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ZTE Engage Smartphone to be Exclusively Available at Cricket

ZTE Engage Smartphone to be Exclusively Available at Cricket SAN DIEGO, Sept. 27, 2012 -- Cricket Communications, Inc. and ZTE, today announced the upcoming availability of the ZTE Engage. The Engage will be available at Cricket company-owned stores, dealers and www.mycricket.com beginning Tuesday, October 2, 2012.

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The ZTE Engage is a full-featured, multimedia powerhouse based on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), equipped with a 4.0" capacitive touchscreen, a 1.4GHz CPU and an 8.0 megapixel camera with LED flash. With Android 4.0, Cricket customers will benefit from a range of improved features that offer an exceptional, interactive experience – from multitasking, customizable home screens to Swype predictive text. The ZTE Engage also features Cricket's innovative Muve Music service. Muve Music subscribers have access to unlimited downloads of their favorite music and access to exclusive artist commentary, music and video through Muve Music's Muve First and Muve Headliner featured artist programs. With millions of songs at their fingertips, customers will never pay per song and no contracts are required.

"The ZTE Engage is an exciting smartphone with enhanced functionality from Android 4.0 OS and will be available with Cricket's new value-rich no-contract smartphone service plans," said Matt Stoiber, senior vice president of devices for Cricket. "Impressive at any price, the ZTE Engage will be a WOW device for Cricket customers and is a great new addition to the higher-end smartphone line-up that Cricket is turning on this year."

The ZTE Engage features:

• 4.0" WVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen

• Qualcomm MSM8655T Scorpion – 1.4GHz

• Dual-Facing Cameras: Rear (8.0MP) w/LED Flash & Front (VGA)

• MUVE Music Ready with 4GB Muve Music SD Card included

• Removable MicroSD Memory Card (up to 32GB)

• Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

• Lithium Ion 1900 mAh battery

Pricing and Availability:

The ZTE Engage will be available at Cricket company-owned stores, dealers and at www.mycricket.com beginning Tuesday, October 2, 2012 for $249.99 (MSRP). Customers can choose from three Cricket no-contract smartphone plans for the ZTE Engage. The rate plans start at $50 for unlimited talk, text and 3G data plus 1GB of full-speed data per month. The $60 smartphone plan contains 2.5GB of full-speed data per month and the $70 smartphone plan offers 5GB of full-speed data per month. Both the $60 and $70 plans include the ability for customers to tether their device to power additional wireless devices.

For more information about Cricket's dynamic service and newest device lineup, visit www.mycricket.com. To follow Cricket's recent news and updates online, visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/cricketwireless and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/cricketnation.

For further information:

Greg Lund, Cricket Communications, +1-858-882-9238, glund@cricketcommunications.com;

Karin Xie, ZTE USA, +1-212-880-5294, Karin.Xie@ogilvy.com

MTS Customers First to Experience the Benefits of 4G LTE Wireless Technology in Manitoba

MTS Customers First to Experience the Benefits of 4G LTE Wireless Technology in Manitoba WINNIPEG, MB, September 25, 2012 – MTS is proud to be the first to offer Manitobans Long Term Evolution (LTE) Wireless technology. LTE is known as the gold standard in wireless technologies and recognized as the world’s fastest mobile network. Since the end of August, customers on MTS’s 4G LTE Wireless Network have been enjoying even faster speeds while surfing the Internet, downloading content and streaming videos and music.

“We continue to invest in bringing Manitobans the most advanced technology the industry has to offer,” said MTS President Kelvin Shepherd. “We are pleased with the performance of our new network, and with its deployment, MTS continues to offer the best overall wireless data experience to more Manitobans than any other provider in Manitoba.”

MTS’s 4G LTE Wireless Network is currently available in Winnipeg and Brandon and complements its 4G HSPA+ Wireless services. MTS plans to expand its new network to more communities across Manitoba in 2013. Customers who do not reside in a 4G LTE coverage area are still able to take advantage of MTS’s new 4G LTE wireless devices on the current 4G HSPA+ wireless network.

Please visit www.mts.ca/4glte to learn more about MTS’s new 4G LTE Wireless Network and see the MTS LTE devices offered. MTS will continue to expand its handset line-up as new LTE-enabled devices become available.

For further information:

Media:

Chelsea Ross, Corporate Communications, (204) 958-1848, media.relations@mtsallstream.com

Investors:

Paul Peters, Investor Relations, (204) 941-6178, investor.relations@mtsallstream.com

Globe Long Term Evolution (LTE) Launch

Globe Long Term Evolution (LTE) Launch September 24, 2012 - Philippine 4G pioneer Globe Telecom announces its fourth generation Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) network for broadband and mobile. In September, Globe launches its 4G LTE network covering 45 sites in Makati City, and will quickly expand to cover regions across Manila, Cebu, Davao and select regions.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Yoly C. Crisanto, Head, Corporate Communications, Globe Telecom, Inc., Tel. No. (02) 730-2627, Email address: globe.corpcomm@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/globeph

Twitter: @talk2GLOBE

Truly Unlimited Sprint 4G LTE Blazes into More Cities - Brings Power, Simplicity and Value

Truly Unlimited Sprint 4G LTE Blazes into More Cities - Brings Power, Simplicity and Value OVERLAND PARK, Kan., September 24, 2012 - Sprint today announced availability of 4G LTE to customers in Lawrence, Kan.; Topeka, Kan.; Wichita, Kan.; Waukegan-Lake County, Ill.; and Barnstable-Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass. Sprint’s wireless customers in these metro areas will benefit from the speed, value and simplicity of the Sprint 4G LTE experience. Through its exceptional selection of smartphones and a Truly UnlimitedSM data plan, Sprint offers an unbeatable package for wireless users.

“In addition to the 19 cities we have already launched, we recently announced that Sprint 4G LTE will be available in more than 100 cities in the coming months,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “Today’s news moves us even further toward achieving that goal. We strive to deliver a top-notch network experience combined with winning devices and unlimited nationwide data plans – all of which are designed to support the ways our customers use their mobile devices today and tomorrow.”

A strong, robust wireless network is increasingly important as wireless users want to access emails quickly, upload photos/videos to friends and family, and routinely check in with social networks – all on their smartphone. Keeping up with current wireless data usage and looking into the future, Sprint is building an all-new 3G and 4G LTE network as part of a strategy known as Network Vision. This network build-out is expected to improve all aspects of the wireless experience for customers.

Today, some customers in parts of Chicago, Los Angeles and New York are experiencing better 3G service thanks to the start of the Network Vision program in those areas. Additionally, customers in areas of Baltimore, Boston and Washington, D.C., have been enjoying enhanced 3G performance. As Network Vision continues to rollout across the country, Sprint customers will see significant improvement in their 3G network experience, including expanded coverage, improved network reliability, better voice quality, and faster 3G data speeds.

Sprint understands the value of a Truly Unlimited experience. Sprint offers a portfolio of 4G LTE-capable devices, which includes powerhouse smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy S® III, Motorola PHOTON™ Q™ 4G LTE and the new iPhone™ 5. Customers can sign up for an Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM, which 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 value Truly Unlimited data, because it’s simple and straightforward – no metering, no throttling or overages, and no need to share minutes or data, all while on the Sprint network.

Additionally, 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.

With today’s announcement, Sprint 4G LTE is available in 24 citiesi and is expected to be in more than 100 additional cities in coming months. Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and expects to have largely completed the nationwide build-out by the end of 2013. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

Contact(s):

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

Samsung GALAXY Note II Combines the Creativity of a Tablet and Productivity of a Smartphone with Truly Unlimited Data and 4G LTE from Sprint

Samsung GALAXY Note II Combines the Creativity of a Tablet and Productivity of a Smartphone with Truly Unlimited Data and 4G LTE from Sprint OVERLAND PARK, Kan., September 19, 2012 - Sprint, the only national carrier with Truly Unlimited 4G LTE data, text and calling to any mobile, is gearing up to offer Samsung GALAXY Note® II. This innovative device will be available on the Sprint 4G LTE network (available in select markets) this fall in two color options – Marble White or Titanium Gray. Pricing and the availability date will be provided later.

Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) – the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States1, GALAXY Note II will boast several firsts for Sprint – first to launch with Android™ 4.1, Jelly Bean; first smartphone display larger than 5 inches; and first device to launch with a quad-core processor.

“We are very excited to bring this unique and innovative device into the Sprint lineup with the benefit of Sprint’s Truly Unlimited data plans,” said Fared Adib, Sprint vice president-Product Development. “Sprint’s unlimited data plans are the perfect match for GALAXY Note II because our customers can enjoy the huge screen, fast LTE support and other creative features without worrying about costly overages or sharing data.”

With the latest HD Super AMOLED™ screen technology powering the device’s 5.5-inch 720p display, images are bigger, clearer and brighter than ever. Performance and power are built-in on GALAXY Note II, thanks to Samsung’s Exynos™ 1.6GHz quad-core processor, a long-lasting battery and blazing fast 4G/LTE network speeds.

Clever and Unique Features

GALAXY Note II comes with a new, built-in S Pen™ that is longer, thicker and ergonomically designed for the perfect grip. Its advanced features also provide enhanced capabilities to capture ideas and inspirations instantly and to combine handwriting with any digital content directly on the screen.

Selecting and cropping text, images or other content on GALAXY Note II with the S Pen is very similar to a traditional “click-mouse” experience. When the S Pen’s side button is pressed down, users can draw precise lines around the content to be cropped out, highlighted or copied into another application.

With Air View, users can hover the S Pen over an email, image gallery, or video to preview the content without having to open it. This feature also enables users to launch a pop-up web browser or access an enlarged preview of website content without opening the full site.

The Easy Clip feature allows users to instantly outline and crop any content on the screen in any shape to save, share or paste. Once done cropping the image, users can freely edit the cropped content through coloring, shading or their own personal handwriting.

GALAXY Note II features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera with HD video recording. The camera’s powerful features include Buddy Photo Share, Burst Shot and Best Photo that were introduced on GALAXY S III earlier in June. Additional features include:

• Popup Note extends the concept of Popup Play letting users open an S Note instantly as a pop-up window anywhere on the screen.

• Quick Command, a new gesture pad feature, lets users quickly activate frequently used apps with the S Pen. The command pad appears when a user just swipes upward on the screen with the S Pen button pressed. Users can quickly send an email, make a call or search a location as they draw preregistered marks on the command pad or register a unique mark to allow for quick and easy access.

• Best Faces camera function allows users to choose the most preferred face or pose of each person from group portrait photos. Users can also personalize photos by leaving handwritten notes on the backside of a photo using the S Pen. Handwritten Photo Notes can be shared with others in jpg format.

• Screen Recorder allows users to share their experiences with others quickly and easily.

• S Beam allows users to tap the back of GALAXY Note II against another S-Beam-enabled device to share large video files and documents via NFC and Wi-Fi Direct™ without using data service.

• Share Shot seamlessly shares pictures taken with GALAXY Note II’s 8- megapixel camera to other phones from up to 200 feet away.

• Idea Sketch allows users to easily add illustrations by handwriting keywords on the S Note.

• Sprint Professional Grade and Samsung SAFE to help ensure that businesses have the security and control they require to protect the enterprise.

• Long-lasting 3,100mAh battery.

• 16GB internal memory (ROM) and 2GB (RAM) microSD™ card slot supporting up to 64GB.

• International voice and data capable with GSM/UMTS/CDMA networks.

Enjoy Data Without Limits

GALAXY Note II requires activation on one of the Sprint Everything Data plans starting at just $79.99 per month (taxes and fees excluded) with Truly Unlimited data, text and calling to any mobile. No throttling, no metering and no overages, all while on the Sprint network. With Sprint’s Everything Data and other plans that include Truly Unlimited data, Sprint is continuing its history of data leadership by making it easy for its customers to use data in all the ways that are useful to them, such as news, email, music, TV and GPS navigation, without worrying about data overages on their monthly bill.

Sprint 4G LTE is now available in 19 cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, San Antonio and Waco, Texas. Sprint’s buildout of its 4G LTE network is under way in more than 100 additional cities within its existing nationwide 3G footprint. Major metropolitan areas in which Sprint 4G LTE is expected to be available in the coming months include Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C.

By the end of 2013, Sprint expects to have largely completed the nationwide build out of its all-new 3G and 4G network, a program known as Network Vision. The project also includes significant improvement in customers’ 3G network experience, including expanded coverage, improved network reliability, better voice quality, and faster 3G data speeds. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE rollout, visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

Sprint will host the 12th annual Open Solutions Conference on Oct. 24-25 at the San Jose, Calif., Convention Center, offering developers, ecosystem partners and executive attendees an up-close view into the latest app developing tools and capabilities, keynote presentations from Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and other industry leaders, breakout sessions, coding sessions, event sponsor exhibits, and business-critical networking opportunities. Registration is open at http://developer.sprint.com/OSC2012.

Huawei Showcases Wireless Solutions Portfolio to Address Enterprise Communications Needs at Professional LTE Conference

Huawei Showcases Wireless Solutions Portfolio to Address Enterprise Communications Needs at Professional LTE Conference Barcelona, Spain, September 18, 2012: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, will be showcasing its mobile broadband communications solution portfolio at the Professional LTE Conference in Barcelona, Spain from September 17-19, 2012. The showcase includes industry-specific solutions for customers across government, transportation, energy and power industries to support and enhance business operations, as well as speed up enterprise informatization.

At the event, Huawei will demonstrate how its portfolio of high-performance LTE mobile broadband communications products and solutions can be adapted to the needs and requirements of different business and operational scenarios. Providing ultra long-distant and high-speed coverage, as well as multimedia trunking, the solutions are highly secure, highly reliable and can adapt to harsh environments. As a result, customers benefit from customized and flexible deployment, ease of operation and maintenance, and savings in investment.

At the event, Mr. Shen Minjun, a technical expert at Huawei, will be speaking on “Paving the way to professional LTE”. He will provide an overview of Huawei's plans and strategies for LTE-based professional communication, as well as industry standards and cooperation.

Huawei's leading LTE mobile broadband communications solutions have been widely adopted by enterprises in Europe and China, as well as across different industry sectors including government, transportation, energy and power, to safeguard communications in business operations, as well as enhance efficiency. In the future, Huawei will continue to cooperate with strong partners to develop more innovative customer-centric communications solutions that cater to the requirements of different industries.

For further information on Huawei’s portfolio of wireless communication solutions, please visit Stand B6 at the Hotel Rey Juan Carlos & Congress Centre, Barcelona, Spain or visithttp://enterprise.huawei.com/en/products/network/wireless/index.htm.

Sprint Direct Connect Surpasses 1 Million-Customer Milestone

Sprint Direct Connect Surpasses 1 Million-Customer Milestone OVERLAND PARK, Kan., September 18, 2012 - Sprint today announced that its Sprint®Direct Connect® push-to-talk (PTT) service has surpassed the 1 million-customer milestone as customers continue to migrate to the service on Sprint’s CDMA network.

Less than a year ago, Sprint launched Sprint Direct Connect, ushering in the next generation of PTT service from the company that pioneered push-to-talk. The service debuted packed with broadband data capabilities, familiar push-to-talk features, rugged and reliable handsets, and a broadening push-to-talk coverage map.

Today, Sprint Direct Connect has matured into the industry’s push-to-talk gold standard with:

• Triple the square miles of coverage compared to the company’s legacy Nextel National Network

• Instant call set-up time on domestic PTT calls

• International coverage to Latin American countries that most frequently use PTT service; and,

• A range of rugged, military-spec handsets including the Motorola ADMIRAL™ smartphone

“One million customers in less than a year is an important achievement and reflects well on the permanence of push-to-talk as a communications solution,” said Paget Alves, Sprint’s chief sales officer. “Sprint Direct Connect has clearly met the increasing demand for faster data speeds and better and broader coverage on push-to-talk devices.”

Last quarter, 60 percent of total subscribers who left the postpaid Nextel platform were recaptured on the postpaid Sprint platform – up from 46 percent in the first quarter. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is one customer to recently migrate to Sprint Direct Connect from its legacy Nextel service. Sprint will provide FEMA with 2,000 Sprint Direct Connect handsets equipped with an Actsoft GPS tracking and navigation solution to support FEMA’s nationwide Mass Evacuation Program.

Sprint’s upgraded push-to-talk platform, created by Qualcomm, has played a significant role in drawing customers from iDEN to broadband CDMA. “The Qualcomm platform represents a carrier-grade, IP-based solution for Sprint that delivers the advanced push-to-talk experiences customers are demanding today and sets a solid foundation for Sprint Direct Connect to support even more advanced communications in the future,” said Michael Wallace, senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Internet Services.

Earlier this year, Sprint announced it will decommission its iDEN network as early as June 30, 2013 as part of Network Vision plans. Network Vision is expected to add net economic value for Sprint from reduced roaming costs, cell-site reduction, backhaul efficiencies, more efficient use of capital, and energy cost savings.

The company has already discontinued selling iDEN devices in most channels; Sprint will continue to support business customers with iDEN devices as needed during their transition to Sprint Direct Connect service.

About Sprint Direct Connect:

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.

More information:

• Sprint Direct Connect, www.sprint.com/sprintdirectconnect

• Network Vision, www.sprint.com/network

Contact(s):

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

Powerful Yet Affordable 4G LTE Android Smartphone, Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE from Sprint, Available Beginning Sept. 16

Powerful Yet Affordable 4G LTE Android Smartphone, Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE from Sprint, Available Beginning Sept. 16 OVERLAND PARK, Kan., September 13, 2012 - Sprint, the only national carrier with Truly UnlimitedSM 4G LTE data, text and calling to any mobile, will offer the feature-packed Samsung Galaxy Victory™ 4G LTE at a price that makes it an easy choice for customers who are ready to step up to their first Android™-powered smartphone. At less than $100, Galaxy Victory gives Sprint customers the benefit of Sprint 4G LTE at a very accessible price.

Galaxy Victory will be available beginning on Sunday, Sept. 16, for just $99.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement, after a $50 mail-in rebate via reward card1 (excludes taxes and surcharges), at Sprint Stores, Sprint Business Sales, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Web Sales (www.sprint.com).

Manufactured by Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S. and the No. 1 smartphone provider worldwide2, Galaxy Victory is powered by Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch touchscreen display and access to the Sprint 4G LTE network. This allows the smartphone to effortlessly switch between applications and enables a rich web browsing experience with true multitasking.

“Price is often a barrier for customers who are ready to transition from a feature phone to a smartphone; Samsung Galaxy Victory brings Sprint 4G LTE to the mass market with the high-end features and capabilities of a premium Android smartphone,” said David Owens, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “Priced under $100 and paired with Truly Unlimited data from Sprint, our customers will appreciate the functionality of this device without worrying about costly monthly rate plans or surprises on their wireless bill.”

Galaxy Victory customers enjoy a Truly Unlimited 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 value Truly Unlimited data, because it’s simple and straightforward – no metering, no throttling and no overages, all while on the Sprint network.

Fully Loaded with Features

As a Sprint ID smartphone, Galaxy Victory provides the ability to cut through the clutter of the more than 600,000 additional apps in Google Play™. Sprint ID offers an innovative way to personalize Android smartphones with apps, widgets, wallpapers, ringtones and more and ID packs deliver a complete mobile experience – based on consumers’, students’ or businesses’ interests or favorite brands. Customers can download and switch among five self-selected ID packs tailored to an individual’s lifestyle and interests with a few simple clicks.

Additional features on Galaxy Victory include:

• 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and video capture, ideal for documenting important moments as they happen • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera that can be used for video chat • Google Wallet™ turns the smartphone into a wallet using Near Field Communication (NFC) to make safe purchases at more than 100,000 participating retailers

The search function on Galaxy Victory is fast and simple with S Voice™, an advanced natural language user interface that enables search and basic device-user communication. It can be used to turn the volume up or down on the music player, answer or reject incoming calls, shut off or choose to snooze the alarm clock or take a picture by saying “smile” or “cheese.”

Galaxy Victory also makes it fast and easy to share pictures, videos and presentations between devices or with friends and groups of people:

• S Beam expands on Android Beam™ to enhance device-to-device sharing through NFC technology by adding the ability to share photos, videos, documents and other DRM-free content to Android Beam. This allows a 1GB file to be shared within minutes and a 10MB file within seconds by simply touching another S Beam enabled phone. • AllShare® Play allows users to wirelessly connect Galaxy Victory to their PC, tablet or television to immediately share files, stream music, user-generated videos, photos and other DRM-free content to AllShare-enabled devices using Wi-Fi®. It also allows the user to remotely access files on up to six Samsung devices. • AllShare Group Cast lets the user share a presentation or photo album in real time with multiple friends on the same Wi-Fi network.

Continuing its aggressive momentum in delivering an all new 3G and 4G LTE network experience for customers, Sprint announced on Monday that 4G LTE construction has begun in more than 100 more cities within its existing nationwide 3G footprint. Major metropolitan areas in which Sprint 4G LTE is expected to be available in the coming months include Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C.

During the pre-launch phase, customers with 4G LTE devices may begin to see 4G LTE coverage in these areas and are welcome to use the network even before it officially launches. Sprint plans to announce commercial availability of 4G LTE in these cities in the coming months, at which point we expect coverage, performance and reliability to get even better. The markets will fill in until coverage largely matches the existing nationwide 3G footprint.

Sprint 4G LTE is now available in 19 cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio. Sprint’s Network Vision project also includes significant improvement in customers’ 3G network experience, including expanded coverage, improved network reliability, better voice quality, and faster 3G data speeds. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE rollout, visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

Sprint will host the 12th annual Open Solutions Conference on Oct. 24-25 at the San Jose, Calif., Convention Center offering developers, ecosystem partners and executive attendees an up-close view into the latest app developing tools and capabilities, keynote presentations from Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and other industry leaders, breakout sessions, coding sessions, event sponsor exhibits, and business-critical networking opportunities. Registration is open at http://developer.sprint.com/OSC2012.

Contact(s):

Sprint
, ,Mark Elliott, 603-621-4511
, mark.j.elliott@sprint.com
 or 
MWW for Samsung Mobile
, Ashley Lane Wimberly, 214-414-3325
, awimberly@mww.com

Cricket to Offer iPhone 5

Cricket to Offer iPhone 5 SAN DIEGO, Sept. 13, 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 it will offer iPhone 5, the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, to customers in select Cricket markets in the U.S. beginning Friday, September 28. For more information please visit: www.mycricket.com/iphone5. For more information on iPhone 5, 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@leapwireless.com

Sprint to Offer iPhone 5 on September 21

Sprint to Offer iPhone 5 on September 21 OVERLAND PARK, Kan., September 12, 2012 - Sprint, the only national carrier that gives customers Truly UnlimitedSM 4G LTE data, text and calling to any mobile, today announced it will offer iPhone 5 on the Sprint network beginning on Friday, September 21. New and existing customers can pre-order iPhone 5 beginning at 12:01am PT on Friday, September 14 at www.sprint.com/iPhone.

iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless technology—all while delivering even better battery life. iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features including: the all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography and turn-by-turn navigation; Facebook integration; Passbook organization and even more Siri features and languages.

"iPhone 5 is packed with amazing new features and we are proud to offer Truly Unlimited data to iPhone customers so they can enjoy everything iPhone 5 has to offer on our 4G LTE network," said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. "Whether it's finding a nearby restaurant with Siri, using Passbook to get organized or surfing the web, Sprint's truly unlimited data plans provide incredible value for iPhone customers, meaning customers can make the most of iOS 6 without worrying about costly overages on their monthly bill."

The Benefit of Unlimited Data

iPhone 5 requires activation on one of the Sprint Everything Data plans starting at just $79.99 with Truly Unlimited data, text and calling to any mobile. No throttling, no metering and no overages, all while on the Sprint network. With Sprint’s Everything Data and other plans that include Truly Unlimited data, Sprint is continuing its history of data leadership by making it easy for its customers to use data in all the ways that are useful to them, such as news, email, music, TV and GPS navigation, without worrying about data overages on their monthly bill.

Sprint 4G LTE is now available in 19 cities including Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Waco, Texas. Sprint’s build of its 4G LTE network is underway in more than 100 additional cities within its existing nationwide 3G footprint. Major metropolitan areas in which Sprint 4G LTE is expected to be available in the coming months include Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C.

By the end of 2013, Sprint expects to have largely completed the nationwide build out of its all-new 3G and 4G network, a program known as Network Vision. The project also includes significant improvement in customers’ 3G network experience, including expanded coverage, improved network reliability, better voice quality, and faster 3G data speeds. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE rollout, visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

Committed to Customer Service

Sprint customers have access to Sprint’s Ready Now service where trained retail associates will work one-on-one with customers to personalize their iPhone and set up features like email, Web and apps before leaving the store. Customers have the choice of sitting down with a Sprint retail associate at the time of purchase or they can schedule an appointment for a later time online.

Sprint is #1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved,, across all 47 industries measured, during the last four years, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). In addition, Sprint received the highest numerical score among full-service wireless providers in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Wireless Purchase Experience Satisfaction StudySM – Vol. 2.

Additional plan and pricing details will be available at www.sprint.com/iPhone.

For more information on iPhone 5, please visit: www.apple.com/iphone.

Contact(s):

Sprint
, Michelle Leff Mermelstein, 703-592-8357
, Michelle.Leff@Sprint.com

C Spire Wireless Officially Launches 4G LTE Mobile Broadband Services Today On Nation’s Only Personalized Network

C Spire Wireless Officially Launches 4G LTE Mobile Broadband Services Today On Nation’s Only Personalized Network Ridgeland, Miss. (September 10, 2012) – C Spire Wireless launched the next generation of mobile broadband services in four Mississippi markets this week with the activation of its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network offering consumers and businesses faster data speeds and advanced capabilities on the nation’s only personalized network.

McComb, Brookhaven, Meridian and Greenville are the first of 31 markets that are receiving C Spire’s 4G LTE advanced next-generation services between now and the end of October. Another six markets will be activated by the end of 2012 as part of the company’s multi-million dollar investment. Additional expansion of 4G LTE services in Mississippi and other states is planned in 2013.

The initial markets will cover 2,700 square miles, a population of 1.2 million and 364 cell sites and will provide 4 out of every 10 consumers and businesses in Mississippi with wireless data speeds up to 10 times faster, allowing C Spire to be the first provider to make these services widely available.

“With today’s announcement, C Spire Wireless is offering customers the fastest data speeds available along with 4G devices that bring our personalized data network to life,” said Hu Meena, president and CEO of C Spire Wireless. “4G LTE from C Spire gives consumers more of what they want and where they want it than ever before. With data speeds up to 10 times faster, you’ll be able to download apps faster, open files almost instantly, do real-time video chat, surf the mobile web or stream movies, music, soundtracks, video and more without the wait.

Mississippi business and government leaders praised C Spire for its 4G LTE network technology deployment. “Investments in wireless broadband technology like those by C Spire Wireless are key in attracting high-technology industries and jobs to Mississippi,” said Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. “Mississippi continues to enhance its business climate and attract outstanding companies, and growing our technology infrastructure keeps our state competitive.”

Tony Jeff, president and CEO of the Mississippi Technology Alliance, said the deployment of 4G LTE services in the state will help both consumers and small businesses. "A more robust mobile broadband experience drives economic growth, stimulates jobs and equips Mississippi consumers and businesses with the latest and fastest technologies to meet their growing wireless voice and data communications needs," Jeff said. "C Spire Wireless has significantly ramped up its wireless investments to enable an experience that offers Mississippi consumers and businesses better speed, better reliability and better availability of high-speed data communications."

4G LTE Devices, Solutions and Plans

“A 4G LTE broadband network is only as good as the devices that accompany it – bringing the high-speed mobile broadband experience full circle,” Meena said. “C Spire has that covered as well with the introduction of its first 4G LTE device, the Motorola PHOTON Q™ and additional devices coming soon, including the Samsung Galaxy S III and others.”

C Spire customers can choose from several 4G LTE smartphone and connected devices to experience the nation’s only personalized 4G LTE network. Devices include the Motorola PHOTON Q, which is available today online and in retail stores for $199.99 with a two-year contract, the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Franklin Wireless 2-in-1 USB smart modem and mobile hotspot, which are both coming soon.

The PHOTON Q features a PC-like QWERTY keyboard, a large 4.3-inch Colorboost HD touchscreen display, 1.5 GHz dual core processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich mobile operating system, an 8 megapixel digital zoom rear-facing camera with 1080p capture on playback along with an HD front-facing camera and 8 GB of onboard memory. The device comes with built-in business ready security, productivity and connectivity features with government-grade encryption and VPN.

The Samsung Galaxy S III features a brilliant 4.8 inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display, a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich mobile operating system, 16 GB of onboard storage, an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD quality recording and a removable 2100 mAh battery. Pre-registration for the 4G LTE smartphone continues at www.cspire.com/gs3.

The Franklin Wireless 4G LTE 2-in-1 smart modem and mobile hotspot provides 4G LTE wireless access to any data-enabled devices, including a PC, tablet or smartphone.

Personalized Wireless from C Spire gets even better with 4G LTE Mobile Broadband

Personalized wireless from C Spire is a package of different wireless services and programs that combine to reflect and serve each customer’s unique needs. Customers see this unique personalization in apps and content that fit them, services that anticipate their needs, and rewards they get just for using their phone in new ways. In addition to PERCS®, specific examples of C Spire’s industry-first personalized wireless services include SCOUT and CIRCLE.

“4G LTE is the next generation of high-speed mobile broadband services from C Spire that allow you to access SCOUT for recommendations on apps, music, books, and movies; earn PERCS® points through our loyalty program; and engage in CIRCLE, our customer community, faster than ever before,” said Kevin Hankins, chief operating officer for C Spire Wireless.

For more details on device availability, pricing, plans and the schedule for introduction of 4G LTE services in new markets, go to www.cspire.com/4g. For more information on C Spire Wireless products and services, go to www.cspire.com.

Sprint 4G LTE Available in More Than 100 Additional Cities in the Coming Months

Sprint 4G LTE Available in More Than 100 Additional Cities in the Coming Months OVERLAND PARK, Kan., September 10, 2012 - Continuing its aggressive momentum in delivering a top-tier network experience for customers, Sprint announced today that the 4G LTE network build is under way in more than 100 additional cities within its existing nationwide 3G footprint. Some of the major metropolitan areas in which Sprint 4G LTE is expected to be available in the coming months are Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington, D.C.

“We are committed to delivering a cutting-edge network as quickly as possible, one that provides a greater level of reliability and speed to our 3G and 4G customers,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “We know our customers depend on their mobile devices as their primary source of communication, business connectivity and entertainment. We want to deliver a network that delivers mobile access, productivity and entertainment at a highly competitive price point.”

The 4G LTE Network build is under way in the following areas:

• Aguadilla-Isabela-San Sebastian, Puerto Rico

• Albermarle, N.C.

• Anderson, Ind.

• Asheville, N.C.

• Athens, Tenn.

• Athens, Texas

• Austin, Texas

• Barnstable Town (Hyannis/Midcape), Mass.

• Baton Rouge, La.

• Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Md.

• Boston

• Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, Mass.

• Charlotte, N.C.

• Chattanooga, Tenn.

• Chicago

• Clarksville, Tenn.

• Cleveland, Tenn.

• Coamo, Puerto Rico

• College Station, Texas

• Columbia, Tenn.

• Columbus, Ind.

• Cookeville, Tenn.

• Crossville, Tenn.

• Daytona Beach-Deltona-Ormond Beach, Fla.

• Elkhart-Goshen, Ind.

• Fayetteville, N.C.

• Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, Fla.

• Gainesville, Fla.

• Gary, Ind.

• Goldsboro, N.C.

• Greenville, N.C.

• Greeneville, Tenn.

• Guayama, Puerto Rico

• Hammond, La.

• Harriman, Tenn.

• Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, N.C.

• Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, La.

• Hutchinson, Kan.

• Indianapolis-Carmel, Ind.

• Jacksonville, Fla.

• Johnson City, Tenn.

• Jonesboro, Ark.

• Kankakee-Bradley-Bourbonnais, Ill.

• Kerrville, Texas

• Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, Texas

• Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.

• Kinston, N.C.

• Knoxville, Tenn.

• Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.

• Lancaster, S.C.

• Lawrence, Kan.

• Lincolnton, N.C.

• Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif.

• Lumberton, N.C.

• McPherson, Kan.

• Memphis, Tenn.

• Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla.

• Morgan City, La.

• Morristown, Tenn.

• Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

• Muncie, Ind.

• Nashville, Tenn.

• New Orleans

• New York-White Plains-Wayne, N.Y.

• Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, Va.

• Ocala, Fla.

• Ocean Pines, Md.

• Palatka, Fla.

• Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Fla.

• Peabody/Lawrence-Methuen/Gloucester, Mass.

• Philadelphia

• Ponce, Puerto Rico

• Port St. Lucie, Fla.

• Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

• Rochelle, Ill.

• Rockford, Ill.

• Rocky Mount, N.C.

• Salina, Kan.

• Salisbury, Md.

• Salisbury, N.C.

• San German-Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

• San Juan, Puerto Rico

• Sebastian-Vero Beach, Fla.

• Sevierville, Tenn.

• Shelby, N.C.

• Southern Pines-Pinehurst, N.C.

• Springfield, Mass.

• Statesville-Mooresville, N.C.

• St. Thomas, USVI

• Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.

• Topeka, Kan.

• Tullahoma, Tenn.

• Tupelo, Miss.

• Warrensburg, Mo.

• Washington, D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria, Va.

• Waukegan-Lake County, Ill.

• West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, Fla.

• Wichita, Kan.

• Wichita Falls, Texas

• Wilson, N.C.

• Worcester-Fitchburg-Leominster, Mass.

• Yauco, Puerto Rico

During the pre-launch phase, customers with capable 4G LTE devices may begin to see 4G LTE coverage in these areas and are welcome to use the network even before it officially launches. Sprint plans to announce commercial availability of 4G LTE in these cities in the coming months, at which point we expect coverage, performance and reliability to get even better. Eventually, the markets will fill in until coverage largely matches the existing nationwide 3G footprint. By the end of 2013, Sprint expects to have completed the nationwide build out of the all new 3G and 4G network.

Currently, Sprint offers the new 4G LTE service in 19 metropolitan areas: Atlanta; Athens, Ga.; Baltimore; Calhoun, Ga.; Carrollton, Ga.; Newnan, Ga.; Rome, Ga.; Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas; Gainesville, Ga.; Granbury-Hood County, Texas; Houston; Huntsville, Texas; Kansas City, Mo./Kansas City, Kan.; Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.; San Antonio, Texas; Sedalia, Mo.; Waco, Texas; and St. Joseph, Mo.

According to management consulting firm Chetan Sharma Consulting, mobile data is expected to comprise 95 percent of the global mobile traffic by 2015. Sprint’s network strategy, known as Network Vision, is designed to meet these growing demands. With Network Vision, customers can expect to benefit from an updated 3G network and new 4G LTE network, enabling expanded coverage, improved network reliability, better voice quality, and faster data speeds as the improvements are rolled out across the country.

“The mobile industry is going through an incredible change – smartphones, connected devices, and the seemingly unlimited supply of new applications and services are changing consumer behavior in dramatic ways,” said Chetan Sharma, founder and president at Chetan Sharma Consulting.

As part of its overall network strategy, Sprint is also doing a complete overhaul of its 3G infrastructure so that customers can enjoy better wireless signal strength, in-building coverage, and fewer dropped/blocked calls. These enhancements are now available to customers in several markets across the country, with significant deployment in Baltimore, Boston and Washington, D.C., and will continue to improve in the weeks and months ahead.

Sprint was the first national wireless carrier to introduce 4G on the WiMAX network in 2008 and began rolling out 4G LTE to customers on July 15 in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and surrounding cities.

Unlimited + Sprint 4G LTE = Game-changing wireless offer for customers

In today’s competitive wireless market, the value of unlimited has never been more apparent and Sprint is clearly the best choice in wireless. Customers with capable devices can combine Sprint’s all-new 3G and 4G LTE networks and enjoy unlimited data while on the Sprint network. Data usage continues to increase and consumers value Truly Unlimited data because it’s simple and straightforward – no metering, no throttling, and no need to share data, which increases the likelihood of a surprise monthly bill because of overage charges.

Coupled with unbeatable plans and fast devices, Sprint has been working hard to deliver the best customer experience in the past few years. The 2012 American Customer Satisfaction Index ranked Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries measured, over the last four years. And Sprint has been ranked Highest in Satisfaction with the Purchase Experience among Full-service Wireless Providers three times in a row by J.D. Power and Associates.

Sprint’s Network Vision project expects to be largely complete with the all-new network by the end of 2013. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

Contact(s):

Sprint, 
Kelly Schlageter, 703-592-8806, 
kelly.a.schlageter@sprint.com

Axesstel Expands Its 4G Customer Base

Axesstel Expands Its 4G Customer Base SAN DIEGO, Calif., Sept. 5, 2012 -- Axesstel, Inc., a leader in the design and development of fixed wireless voice and broadband data products, extends its global leadership in CDMA 1xEV-DO 450MHz with shipments to Orange of the world's first 4G EV-DO Rev. B 450MHz Wi-Fi Gateway with optional VoIP. Orange, a telecom operator providing mobile broadband access, VoIP and machine-to-machine services for consumers and businesses in Poland, is now making initial shipments to consumers.

Clark Hickock, Chief Executive Officer of Axesstel, stated: "With the continued acceptance of our first 4G product, we demonstrate our market leading capabilities in developing next-generation products for CDMA 1xEV-DO 450MHz. The evolution to EV-DO Rev. B enables higher streaming rates for video and audio; quicker upload of pictures, videos, and audio files; and faster mobile broadband for mobile devices. Our EV-DO Rev. B Wi-Fi Gateway with VoIP capability offers an innovative solution around EV-DO."

Henryk Morski, Customer Systems and Equipment Sourcing Director, commented: "The launch of the Axesstel Rev. B router is an important milestone for Orange in the Polish internet market and it helps us to take the business to the next level. A higher speed in combination with our unique coverage makes a very attractive internet offer for our customers. These efforts strengthen our commitment to offer the most comprehensive services in mobile communications."

"The MV600 Rev. B gateway represents our fourth product launch with Orange. Our relationship expands our presence in a developed market where demand for fixed wireless products is growing," said Henrik Hoeffner, Chief Marketing Officer of Axesstel. "We believe our innovative wireless broadband products will drive adoption of Orange services. We are excited about supporting them in their further market expansion."

The MV600 Series EV-DO Rev. B Gateways seamlessly combine wireless wide area networking (WWAN), a Wi-Fi wireless local area network (WLAN) router and a four port Ethernet switch to provide wireless broadband data access in one easy to use, plug-and-play desktop networking device. Leveraging CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. B technology, the MV600 Series Gateways provide broadband data for high-speed access to email, the Internet, data intensive files and multi-media streaming. The integrated Wi-Fi router allows remote access to broadband data from any room at home or office and trouble-free set up of a local hotspot. A four port Ethernet switch provides a plug-and-play solution that enables users to network multiple desktop and laptop PCs as well as other devices.

Benefits

• Integrated Wi-Fi router allows access to broadband data from anywhere at home or office

• Four-port Ethernet switch provides a plug-and-play solution for networking multiple desktops, laptops and other devices

• Receive Diversity Antennas providing maximum coverage range and data throughput

• Embedded VoIP functionality provides Voice call through the RJ-11 port (V model only)

Features

• Backward compatible with CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. 0/A and CDMA2000 1X

• SIP Application Support Optional

• 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi Router with 4-Port Ethernet

• 5 LED Indicators (Power/Signal/Connect/1xEV-DO/Wi-Fi)

• Receive Diversity Antennas

• Desktop or Wall Mountable

• IPv6 / IPv4

• Backup Battery Optional

CONTACT:

Company PR Contact:

David Berman

Axesstel, Inc.

+1-858.625.2100 X310

dberman@axesstel.com

Investor Relations Contact:

Cathy Mattison

LHA

+1-415.433.3777

cmattison@lhai.com