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Follow the NBA Draft from your phone with NBA Game Time from Sprint

Follow the NBA Draft from your phone with NBA Game Time from Sprint June 27, 2013 - The 2013 NBA Draft takes place from Brooklyn tonight at 7 o’clock ET when some of the biggest names in amateur basketball will join the highest level of the game as professionals. If you don’t have the ability to sit in front of your TV or computer, as long as you’re a Sprint customer you don’t have to worry because you’ll still be able to watch the live stream of ESPN’s NBA Draft coverage from your smartphone with the NBA Game Time app or via Sprint TV. The live stream is free exclusively to Sprint users with an Unlimited data plan and only available in Sprint’s version of the NBA Game Time app. The best part: with Sprint’s Unlimited data plans, you don’t have to worry about costly overages or throttled data, so you can watch every minute of the coverage from start to finish, all while on the Sprint network. In addition to the live stream of the Draft, with NBA Game Time fans can also take advantage of the following: • Live Draft Tracker for all picks

• Real-time Draft Alerts

• Draft Analysis

• Video On-Demand The NBA Game Time app is available to download in the App Store and Google Play for your iPhone and Android™ smartphone, respectively. For more information visit www.sprint.com/nba. Unlimited Data: available on select plans/devices. Prohibited network use rules and other restrictions apply. See sprint.com/unlimited.

SK Telecom Launches World’s First LTE-Advanced Network

SK Telecom Launches World’s First LTE-Advanced Network June 26, 2013 -

• Launched the world’s first publicly available LTE-Advanced network with the world’s first LTE-Advanced compatible phone, Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A

• Offers LTE-Advanced at LTE prices to allow customers to benefit from the faster network without having to pay extra costs

• Plans to expand its LTE-Advanced device lineup to a total of seven smartphones in the second half of 2013

• Commercialized LTE-Advanced in the entire Seoul area and central cities of Gyeonggi-do and Chungcheong-do, and plans to expand LTE-Advanced coverage to 84 cities nationwide

• Expects LTE-Advanced to boost the popularity of ultra high quality broadcasting/video contents and services

SK Telecom (NYSE: SKM) announced that it today launched the world’s first LTE-Advanced service through smartphones.

The company achieved such a milestone in only less than two years after commercializing the nation’s first LTE service in July 2011.

LTE-Advanced offers ultra-fast network speeds of up to 150 Mbps, which is two times faster than that of LTE, and 10 times faster than 3G network. For instance, LTE-Advanced users can download an 800MB movie in just 43 seconds. With the commercialization of LTE-Advanced, the company expects to further improve customer satisfaction in mobile Internet services, and increase the use of ultra fast video contents and other diverse mobile value added services.

Achieves another world’s first with its advanced network technologies To commercialize LTE-Advanced, SK Telecom successfully developed and applied the most-advanced mobile network technologies. The company already applied Carrier Aggregation (CA) and Coordinated Multi Point (CoMP), and plans to apply Enhanced Inter-Cell Interference Coordination (eICIC) in 2014. CA, commercialized for the first time in the world by SK Telecom, supports up to 150Mpbs speed by combining two 10 MHz components carriers (1.8GHz and 800MHz spectrum bands) to form an effective bandwidth of 20 MHz spectrum bands. With the surge of data traffic worldwide, CA will act as the key enabler for network evolution among mobile operators around the world. According to network experts, CA will be further advanced to realize up to 300Mbps speed by aggregating two 20MHz component carriers by 2015, and become capable of combining three component carriers by 2016. In addition, they expect to see the realization of uplink CA by 2016. The current CA standards allow for up to five 20 MHz carriers to be aggregated. SK Telecom has fiercely competed with mobile carriers of other advanced nations to achieve the world’s first LTE-Advanced commercialization. Up to date, 13 operators*1) of 8 nations, including Verizon, AT&T, NTT Docomo and Telenor, have announced plans to launch LTE-Advanced, and among them Sprint, Telstra, 3 Italia and Yota said that they will do so within this year. However, no carrier, besides SK Telecom, has yet reached the goal by launching LTE-Advanced network through LTE-Advanced compatible phone. *1) Released by Wireless Intelligence, market research firm under GSMA (as of Jun 8, 2013) Since launching the nation’s first generation analogue network (1G) in 1984, SK Telecom led the popularization of mobile telecommunications service by commercializing CDMA (2G) for the first time in the world in 1996, and introduced video telephony service through the commercialization of CDMA2000 1X in 2000. In 2006, the company opened the era of mobile data communications service by commercializing the HSDPA technology over its 3G WCDMA network using a mobile phone for the first time in the world. Then, SK Telecom has launched the Korea’s first 4G LTE in 2011 and successfully commercialized the Multi Carrier (MC) technology, for the first time in the world, in July 2012. Improves customer satisfaction by offering LTE-Advanced service at LTE prices and introducing a rich device lineup SK Telecom announced that its existing LTE price plans will apply to the LTE-Advanced service, meaning that customers will be able to enjoy twice faster network speeds without paying extra. The decision comes as part of its commitment to maximize customer benefits and satisfaction through innovative technologies and services. With the commercialization of the world’s first LTE-Advanced network, SK Telecom today released Samsung’s ‘Galaxy S4 LTE-A.’ The Samsung device, the world’s first phone optimized to work over LTE-Advanced network, will come in two different colors, red (exclusively available at SK Telecom) and blue. SK Telecom will embed useful services like ‘Safe Message’ and ‘Safe Data Backup’ as basic features in all its LTE-Advanced phones. Safe Message is designed to protect users from smishing (SMS phishing) attacks by enabling them to check whether the message is sent from a trusted source; and ‘Safe Data Backup’ enables users to upload personal data stored in their smartphones to the cloud server to keep data safe from smartphone loss and accidental deletion. The company also plans to mount these features on all its to-be released LTE phones as well. Customers can purchase Galaxy S4 LTE-A at SK Telecom’s official online store named T World Shop (www.tworldshop.co.kr), or at one of 2,850 authorized SK Telecom T World retail stores. The company has secured an initial supply of 20,000 units of Galaxy S4 LTE-A. Furthermore, SK Telecom will vigorously expand its LTE-Advanced phone lineup to boost the popularization of LTE-Advanced service. It plans to provide a total of seven different LTE-Advanced compatible smarphones in the second half of 2013.

Begins offering LTE-Advanced in Seoul and central areas of Gyeongg-do and Chungcheong-do, and plans to expand LTE-Advanced coverage to 84 cities nationwide SK Telecom plans to expand its LTE-Advanced coverage at an unmatched speed to keep offering the best call quality to customers. To achieve early commercialization of LTE-Advanced, the company, for the first time in the world, developed the MC technology and applied it to its LTE network in July 2012. During the process, SK Telecom designed and built MC base stations in a way that they can support an optimized evolution towards LTE-Advanced. In March, SK Telecom has launched aggressive plans to expand the coverage of MC base stations to 200 university areas and central areas of 84 cities nationwide. The company has built a total of 20,000 RU (Radio Units) as of June 2013. With MC in place, the company can easily evolve the network to LTE-Advanced through simple software upgrades. SK Telecom’s LTE-Advanced, launched today, covers the entire Seoul, central areas of 42 cities in Gyeonggi-do and Chungcheong-do, and 103 university areas. Furthermore, the company will gradually expand its LTE-Advanced coverage to 84 cities across the nation.

Plans to promote ultra high quality, large volume and multi channel services SK Telecom projects that, as mobile connectivity continues to gain importance, LTE-Advanced will promote the development of ultra high quality video contents/services as well as a wide variety of new applications. On June 27, 2013, the company will launch a group video calling service for up to four users. The service, an upgraded version of the 3G network-based multi-party video conferencing service, will support 12 times better video quality and 2 times clearer audio quality. SK Telecom’s ‘Btv mobile,’ an IPTV service with 550,000 paid subscribers, will begin providing full HD (1080p resolution) video streaming service, for the first time in the world, from early July. Full HD video streaming requires a speed of 2Mbps or above, which is well supported by the LTE-Advanced network.

• Required speed for each level of image quality - SD: 1Mbps, HD: 2Mbps, Full HD: 4~8Mbps The company will also launch ‘T Baseball Multiview,’ to enable users to watch two different games on one screen in July 2013. T Baseball is a free, real-time professional baseball game broadcast service optimized to the LTE network. Launched in August 2012, the service is currently enjoyed by 1.1 million users. Moreover, SK Telecom plans to launch ‘T Freemium 2.0,’ a free multimedia content package that offers three times more contents – e.g. dramas, TV entertainment shows, music videos, sports game highlights, etc.- than its previous version, ‘T Freemium,’ in July 2013. The company is also planning to launch a new HD video-based shopping service in August 2013 to make shopping more fun and convenient for customers. Users will be able to seamlessly watch 6 different home shopping channels on one screen. Also, SK Telecom’s online/mobile music portal service MelOn yesterday opened a new service category to allow users to listen to original CD quality music by downloading Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) files. Meanwhile, SK Telecom will hold a large-scale contest named ‘LTE-Advanced i.con’ to boost the creation and provision of diverse innovative contents and applications optimized for the LTE-Advanced network.

Demonstrates ultra-fast speed and strong performance of LTE-Advanced At today’s LTE-Advanced press conference held at SK T-Tower, SK Telecom’s head office, the company demonstrated the speed of its LTE-Advanced network by comparing it with those of LTE and 3G. It also showcased innovative LTE-Advanced-based mobile value added services including MelOn’s FLAC files, ‘T Baseball Multiview’ and Btv mobile’s full HD video streaming service. Moreover, Kwon Hyok-sang, Head of Network Division of SK Telecom, made live video calls from SK T-Tower to Gangnam Station and the company’s Daejeon office to show ultra-fast speed of LTE-Advanced. Park In-sik, President of Network Business Operations at SK Telecom said, “SK Telecom is proud to announce the world’s first commercialization of LTE-Advanced. By supporting twice faster speeds than LTE, LTE-Advanced will not only enhance customers’ satisfaction in network quality, but also give birth to new mobile value added services that can bring innovative changes to our customers’ lives.”

Sprint Plans Summer Launches for First Two Windows Phone 8 Smartphones to Feature Truly Unlimited 4G LTE: HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo

Sprint Plans Summer Launches for First Two Windows Phone 8 Smartphones to Feature Truly Unlimited 4G LTE: HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo SAN FRANCISCO, June 26, 2013 - Sprint and Microsoft Corp. today outlined plans to launch the first two Windows Phone 8 smartphones to offer Truly UnlimitedSM Sprint 4G LTE this summer – HTC® 8XT and Samsung ATIV S™ Neo. Customers will appreciate access to the advanced features and capabilities of these devices with the benefit of unlimited 4G LTE (available in select markets) data, text and calling to any mobile with no metering, no throttling, and no overages, all while on the Sprint network.

HTC 8XT will be available for $99.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate via reward card1. ATIV S Neo will be priced at $149.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate via reward card1. Exact availability dates and full feature lists for both smartphones will be shared at a later date. Customers can preregister for more information and email updates about Windows Phone 8 from Sprint and HTC 8XT and ATIV S Neo atwww.sprint.com/windows8.

“We know our customers are anxious to get their hands on these Windows Phone 8 smartphones, HTC 8XT and ATIV S Neo,” said Fared Adib, senior vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “Without a doubt, they will rival any smartphone on the market today. Our customers will appreciate being able to use them all day, every day without worrying about overages or data caps.”

Windows Phone 8 won the PC Magazine Readers’ Choice Award for best mobile operating system in March 2013. The only phone with Live Tiles, Windows Phone 8 offers a truly personal smartphone experience designed to keep customers connected to the people and things that matter most. Windows Phone brings together the best of Microsoft with the same modern look and feel, including Bing, Office, Xbox and Skype, for a rich customer experience. In addition, the Windows Phone Store includes more than 160,000 apps to choose from, with hundreds added daily.

”We are excited to be bringing the most personal smartphone experience to Sprint customers this summer,” said Terry Myerson, corporate vice president, Microsoft Windows Phone Division. “With compelling hardware from HTC and Samsung, coupled with unlimited 4G LTE from Sprint, these Windows Phones will offer the complete package.”

Must-Have Features from HTC

Music-lovers will appreciate the amazing sound capability of HTC 8XT with HTC BoomSound™, introducing for the first time on Windows Phone 8 dual front-facing stereo speakers with a dedicated amplifier that brings people closer to their music, videos and games they love. In addition, Beats Audio™ enables studio-quality sound, so listeners hear music the way the artist intended with unique audio tuning that delivers thundering bass, soaring midrange and crisp highs.

“Inspired by the design that won the prestigious ‘red dot award: product design 2013,’ the new HTC 8XT brings a truly crafted smartphone with brilliant color, soft-to-the-touch texture and tapered design to be comfortable in the hand,” said Mike Woodward, president North America, HTC Corporation. “A pleasure to hold and a pleasure to hear, the front-facing stereo speakers are a first for a Windows Phone and deliver sounds that demand to be heard.”

HTC 8XT is also ideal for photo buffs with an 8-megapixel main camera with autofocus and LED flash, and a front-facing 1.6-megapixel camera. The main camera takes great photos in bright-light and low-light situations, and the ability to shoot video and take still pictures simultaneously. It also offers multishot burst mode to help capture the best picture of a moving photo subject, and a dedicated Windows Phone camera button to open the camera quickly, even when the phone is locked or sleeping, so users never miss an opportunity to capture life’s most important moments.

Inside the beautiful HTC 8XT is a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor with 1.4GHz dual-core CPUs supporting 4G LTE and 1080p video capture, 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM memory, microSD™ memory card slot with support for up to 64GB memory cards, a crisp 4.3-inch display, Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, GPS support and 1,800mAh lithium-ion battery.

Advanced Features from Samsung

ATIV S Neo will offer a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, microSD memory card slot, international roaming, 4.8-inch high-definition display, Wi-Fi and 2,000mAh lithium-ion removable battery. Sharing is easier than ever with ATIV S Neo featuring ATIV Beam using near field communication (NFC) to share photos, music and video with other Windows Phone 8 and select Android™ devices. ATIV S Neo includes the Samsung exclusive Now feature, which highlights top news, weather and relevant information at a single glance.

“Samsung is committed to offering smartphones across a variety of platforms and the rich Windows Phone 8 experience on the ATIV S Neo is a testament to this effort,” said Kevin Packingham, Samsung Mobile chief product officer. “The ATIV S Neo makes it easy to stay in-the-know while connecting with friends, family and colleagues, through new sharing features and powerful productivity applications.”

Having ATIV S Neo in your pocket means users can do more with their smartphone camera. It will offer an 8-megapixel main camera with LED flash and a front-facing 1.9-megapixel camera for video chat. It will include a variety of camera apps preloaded, including the Beauty Shot mode for smoother looking skin in headshots, Manga Camera to give pictures a fun twist by turning friends and family into cartoons, and built-in Photo Editor that allows the user to edit, color, effect, decorate or share their pictures quickly and easily.

These smartphones also make it easy for customers to stay productive with Office Mobile for Windows Phone. With Office Mobile, people can access, view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents from anywhere. Plus, customers can count on Office Mobile to keep content and formatting intact so documents still looks great when back on a PC, Windows tablet or Mac.

Microsoft Office 365 offered by Sprint is available for small and mid-sized businesses. It includes Sprint’s unique Carefree Cloud migration and onboarding assistance, end-user level support, predictable monthly costs with no up-front infrastructure expenses, pay-as-you-go plans, savings by bundling all of the necessary tools and advanced options to simplify management further, all with a single bill and single point of contact. Sprint recently announced expanded plans available with Office 365, including enhanced audio conferencing and availability at select Sprint retail stores.

Sprint offers 4G LTE in top summer destinations like Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sprint offers 4G LTE service in 110 markets nationwide and expects to provide 200 million people with LTE by the end of 2013.

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

CONTACT(S):

Sprint, Nichole (Cappitelli) Pichardo, 949-748-3364, nichole.pichardo@sprint.com

or

Mark Elliott, 603-621-4511, mark.j.elliott@sprint.com

PCCW-HKT Enhances 4G LTE Network to 150Mbps, Accompanied By Launch of the First 150Mbps-Enabled Smartphone in Hong Kong

PCCW-HKT Enhances 4G LTE Network to 150Mbps, Accompanied By Launch of the First 150Mbps-Enabled Smartphone in Hong Kong HKT (SEHK: 6823) – HONG KONG, June 19, 2013 – PCCW-HKT announces today the enhancement of its 4G LTE network to 150Mbps*, as well as its launch of Hong Kong’s first LTE CAT 4 smartphone.

With an additional 5MHz of spectrum acquired through bidding earlier, PCCW-HKT can now roll out a total of 2 x 20MHz of spectrum at the 2600MHz band with a network specification of 150Mbps, the highest download specification currently achievable on a mobile device.

PCCW-HKT is also pleased to introduce Huawei Ascend P2 LTE, the first 150Mbps- enabled LTE CAT 4 smartphone* in Hong Kong. Together with other new LTE CAT 4 devices such as a 150Mbps-enabled USB dongle* (Huawei E3276s-150) and a 150Mbps-enabled Pocket Wi-Fi* (Huawei E5776s-32), customers can experience a much faster and more steady mobile data performance.

All PCCW-HKT 4G LTE customers will automatically enjoy the expanded 2 x 20MHz bandwidth at no additional charge. Even existing 4G LTE devices will see their download speed improve after the network upgrade. In addition to the 2600MHz spectrum, PCCW-HKT has also re-farmed the 1800MHz spectrum for LTE to provide a unique dual band 4G LTE network with comprehensive coverage both outdoors and indoors.

Supported by its own 1,000Mbps optical fiber terrestrial transmission network and complemented by its unlimited Wi-Fi service at over 12,000 hotspots throughout Hong Kong, PCCW-HKT’s 4G LTE network offers customers a true end-to-end high-speed mobile data experience.

To meet the very high data consumption needs of some customers, PCCW-HKT today also introduces an “Ultimate Mobility” service plan of 80GB of local mobile data usage at a monthly rate of HK$880. Customers may now choose from a wider range of data plan offerings to flexibly manage their data usage needs.

Mr. Bruce Lam, Chief Marketing Officer of HKT’s Wireless Business, said, “Whether they are using the new LTE CAT 4 devices or existing 4G LTE devices, PCCW-HKT customers will be among the first to enter a beyond-4G era of unprecedented ultra-high-speed mobile broadband experience following our network enhancement.”

For service details, please call the hotline at +852 2888 0008 (Press 4), or visit any PCCW-HKT shop or www.pccw-hkt.com.

For further information, please contact:

Stella Wong, Tel: +852 2888 2253, Email: stella.wm.wong@pccw.com

Stay Connected This Summer: Sprint 4G LTE Expands into 22 New Cities

Stay Connected This Summer: Sprint 4G LTE Expands into 22 New Cities OVERLAND PARK, Kan., June 17, 2013 - Sprint today announced the availability of its all-new 4G LTE network in 22 new cities, just in time for the official start of summer. Customers in “hotspots” such as Miami, New Orleans, Raleigh, N.C., and Tampa, Fla., are now able to download videos, access the Internet and send photos with greater speed and reliability thanks to the power of Sprint 4G LTE. Additionally, new customers switching to Sprint can save up to $100 on any smartphone with a new two-year service agreement and activation and a qualifying plan.

Today, Sprint is launching 4G LTE in:

• Baton Rouge, La.

• Centralia, Wash.

• Clarksville, Tenn.

• Corsicana, Texas

• Dalton, Ga.

• Dunn, N.C.

• Fond du Lac, Wis.

• Gainesville, Fla.

• Henderson, N.C.

• Kingsport, Tenn.

• Lansing/East Lansing, Mich.

• Longview, Wash.

• Miami

• Napa, Calif.

• New Orleans

• Palatka, Fla.

• Raleigh, N.C.

• Sebring, Fla.

• St. Cloud, Minn.

• St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, Mich.

• Tampa, Fla.

• Warsaw, Ind.

Sprint already offers 4G LTE in other top summer destinations like Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and San Juan, Puerto Rico. With today’s announcement, Sprint offers 4G LTE service in 110 markets nationwide and expects to provide 200 million people with LTE by the end of 2013.

"Today’s announcement means that more Americans will experience the speed and power of Sprint 4G LTE,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. "Sprint is committed to delivering the latest technology through a nationwide LTE buildout, and providing new cell sites that are more compact and energy efficient. Our network build with new 3G and 4G LTE not only provides improved wireless service, it is also expected to reduce Sprint's total energy demand and the company’s carbon footprint."

As Sprint turns on new cell equipment across the country, customers are seeing better coverage, improved network reliability and voice quality on 3G and discovering LTE signals in cities that haven’t officially been announced, including Washington, D.C., New York and San Francisco.

Sprint today is also announcing that more places will be getting LTE in the coming months. These cities include:

• Grand Rapids, Mich. • Aberdeen, Wash. • Allegan, Mich. • Ann Arbor, Mich. • Battle Creek, Mich. • Corpus Christi, Texas • Eagle Pass, Texas • Flint, Mich. • Laredo, Texas • Marshfield/Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. • Mount Pleasant, Mich. • Oak Harbor, Wash. • Watertown/Fort Atkinson, Wis.

As more people use wireless data at home, work and on the go, Sprint’s all-new 4G LTE allows wireless users to accomplish more things with less time such as sharing photos, streaming videos or downloading large files, all in minutes. According to management consulting firm Chetan Sharma Consulting, mobile data is expected to comprise 99 percent of the global mobile traffic by 2014. To meet these growing demands of data users, Sprint has deployed “Network Vision” to build an all-new network with an updated 3G network and new 4G LTE network.

Additionally, Sprint has greatly improved the customer experience over the past several years. According to the 2013 American Customer Satisfaction Index, Sprint is the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, over the last five years. When you combine Sprint’s top-notch customer service with one of Sprint’s powerful 4G LTE devices – such as Kyocera Torque, HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S® 4 – and a Sprint Everything Data plan, it’s easy to see that Sprint is the best choice in wireless.

The Sprint 4G LTE network is also offered through its industry-leading prepaid brands, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA, as well as Sprint Emerging & Wholesale Solutions, which offer wholesale 4G LTE service to Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs).

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

CONTACT(S):

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

4G LTE Launched Markets

4G LTE Launched Markets June 17, 2013 - Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and now offers service in the following markets:

• Albemarle, N.C. • Altoona, Pa. • Anderson, Ind. • Asheville, N.C. • Athens, Ga. • Atlanta • Austin, Texas • Baltimore • Barnstable/Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass. • Baton Rouge, La. • Bloomington, Ind. • Boston • Bryan/College Station, Texas • Calhoun, Ga. • Carrollton, Ga. • Centralia, Wash. • Charlotte, N.C. • Chicago/Naperville/Joliet, Ill. • Clarke County, Va./Jefferson County, W.Va. • Clarksville, Tenn. • Columbia, Tenn. • Columbus, Ind. • Contra Costa County, Calif. • Corsicana, Texas • Dallas • Dalton, Ga. • Denison, Texas • Dunn, N.C. • Elkhart/Goshen, Ind. • Emporia, Kan. • Fond du Lac, Wis. • Fort Wayne, Ind. • Fort Worth, Texas • Framingham, Mass. • Franklin County, Pa. • Gainesville, FL • Gainesville, Ga. • Gary, Ind. • Gettysburg, Pa. • Granbury/Hood County, Texas • Greeneville, Tenn. • Hagerstown, Md./Martinsburg, W.Va. • Hammond, La. • Harrisburg/Carlisle/Hershey, Pa. • Harrisonburg, Va. • Henderson, N.C. • Houston • Huntsville, Texas • Hutchinson, Kan. • Indianapolis/Carmel, Ind. • Joplin, Mo. • Kankakee/Bradley/Bourbonnais, Ill. • Kansas City, Kan./Mo. • Kerrville, Texas • Kingsport, Tenn. • La Crosse, Wis. • Lafayette, Ind. • Lansing-East Lansing, Mich. • Lawrence, Kan. • Lincolnton, N.C. • Longview, Wash. • Los Angeles • Manhattan/Junction City, Kan. • Mankato-North Mankato, Minn. • McPherson, Kan. • Memphis, Tenn. • Miami • Muncie, Ind. • Napa, Calif. • New Bedford/Fall River, Mass. • New Orleans • Newnan, Ga. • Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, Va. • Palatka, FL • Palm Bay, FL • Peabody, Mass. • Port St. Lucie, FL • Raleigh, N.C. • Rochelle, Ill. • Rockford, Ill. • Rome, Ga. • Salina, Kan. • Salisbury, N.C. • San Antonio • San Juan, Puerto Rico • Santa Rosa/Petaluma, Calif. • Sebring, FL • Sedalia, Mo. • Shelby, N.C. • Shenandoah/Page Counties, Va. • South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind. • Southern Puerto Rico: Yauco/Ponce/Coamo/Salinas/Santa Isabel/Guayama • St. Cloud, Minn. • St. Joseph, Mo. • St. Joseph-Benton Harbor, Mich. • Statesville, N.C. • Tampa, FL • Temple, Texas • Topeka, Kan. • Tullahoma, Tenn. • Vallejo/Fairfield, Calif. • Waco, Texas • Warsaw, Ind. • Waukegan/Lake County, Ill. • West Palm Beach, FL • Western Puerto Rico: Aguadilla/Isabela/San Germán/Cabo Rojo/Mayagüez • Wichita Falls, Texas • Wichita, Kan. • Winchester, Va. • York/Hanover, Pa.

iDEN Nextel National Network on Schedule to Shut Down June 30

iDEN Nextel National Network on Schedule to Shut Down June 30 OVERLAND PARK, Kan., June 05, 2013 - Sprint remains on schedule to decommission the iDEN Nextel National Network beginning at 12:01 am Eastern time on June 30. iDEN devices will then no longer receive voice service – including 911 calls and push-to-talk– or data service. Sprint will shut down switch locations in rapid succession on June 30, followed by powering down equipment and eliminating backhaul at each cell site. The last full day of iDEN service for active users will be June 29.

Sprint announced plans in the fourth quarter of 2010 to phase out the iDEN Nextel National Network as part of its Network Vision plan. The company declared on May 29, 2012, that it planned to cease service on the network as early as June 30, 2013. During the past year, Sprint has extensively notified customers of the impending shutdown and encouraged early migration from the iDEN Nextel National Network to avoid service disruptions. The notifications have included customer letters, legal notifications, email reminders, voicemails and text messages. The company will use other communications tactics during the network’s final days of operation.

“We strongly urge customers to migrate now to the Sprint Nationwide CDMA network to avoid losing service,” said Bob Azzi, Sprint senior vice president-Network.

Customers who migrate to Sprint® Direct Connect® experience three times the push-to-talk coverage area compared to iDEN and can take advantage of International Direct Connect’s reach to Latin American countries and 3G broadband data capabilities.

“Sprint Direct Connect is a gold standard in push-to-talk,” Azzi said. “It comes with the broadband capabilities that businesses and public safety pros need for business applications and social media capabilities on Sprint’s broadband CDMA network.”

Recycling 100 million pounds of materials as part of iDEN shutdown Sprint will recycle nearly all of the iDEN network equipment that it can’t reuse – including cables, batteries, even the concrete shelters that many iDEN cell sites occupy. The projected result of the effort is a staggering amount of recycled network gear and other materials weighing more than 100 million pounds.

Sprint will gut hundreds of cell sites of obsolete iDEN equipment -- from radios to server racks, antennas to air conditioners -- and will stage it all for recycling vendors. Most concrete shelters that house iDEN cell sites will be crushed and turned into composite for roads and bridges. Sites where CDMA and LTE equipment is co-located will be left intact, minus the iDEN gear.

When decommissioning of the iDEN network is complete, nearly 30,000 iDEN installations will be taken off air. The iDEN recycling project is expected to continue into early 2014.

“Recycling a nationwide wireless network is a huge undertaking, but one that we’re committed to,” Azzi said. “The company has earned a reputation for environmental stewardship. The iDEN recycling effort extends our commitment.”

CONTACT(S):

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

Sprint Teams with United Cerebral Palsy on Communications-Accessibility-for-All Initiative

Sprint Teams with United Cerebral Palsy on Communications-Accessibility-for-All Initiative Overland Park, Kan., June 3, 2013 -- Sprint, a leader in communications accessibility for all, announced today plans to collaborate with United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), an international service provider and advocate for children and adults with a spectrum of disabilities, to raise awareness for Sprint’s speech-to-speech (STS) services and increase their usage among individuals with disabilities.

Sprint and UCP will jointly raise awareness of the products and services of Sprint Relay while furthering UCP’s efforts to advance the accessibility for people with a wide spectrum of disabilities. Sprint offers a portfolio of unique devices and services enabling people with hearing and speech disabilities to communicate with others, increasing their ability to live independently.

Sprint Relay and UCP share a common vision: “Technology can be harnessed to open up the world to individuals with disabilities,” said Stephen Bennett, President & CEO of United Cerebral Palsy. “UCP is excited to be teaming with Sprint Relay to help raise awareness of the services they provide that can really make an incredible difference in the day-to-day lives of so many people.”

Sprint Traditional Relay Services allows relay users who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, or speech-disabled to use a Text Telephone (TTY) to type their conversation to a Relay Operator. The Relay Operator then reads the message to a hearing person and types back the response. Sprint also offers STS that allows persons with a speech disability to make telephone calls using their own voice (or an assistive voice device). STS Operators are specially trained in understanding a variety of speech disorders, which enables them to repeat what the caller says in a manner that makes the caller’s words clear and understandable to the other party. No special equipment is required. For more information about STS, go to www.sprintsts.com

Sprint Relay will work with UCP and its network of affiliates in the 30 states where Sprint provides relay service, the federal government relay service and relay service in New Zealand to expand knowledge of the STS through different channels.

“Sprint has always been committed to making communication possible for all of our customers, including those with speech disabilities. Sprint Relay delivers on this promise through our new collaboration with United Cerebral Palsy that is a recognized advocate serving 170,000 clients and families every day. We look forward to working together to raise awareness about Speech-to-Speech Services available” said, Mike Ellis, Sprint Relay Director.

Sprint has long been a leader in accessibility for all and has been the nation’s premier provider of Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) for the past 22 years. Currently, Sprint is the TRS provider in 30 states and the TRS provider for the federal government, as well as New Zealand.

Sprint was recently recognized as the only winner in the 2013 Disability Matters Marketplace category, which recognizes excellence in marketing products and services that meet the needs of the disability community. This recognition stems from the company’s innovative accessibility-themed Sprint ID packs, which were developed in collaboration with Apps4Android and the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information about Sprint’s commitment to people with disabilities, visit the Accessibility for All page on sprint.com.

Sprint was recently recognized as the only winner in the 2013 Disability Matters Marketplace category, which recognizes excellence in marketing products and services that meet the needs of the disability community. This recognition stems from the company’s innovative accessibility-themed Sprint ID packs, which were developed in collaboration with Apps4Android and the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information about Sprint’s commitment to people with disabilities, visit the Accessibility for All page on sprint.com.