setup on all devices.

With plans starting at just $6 per user per month, businesses will enjoy predictable monthly costs with no up-front infrastructure expense, pay-as-you-go plans and savings by bundling all of the necessary tools … as well as a single bill and single point-of-contact for all Sprint-bundled services (pricing excludes taxes and surcharges).

Sprint offers a variety of plans to meet the needs of businesses, including those with the core capabilities of Office 365 such as:

• Office 365 Professional, which includes access to Exchange, SharePoint, Lync Online, and Office Web applications. • Office 365 Enterprise includes the items above plus the additional features of Active Directory synchronization, archiving capabilities and IT policy management. • Office 365 Enterprise Plus adds a subscription to Office Professional Plus 2010 desktop for up to five devices, and unlimited storage for email and archiving.

In addition, Productivity Suites from Sprint build on the features of Office 365 by adding extended technical support through IT Helpdesk from Sprint to keep a business up and running without the expense of a dedicated IT staff or outsourced consultant. The specifics of these plans include:

• The Productivity Suite adds IT Helpdesk to the Office 365 Professional plan. IT Helpdesk includes unlimited 24/7 remote and onsite technical support for operating system issues, software support and installation, and hardware diagnostics and troubleshooting, including most peripherals and mobile devices. It also includes a financially-backed service guarantee, computer protection software and unlimited secure online data backup. • For businesses that need even more, Productivity Suite Plus provides all of the features of the Office 365 Enterprise Plus plan bundled with IT Helpdesk (as detailed above).

“With Sprint’s focus on expanding our Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) portfolio, our productivity suites were designed to help companies boost productivity and cost savings, allowing employees to make the most of cloud-based collaboration and communication tools with seamless mobile integration for anytime, virtually anywhere access from nearly any device,” said John Dupree, senior vice president of business sales, Sprint. “It is all backed by our dependable and continually improving networks and the scalability to give businesses the flexibility needed to grow. Not to mention Sprint is the only national wireless carrier to offer truly unlimited data with no throttling for smartphones while on the Sprint network.”

Bringing Office 365 to market quickly required close collaboration with Parallels and the deployment of its service delivery system, Parallels Automation. This comprehensive solution enables many of the features and use cases that differentiate Sprint’s productivity suites in the marketplace.

“The complexity involved in migrating from one solution to another is a key barrier to wider adoption of cloud services. Sprint’s Carefree Cloud service and IT Helpdesk offerings make it easier for businesses to switch over to cloud-based Office 365,” said Melanie Posey, research vice president, IDC. “On-going technical support for Office 365, combined with IT Helpdesk options that meet specific needs, provide SMBs with flexible, cost-effective SaaS and IT support options that may have otherwise been out of reach.”

For more information and to view a video about Sprint’s offer with Microsoft Office 365 and productivity suites, visit www.sprint.com/office365.

This collaboration builds upon the expanding portfolio of cloud-based solutions that Sprint has been focused on launching this year. This portfolio includes Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) planned for launch in late 2012 and Sprint Complete Collaboration, a Unified-Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) solution launched earlier this year. Sprint also is delivering an innovative private-label cloud services platform to wholesale customers today, enabling them to quickly deliver simple and affordable brand-name software services to SMBs.

Contact(s):

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

Kyocera Rise Brings Affordable QWERTY with Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, to Sprint and Virgin Mobile USA

Kyocera Rise Brings Affordable QWERTY with Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, to Sprint and Virgin Mobile USA OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & SAN DIEGO, August 15, 2012 - Sprint and Kyocera Communications, Inc. today announced the launch of Kyocera Rise, an Android™ smartphone with a full QWERTY slide-out keypad and high-resolution touchscreen display. Kyocera Rise offers feature-phone loyalists the ability to easily move up to a smartphone without losing their tactile keyboard or spending a lot of money.

Equipped with Android 4.0 operating system, Ice Cream Sandwich, Kyocera Rise will be available in all Sprint retail channels, including Web Sales (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) beginning Sunday, Aug. 19, for $19.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a new line of service or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. It will be available without a contract at www.virginmobileusa.com beginning Friday, Aug. 31, for $99.99. (Pricing excludes taxes.)

“Kyocera Rise brings customers the comfort of an easy-to-use Android smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard,” said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. "It is a great option for customers who are new to smartphones, parents looking for the perfect first device for their teens and tweens or anyone looking for a device with an impressive set of features at a great price. This is a perfect addition to round out our Android portfolio.”

A survey by industry analyst firm Yankee Group earlier this year revealed that 69 percent of consumers called a QWERTY keypad a “must have” or “nice to have” feature on their mobile devices. Kyocera Rise combines that feature with a 3.5-inch IPS LCD touchscreen display for easy navigation, Web browsing and stunning displays of pictures and video.

“There’s a significant population of underserved consumers out there for whom a touchscreen simply isn’t enough,” said Eric Anderson, senior vice president and general manager-Global Sales and Marketing, Kyocera Communications Inc. “For these people, keys are a vital feature. Along with smartphone users who love their keys, approximately half of mobile users still have feature phones with keypads, so they’re comfortable using keys. Kyocera Rise has all the features you’d want in a smartphone in an attractive and affordable 3G device that will appeal to those underserved consumers.”

Kyocera Rise features a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive 480x320 IPS LCD touchscreen display and Swype for rapid text entry. Its 1,500mAh Lithium-ion battery ensures long periods of use between charges and provides more than 8.5 hours of talk time. Additional features include:

• Google Play™ with access to hundreds of thousands of apps• 1GHz MSM8655 Qualcomm Snapdragon® processor for fast access to apps and Web surfing• 3.2-megapixel camera with an LED flash and 30 frame-per-second camcorder• Kyocera’s “Eco Mode” software to better monitor and conserve battery power• microSD™ memory card support up to 32GB• Dedicated capacitive menu button for easy access to application-specific features• Sprint ID, offering an innovative way to personalize Android smartphones with apps, widgets, wallpapers, ringtones and more• In addition to Sprint’s nationwide 3G network, Kyocera Rise connects over Wi-Fi (b/g/n) networks, supports Stereo Bluetooth® (2.1 + EDR) wireless technology and includes a high-speed USB 2.0 port

Kyocera Rise 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 $20 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web (excludes taxes and surcharges).

Consumers looking for a commitment-free option can pair the Kyocera Rise with Virgin Mobile’s Beyond Talk unlimited data and messaging plans that start at $35 per month for 300 minutes of voice and include unlimited messaging and data. For those looking for a bit more talk time, the $45 plan offers 1,200 minutes of voice and the $55 plan offers unlimited voice each month. All plans include unlimited messaging and data (plans include 2.5GB of full-speed data).1

In addition, Sprint is deploying Network Vision – an all-new network from Sprint that offers enhanced 3G service – with a stronger wireless signal, faster download speeds, expanded coverage and better in-building performance – and 4G LTE, with faster data applications. Sprint rolled out 4G LTE to millions of people in 15 cities on July 15 and plans to introduce more markets to the network in 2012. By the end of 2013, Sprint expects to have largely completed the build out of its all-new 4G LTE nationwide network – with an enhanced 3G network – covering 250 million people across the United States. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

Contact(s):

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


or


Kyocera Communications Inc.
, John Chier, 858-882-3543,
John.Chier@Kyocera.com

Calling All QWERTY Fans! Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE from Sprint Available Aug. 19 for $199.99; Pre-Order Begins Today

Calling All QWERTY Fans! Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE from Sprint Available Aug. 19 for $199.99; Pre-Order Begins Today OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & LIBERTYVILLE, Ill., August 13, 2012 - Offering a device packed with features to provide the ideal work-life balance, Sprint, the only national wireless carrier offering truly unlimited data for all phones while on the Sprint network1, today announced the Sunday, Aug. 19, availability of the first 4G LTE-enabled smartphone from Sprint with a full QWERTY keyboard and international roaming capabilities, Motorola PHOTON™ Q™ 4G LTE. Motorola PHOTON Q will cost $199.99 (excludes taxes) with a new line of service or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement.

Motorola PHOTON Q will be available for pre-order beginning today at www.sprint.com/photonq. Customers who pre-order Motorola PHOTON Q will begin receiving their smartphone as early as two days before the device goes on sale – while supplies last.

“At Sprint, we recognize there is a large group of our customers that love the ease of a physical QWERTY keyboard,” said David Owens, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “By bringing a device like Motorola PHOTON Q into our portfolio, we are able to give these customers the option of a physical keyboard plus international roaming capabilities to stay connected while traveling abroad.”

Motorola PHOTON Q features a slide out PC-like QWERTY keyboard for double-thumb efficiency. Each laser-cut key is outlined in LED lights so users can see what they’re doing, even in the dark. It also has a dedicated number row for maximum typing efficiency and accuracy.

Combined with a large 4.3-inch ColorBoost™ display, Motorola PHOTON Q offers the largest screen currently available on a 4G LTE smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard. Its 8-megapiexal rear-facing camera with 1080p capture and playback along with an HD front-facing camera produce a high-quality multimedia experience that provides the perfect blend of business and pleasure with blazing speed on the Sprint 4G LTE network2.

Additional key features on Motorola PHOTON Q include:

• 1.5GHz dual-core processor

• Android™ 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich

• ULE Platinum Certification, the highest level of environmental performance recognized by sustainable requirements established by UL Environment and Sprint

• SMARTACTIONS™, the free Motorola app that helps extend battery life and intelligently automates routine, everyday tasks so that smartphones can do more for consumers

• Mirror mode when connected with HDMI cable (sold separately) to view images, files and movies on a larger screen, like your TV at home

• Sprint ID, offering an innovative way to personalize an Android-powered smartphone with apps, widgets, ringtones and more all, in a single download

• NFC support to share links, apps, YouTube™ clips and more with Android Beam™

• Sprint Professional Grade designation making it business ready with full corporate security, including remote wipe, pin lock and data encryption

Motorola PHOTON Q 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 $20 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB web (excludes taxes and surcharges).

Customers across the country are beginning to benefit from Network Vision – an all-new network from Sprint, which offers enhanced 3G service – with a stronger wireless signal, faster data speeds, expanded coverage and better in-building performance – and 4G LTE, with faster data speeds for data applications.

On July 15, Sprint launched 4G LTE in 15 cities, including Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Atlanta, Kansas City and Waco, Texas. Sprint recently announced that it expects four more cities to soon experience the speed and power of its all-new 4G LTE network. As the first national wireless carrier to introduce 4G service in 2008, Sprint expects to bring 4G LTE to the following cities before Labor Day:

• Baltimore, Md.

• Gainesville, Ga.

• Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.

• Sherman-Denison, Texas

For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

Contact(s):

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

FEMA Chooses Sprint Direct Connect – Sprint’s Gold Standard Push to Talk Service -- For Nationwide Mass Evacuation Program

FEMA Chooses Sprint Direct Connect – Sprint’s Gold Standard Push to Talk Service -- For Nationwide Mass Evacuation Program OVERLAND PARK, Kan., August 10, 2012 - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has selected Sprint to provide 2,000 Sprint® Direct Connect® handsets equipped with an Actsoft GPS tracking and navigation solution to support FEMA’s nationwide Mass Evacuation Program.

Sprint has assisted FEMA with the evacuation program since 2008; this year, FEMA chose to upgrade its fleet of push to talk devices to Sprint Direct Connect – the new gold standard in push to talk service.

With the addition of roaming and 1xRTT service, Sprint Direct Connect covers triple the square miles of the legacy Nextel National Network Sprint Direct Connect also has international reach and a portfolio of rugged devices with instant call set up times.

FEMA will use Sprint Direct Connect to send and receive critical information to first responders in times of national emergencies. Sprint Direct Connect also will serve a key role in updating FEMA coordinators on events and engaging help at the nation’s most critical times.

FEMA personnel will utilize the ruggedized, military-specification, Kyocera Duracore Plus equipped with the Actsoft Comet Tracker Application. Sprint will also provide integrated project management services to ensure that the agency meets all timeframes and deployment requirements and that all required services are available on demand during this year’s Hurricane Season.

“We are extremely proud of our partnership with FEMA on this critical program. Sprint Direct Connect represents the new gold standard in push to talk -- an upgraded and dependable service required for FEMA’s mission critical, mass emergency situations,” said Carolyn Rehling, vice president, Federal Programs at Sprint. “Supporting the emergency response community is a part of our DNA. We’ve served as FEMA’s partner at emergency deployments of all types across the U.S. Sprint Direct Connect further enhances our ability to aid in their mission.”

About Sprint Direct Connect

Sprint Direct is a key component of Sprint’s Network Vision upgrade -- a nationwide network update using the newest, most-advanced equipment in the industry. Sprint Direct Connect is a next generation network capability that Sprint plans to consolidate into one seamless network with the goal of increasing efficiency and enhancing network coverage, call quality and data speeds for customers.

Sprint Direct Connect features a portfolio of push-to-talk services that allow individuals and groups to get more done – quickly and easily with just the push of a button. Among the initial Sprint Direct Connect services:

• Direct Connect – Instant, one-to-one push-to-talk calling nationwide on the Sprint network, with any other Direct Connect subscriber. Direct Connect is the core push-to-talk feature and is designed for interoperability across Sprint and Nextel network platforms.

• Guaranteed Talk Permit – The assurance that when you hear the push-to-talk “chirp,” your call was successfully transmitted.

• Call Alert with Text – Send an audio alert with an optional text message to let another Direct Connect subscriber know you are trying to reach them, and why.

• Group Connect® – Communicate with up to 20 other Sprint Direct Connect subscribers all at once – nationwide, at the push of one button.

• TeamDCSM – Communicate with up to 200 other Sprint Direct Connect subscribers at the same time nationwide.

• NextMail® – Send a recorded message to any email worldwide or mobile handset via text message by using the Direct Connect button.

• Availability Notification – Request the availability status of another push-to-talk member and, if they are busy, request a notification when they are free.

• One-Touch Direct Connect – Allows quick access to multiple Direct Connect options.

Contact(s):

Sprint, 
Mark Bonavia, 913-269-0436
, mark.bonavia@sprint.com

Motorola Electrify™ 2 And Defy™ XT Launch on U.S. Cellular

Motorola Electrify™ 2 And Defy™ XT Launch on U.S. Cellular CHICAGO (August 1, 2012) – U.S. Cellular and Motorola Mobility today announced two new Android™-powered smartphones to the carrier's lineup. Motorola ELECTRIFY™ 2, the next generation of the popular ELECTRIFY that runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, will be available online on August 1 and in stores on August 2. Additionally, Motorola DEFY XT will be available online and in stores on August 3. Visit uscellular.com for detailed pricing and visit motorola.com for additional product details.

The Motorola ELECTRIFY 2 and DEFY XT through U.S. Cellular come with the carrier's unique user benefits, including faster phone upgrades without re-signing contracts and the only points-based rewards program in the industry. Both smartphones will run on U.S. Cellular's high-speed nationwide network, which has the highest call quality and network satisfaction of any national carrier.

"Customers who purchase Motorola ELECTRIFY 2 or DEFY XT will not only enjoy a new cutting-edge Android-powered smartphone, but will also get the best customer experience," said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. "A mobile phone should make life simpler and easier to get things done and U.S. Cellular believes the customer relationship with their wireless carrier should be the same."

With a slim 8.4 millimeter design, Motorola ELECTRIFY 2 is ultra sleek, made Kevlar® strong and features an invisible splash-guard coating to protect from spills. The 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 4.3-inch ColorBoost™ display make ELECTRIFY 2 a multimedia powerhouse, perfect for gaming, movie watching, and web surfing. Great for capturing photos and videos, the ELECTRIFY 2 features a rear-facing 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and a 1080p HD camcorder. It's also the first U.S. Cellular device to include SMARTACTIONS™, the free Motorola app that can help extend battery life as well as intelligently automate routine, everyday tasks and suggest ways to personalize your phone to make your life easier.

Motorola DEFY XT is perfect for customers looking for the features and functionality of an Android-powered smartphone with a durable design. Water-resistant, dustproof and with a scratch-resistant 3.7-inch touchscreen, DEFY XT is ready to take on everyday scrapes and spills. Not only strong and sturdy, it's also a great device for keeping connected with friends and family with a 5 megapixel camera and a front facing webcam for video chats. Stay entertained with access to more than 600,000 apps and games on Google Play™, as well as millions of books and songs and thousands of movies and TV shows. Also, the customizable activity dashboards offer additional functionality with access to an integrated compass, pedometer, music player, and weather.

"Motorola is excited to bring the next evolution of ELECTRIFY to U.S. Cellular customers and Motorola ELECTRIFY 2 is ideal for those who crave premium features," said Jeff Miller, corporate vice president, North America Go-to-Market, Motorola Mobility. "Motorola DEFY XT packs innovative specs into a resilient design that can withstand whatever life throws your way. These two products provide unique experiences and give consumers choice."

For more information about all of U.S. Cellular's devices and plans, visit any U.S. Cellular store, go to uscellular.com or check out U.S. Cellular on Facebook.

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.

For more information, contact:

Kelly Harfoot, U.S. Cellular, 773.355.3697, kelly.harfoot@uscellular.com

Kristine Mulford, Motorola, 224-321-2995, kristine.mulford@motorola.com

Cricket Introduces the Huawei Ascend Q

Cricket Introduces the Huawei Ascend Q SAN DIEGO, Aug. 1, 2012 -- Cricket Communications, a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc., today announced its newest Muve Music enabled smartphone, the Ascend Q from Huawei. The Ascend Q is the first Android smartphone introduced by Cricket offering both a bar configured QWERTY keypad and a 3.2" HVGA capacitive touch display. The new Ascend Q is powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), an 800 MHz processor, 1500mAh battery and includes features such as a 3.2MP camera/camcorder, Wi-Fi and hotspot capable, 3G real web browsing, and comes equipped with a 4GB microSD card (3GB for Muve Music).

"Cricket customers enjoy variety and features that empower them to stay socially connected. The Huawei Ascend Q smartphone is an exciting addition to our growing value-driven smartphone device lineup," said Matt Stoiber, senior vice president, devices for Cricket. "Our customers will love how this device truly enhances the data input and Muve Music listening experience with both a Qwerty and touchscreen keyboard and DTS audio technology."

At a suggested retail price of $139.99, the Huawei Ascend Q is available in Cricket stores now. The Huawei Ascend Q is available with a $55 a month Cricket rate plan with unlimited talk, text and data and no monthly contract or Cricket's Muve Music rate plan for $65 a month with unlimited talk, text, data plus music. Cricket's rate plans feature all-inclusive pricing with no service fees and no overage charges. For customers, that means a predictable monthly bill regardless of increasing usage offered at a price point that fits into a value conscious budget. The Ascend Q also provides added security with the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), a network designed to disseminate emergency alerts to mobile devices via SMS messaging to their phone.

With Muve Music's unlimited nationwide talk, text, and data plus music plan, customers will never pay per song, and no contracts are required. Muve Music subscribers have unlimited downloads of their favorite music and exclusive access to artist commentary, music and video through Muve Music's monthly artist programs. To amplify the Muve Music experience, the Ascend Q includes DTS enhanced high definition audio sound that delivers a fuller, more balanced audio experience, Stereo Bluetooth to connect to your Bluetooth speaker system or 3.5mm headset jack.

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