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Aicent’s LTE Roaming Provides KT Subscribers Global 4G/LTE Roaming

Aicent’s LTE Roaming Provides KT Subscribers Global 4G/LTE Roaming San Jose, CA July 31, 2013 - Aicent, a leading provider of IP Exchange and LTE Roaming services for global mobile operators, today announced a partnership with KT, a leading South Korean telecommunications service provider, to offer KT’s mobile subscribers a seamless and consistent LTE roaming experience as they travel between South Korea and Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, and Switzerland - supported by 9 LTE operators interconnected through Aicent’s LTE Roaming Exchange hub.

Highlights:

• As mobile subscribers become more comfortable with the superior bandwidth and speed of LTE, they have come to expect this same level of performance wherever they travel. With Aicent’s LTE Roaming Exchange, KT is able to maximize their mobile subscriber’s roaming experience by offering continuous, high-speed data access to innovative and differentiated 4G services such as IP-based voice, data, and rich multimedia communications while they travel internationally.

• With Aicent’s industry leading IPX, KT is able to realize improved quality of service and improved network management, allowing for greater returns on investment while offering seamless LTE roaming and giving subscribers fast, dependable access to mobile broadband and applications on their smart devices.

• Aicent offers KT powerful signaling and interworking through a comprehensive global network of Diameter Routing Platforms (DRP) located in NA, Europe, and Asia supporting guaranteed interoperability while providing roaming policy monitoring, enforcement, and support for versatile routing options.

Supporting Quotes:

• Mr. Seokjun Kim, Vice President, Roaming & Data Business Department, KT“Offering our subscribers the best mobile experience when traveling abroad is a high priority for KT. With Aicent’s LTE Roaming Exchange solution, we are able to offer our mobile subscribers a seamless and quality roaming experience when they travel abroad to international destinations. Aicent’s established and trusted IPX backbone allowed us to quickly implement a proven and secure LTE roaming solution with guaranteed interoperability via a single network.”

• Ms. Lynn Liu, President and CEO of Aicent, Inc.“As a leading mobile provider in one of the most technically progressive countries in the world, KT continues to be on the forefront of integrating advanced mobile services, such as 4G/LTE. We are pleased that KT selected our LTE Roaming Exchange with its Diameter Routing Platform as an integral part of their international mobile roaming services.”

Supporting Resources:

• About Aicent: http://www.aicent.com

• About KT: http://www.kt.com/

• Aicent’s LTE Roaming Exchange visit

http://www.aicent.com/lteroaming.html

For media inquiries, please contact:

Mike Rosenbaum, Marketing Manager, Aicent, Inc., mike.rosenbaum@aicent.com, (408) 324-1830

LG U+ Launched Commercial LTE-Advanced Service with Ericsson

LG U+ Launched Commercial LTE-Advanced Service with Ericsson Jul 30, 2013 -

• LG U+ commercially launched LTE-Advanced service on carrier aggregation with Ericsson on July 18, 2013

• LG U+ now provides up to 150 Mbps data services over its commercial LTE network

• Ericsson will sustain and enhance the technology leadership while leading future deployment of LTE-Advanced

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today announced successful deployed of an ultra-high speed LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) commercial service network, via their local entity, Ericsson-LG, for South Korean wireless service provider LG U+.

Through this LTE-A commercial service launch, LG U+ can provide high-speed mobile broadband services like high-definition video, voice and data by supporting 150Mbps throughput – twice and 10 times the speed of LTE and 3G services, respectively, and faster than fixed broadband line (100Mbps) by 50Mbps. Furthermore, LG U+ is able to support voice and data both on the LTE-A network with upgraded data speeds and service quality. LG U+ has completed early commercial launch of LTE-A by conducting network integration test through Carrier Aggregation (CA) software upgrade.

As a provider of design, deployment, integration and support services, Ericsson helped LG U+ bring commercial LTE services to South Korea already in July 2011. For LTE network deployment of LG U+, Ericsson has supplied Evolved Packet Core network and radio base stations and integrated new software for LTE-A service.

“Ericsson has successfully deployed LTE-A commercial service and accumulated unrivalled technology, experience and know-how,” said Jan Signell, Head of Region North East Asia, Ericsson. “We will not only bolster our partnership with LG U+ but also contribute to the future technology development to lead the Beyond 4G era as well as LTE-A market in the region.”

The two companies have agreed to jointly develop LTE-A and post LTE-A technology such as coordination functions between cells to enhance throughput by minimizing inter-node interference, inter-cell interference control technology to expand small cell coverage through coordination between macro and small base stations, and soft cell related technology to enhance data quality and speed by separating nodes for controlling signal and actual traffic data.

For further information, please contact

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

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

Sprint Turns up 4G LTE in 41 More Locations, Expands LTE Coverage to 151 Markets

Sprint Turns up 4G LTE in 41 More Locations, Expands LTE Coverage to 151 Markets OVERLAND PARK, Kan., July 30, 2013 - Sprint 4G LTE is now available in 151 markets including today’s 41 new markets which include Philadelphia; the Bronx and Brooklyn, N.Y.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Nashville, Tenn.; Oakland, Calif.; and Portland, Ore. Customers in these areas can make the most of seasonal fun by sharing videos of music festivals, quickly accessing the Internet, playing the hottest games, and posting summertime photos. Plus, with the groundbreaking Sprint Unlimited Guarantee, available with an Unlimited, My WaySM or My All-inSM plan, customers can get unlimited talk, text and data while on the Sprint network guaranteed for the life of the line of service1.

Today, Sprint announced that 4G LTE service is now offered to customers in:

-- Baraboo, Wis. -- Beaver Dam, Wis. -- Brownsville/Harlingen, Texas -- Bronx/Brooklyn, N.Y. -- Columbus, Miss. -- Daytona Beach, Fla. -- Durham, N.C. -- Dyersburg, Tenn. -- Faribault/Northfield, Minn. -- Fayetteville, N.C. -- Fitchburg/Leominster, Mass. -- Flint, Mich. -- Fort Lauderdale/Pompano Beach/Deerfield Beach, Fla. -- Grand Rapids, Mich. -- Greenville, N.C. -- Greenwood, Miss. -- Holland, Mich. -- Homosassa Springs, Fla. -- Jacksonville, Fla. -- Jackson, Tenn. -- Kokomo, Ind. -- Laredo, Texas -- Lebanon, Pa. -- Morgan City, La. -- Nacogdoches, Texas -- Nashville, Tenn. -- Oakland, Calif. -- Ocala, Fla. -- Palm Coast, Fla. -- Philadelphia -- Ponca City, Okla. -- Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda, Fla. -- Portland, Ore. -- Rocky Mount, N.C. -- Saginaw, Mich. -- Salinas, Calif. -- Springfield, Mass. -- Tulsa, Okla. -- Tupelo, Miss. -- Wausau, Wis. -- Wilson, N.C.

Today’s announcement is also excellent for the environment. Sprint’s Network Vision buildout – which consolidates multiple network technologies into a seamless network for increased efficiency and enhanced coverage – uses less equipment and less energy. By 2017, Sprint’s total energy is expected to increasingly come from such renewable sources as wind, solar and hydrogen. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in both its 2011 and 2012 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. Sprint also ranks #1 among major carriers for its phone Buyback Program, as named by Compass Intelligence Research.

"Sprint is committed to delivering the latest technology and providing more energy efficient cell sites,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. "We strive to be environmentally responsible and are proud of our track record. Our new 3G and 4G LTE network provides improved wireless service, and is also expected to help Sprint meet its commitment to reduce total energy demand and the company’s carbon footprint by 20 percent by 2017."

Sprint customers are enjoying the ability to use 4G LTE on a variety of different devices such as the new HTC® 8XT, Sprint’s first Windows Phone 8 device, the popular Samsung Galaxy S® 4 and HTC One®. So, don’t put limits on your wireless data this summer at home, school, work or on the go. Sprint’s all-new 4G LTE allows you to do more in less time, from streaming videos to downloading large files. And, as Sprint turns on new cell sites across the country, customers are seeing better coverage, improved network reliability and voice quality on 3G in such cities as Boston, Chicago and Indianapolis.

Sprint continues to bring a better wireless experience to more customers across the country as it builds out its all-new 3G and 4G LTE network and is projected to provide LTE service to 200 million people by the end of 2013. The Sprint 4G LTE network is also offered through its industry-leading prepaid brands, Assurance Wireless, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA, as well as Sprint Emerging & Wholesale Solutions, which offers wholesale 4G LTE service to Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs). For the most up-to-date details on Sprint 4G LTE, visit www.sprint.com/network. Customers are also encouraged to check www.sprint.com/coverage often because the maps are updated when coverage is expanded.

CONTACT(S):

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


or


Rachael Crocker, 913-762-6719, 
Rachael.a.hill@sprint.com

Sprint Brings 4G LTE and Enhanced 3G Network Improvements to the Bronx and Brooklyn

Sprint Brings 4G LTE and Enhanced 3G Network Improvements to the Bronx and Brooklyn NEW YORK, July 24, 2013 - Sprint today announced that its new 4G LTE network and improved 3G service will be available in the Bronx and Brooklyn beginning on July 30. With Sprint 4G LTE, New Yorkers in these communities will experience faster speeds for surfing the Web for great Italian food options on Arthur Avenue or sending videos from concerts in Park Slope. As Sprint continues to make progress on its new 3G and 4G LTE network, customers in the Bronx and Brooklyn will find 4G LTE and enhanced 3G wireless service in even more places around their boroughs and beyond.

Wireless users in these parts of New York can make the most of summer fun by signing up with Sprint, the long-time leader in offering unlimited wireless services. Plus, with the groundbreaking Sprint Unlimited Guarantee, available with an Unlimited, My WaySM or My All-inSM plan, customers can get unlimited talk, text and data while on the Sprint network guaranteed for the life of the line of service1. In addition to the Bronx and Brooklyn, customers are finding 4G LTE in parts of Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens – which are expected to officially launch service in the coming months.

“Whether you’re uploading videos from your neighborhood in Brooklyn or sending photos to your friends, Sprint 4G LTE provides impressive wireless data speeds,” said Karen Paletta, regional vice president-Sprint. “We think that New Yorkers of every age and background, as well as customers of Sprint’s prepaid brands, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA will appreciate Sprint’s improved 3G service and 4G LTE.”

Sprint customers are enjoying the ability to use 4G LTE on a variety of different devices such as the new HTC® 8XT, Sprint’s first Windows Phone 8 device, the popular Samsung Galaxy S® 4 and HTC One®. “I’ve been a Sprint customer for three years,” said Bronx resident Noel Perez, “and I am very satisfied with the service. 4G is great in my area – sometimes better than my friends’ (service) on other companies. 4G keeps up with everything I do from surfing the Web to streaming music from Pandora and streaming movies.”

In more exciting news for Sprint customers in New York City, Transit Wireless and Sprint recently announced that the companies have finalized their contract to bring Sprint’s wireless voice and data service to the state-of-the-art wireless network in the New York subway system. Sprint has signed on to the full scope of the project – all 277 underground subway stations. Wireless customers of Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile can expect to begin receiving coverage underground in 36 stations in midtown Manhattan and Chelsea in early 2014. “New Yorkers love to use their mobile devices all the time to stay connected to friends and business associates around the city,” said Keith Dardis, regional vice president-Sprint. “We are excited to provide commuters, public safety representatives and first responders in the Bronx and Brooklyn the robust benefits of better 3G service and new 4G LTE – and, this network will continue to grow in New York City in the coming months.”

Sprint continues to bring a better wireless experience to more customers across the country as it builds out its all-new 3G and 4G LTE network and is projected to provide 200 million people with LTE by the end of 2013. 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 4G LTE, visit www.sprint.com/network. Customers are also encouraged to check www.sprint.com/coverage often because the maps are updated when coverage is expanded.

CONTACT(S):

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


or


Walter Fowler, 646-448-8180, 
walter.fowler@sprint.com

Cricket Debuts Muve Music 4.0 with Major Enhancements

Cricket Debuts Muve Music 4.0 with Major Enhancements SAN DIEGO, July 17, 2013 -- Cricket Communications, Inc. today announced a completely new design and improved functionality of its popular Muve Music application. The redesigned application, Muve Music 4.0, features faster performance with a new user interface that allows for even easier exploration of music and improved navigation. Users also now have immediate access to all the core features of Muve Music with the new sidebar navigation menu. Another improvement helps customers to instantly play their favorite song as soon as it begins downloading.

Since its commercial launch in January 2011, Muve Music has become one of the fastest-growing and leading on-demand digital music services in the United States. Nearly 1.7 million Cricket customers have Muve Music as part of their monthly rate plan.

In addition, this version of Muve Music does not require a special Muve Music SD card and will work with any SD card or an SD card may not be needed at all. Music will be stored internally on devices with more than 4GB of available internal memory and on the generic SD card for devices with less than 4GB of available internal memory. Customers' personal music, photos and videos will also be stored on the same memory.

Muve Music 4.0 is being offered on the: Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Discover, and the Samsung Galaxy Admire 2, and will come standard on all future Android based smartphones from Cricket.

"We are excited to bring this improved Muve Music application to our customers," said Tyler Wallis, senior vice president of product and marketing for Cricket. "Muve Music offers a unique music experience, and we are constantly working to enhance that experience for our customers. Muve Music 4.0 is another milestone in our effort."

Muve Music 4.0 also offers Muve Mixes, custom playlists made by Muve Music experts that customers can download to their song library. Muve Mixes are a great way to explore and discover new music.

The Sidebar navigation allows quick navigation around the Muve Music application with just a swipe of a finger. It can be used to reach the Muve Music home page for easy navigation to any of the application features.

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

Contact:

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

Cricket Announces Launch of the Samsung Galaxy Discover

Cricket Announces Launch of the Samsung Galaxy Discover SAN DIEGO — July 17, 2013 — Cricket Communications, Inc. today announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Galaxy Discover™. With access to popular apps, games, music and movies, the Galaxy Discover is an affordable smartphone option in the popular Galaxy series. The Galaxy Discover will be available at Cricket company-owned stores, dealers and at www.mycricket.com starting Sunday, July 21, 2013 for $129.99 (MSRP).

“The Samsung Galaxy Discover is the perfect mobile device to keep our customers in the loop with all of their friends. With a large 3.5-inch touch screen and a 3 megapixel camera, they’ll be able to capture, watch and share all the special moments,” said Matt Stoiber, senior vice president of devices for Cricket.

On the Galaxy Discover, Cricket will offer the latest version of Muve Music, which has been completely rebuilt to deliver a faster and better way to experience your favorite music. Newly designed sidebar navigation allows for quick access to all the features of the Muve Music app. With access to thousands of Android mobile apps through Google Play, customers will be able to stay on top of all their tasks and stay entertained. The panoramic capable 3 megapixel camera includes options for white balance, exposure, 4x zoom and color effects.

The Galaxy Discover is available on Cricket’s 3G all-inclusive smartphone rate plans starting at $50 for unlimited talk and text plus up to 1GB of full-speed data per month. The $60 smartphone plan contains up to 2.5GB of full-speed data per month and the $70 smartphone plan offers up to 5GB of full-speed data per month. With the $60 and $70 plans, customers can use their device as a hot spot to power additional wireless devices.

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

Cricket Announces Launch of the 4G Samsung Galaxy Admire 2

Cricket Announces Launch of the 4G Samsung Galaxy Admire 2 SAN DIEGO, July 17, 2013 — Cricket Communications, Inc. today announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Galaxy Admire 2. The Samsung Galaxy Admire 2 smartphone builds on the success and innovation of the Galaxy line, and is Cricket’s latest premium 4G/LTE capable smartphone but at an affordable price. The Galaxy Admire 2 will be available at Cricket company owned stores, dealers and at www.mycricket.com starting Sunday, July 21, 2013 for $269.99 (MSRP).

“The Samsung Galaxy Admire 2 is the perfect upgrade for customers looking for a superior smartphone that offers all of the power and speed of our 4G network,” said Matt Stoiber, senior vice president of devices for Cricket. “Cricket’s three smartphone rate plans start as low as $45 per month 1 and give customers value-packed choices for the plan that’s right for them with unlimited music included.”

Powering the device is a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor that provides an exceptionally fast user experience with CPU optimization to provide better battery life. Users will have enhanced connectivity with 4G/LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, Hotspot and Near Field Communications (NFC) for S Beam sharing. Samsung S Beam technology lets customers share photos, videos, documents and other media by merely touching the back of another S Beam-enabled device. The Admire 2 is also a savvy smartphone for business people with features like corporate email through Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, VPN capability and on-device encryption.

The Samsung Galaxy Admire 2 is available on Cricket’s 4G LTE Android Muve Music Double Data service plans that offer, for a limited time, double the monthly full speed data allowance offered in 3G rate plans. The $50 4G LTE Android Muve Music Double Data Rate Plan allows 2GB of full-speed data; the $60 plan allows 5GB of full-speed data and the $70 plan offers 10GB of full-speed data.

The Galaxy Admire 2 is also available on Cricket’s 3G all-inclusive smartphone rate plans start at $50 for unlimited talk and text plus up to 1GB of full-speed data per month. The $60 smartphone plan contains up to 2.5GB of full-speed data per month and the $70 smartphone plan offers up to 5GB of full-speed data per month. With the $60 and $70 plans, customers can use their device as a hot spot to power additional wireless devices.

Cricket 4G LTE service is now available in Philadelphia, Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, Corpus Christi and the Brownsville-McAllen-Harlingen market, Texas in addition to existing 4G LTE service in Las Vegas and Tucson. The company’s LTE service now covers approximately 21 million potential customers.

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

Sprint Offers Tri-band 4G LTE with MiFi 500 LTE by Novatel Wireless; Available on July 19

Sprint Offers Tri-band 4G LTE with MiFi 500 LTE by Novatel Wireless; Available on July 19 OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & SAN DIEGO, July 15, 2013 - Sprint and Novatel Wireless, Inc. today announced the Friday, July 19, availability for the latest addition to the award-winning MiFi® Intelligent mobile hotspot lineup, MiFi® 500 LTE by Novatel Wireless™.

MiFi 500 LTE is among the first tri-band devices to join Sprint’s family of mobile broadband devices providing access to Sprint’s 4G LTE network at 800MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz. MiFi 500 LTE includes Novatel Wireless’ advanced software enhancements to the MiFi Technology Platform that extend usage time through more efficient use of battery capacity, so MiFi users will be able to stay connected longer without re-charging – while keeping a sleek and lightweight design.

MiFi 500 LTE will be available on July 19 for $49.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade, two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate via reward card1, through www.sprint.com, 1-800-SPRINT1, retail stores and Business Sales.

Customers can activate their MiFi 500 LTE device on one of Sprint’s many mobile broadband data plans. Plans monthly prices, excluding taxes and fees, start at $34.99 for 3GB of combined 3G/4G data while on the Sprint network. Customers also can choose the $49.99 plan with 6GB of combined 3G/4G data (or $79.99 for 12GB of 3G/4G data).

“Sprint is thrilled to partner with Novatel Wireless to bring our customers the latest MiFi device that takes advantage of Sprint’s cutting-edge Network Vision technology,” said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “Whether it’s streaming music or video on multiple devices, browsing the Web, online gaming, or just catching up on email, the MiFi 500 LTE gives customers a secure, fast connection while providing access to all three of Sprint’s 4G LTE network bands.”

MiFi 500 LTE allows users to enjoy all of the features they love about the MiFi intelligent mobile hotspot and more, including:

• Advanced security

• Long battery life (averages 10 hours of use on a single charge)

• Compact and robust design

• Easy-to-use, intuitive device menu with critical details right at your fingertips

• GPS over Wi-Fi capability makes connecting to GPS applications a snap

• WPS makes connecting to certain devices even easier

• Quickly connect up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices, including laptops, mobile gaming devices and tablets

• Accurately check data usage from the user-friendly Web interface

Rob Hadley, chief marketing officer for Novatel Wireless, said, “Built on the Novatel Wireless patented MiFi technology with a legacy of best-in-class performance and security features, we’re excited to introduce the MiFi 500 LTE and support Sprint’s Network Vision roll-out with this tri-band 4G LTE device.”

The launch of devices like the MiFi 500 LTE, which can operate on three spectrum bands, celebrates yet another milestone in Sprint’s rollout of Network Vision. Network Vision represents a nationwide update of the Sprint network leveraging the 800MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz spectrum bands and using the newest, most-advanced equipment in the industry. Sprint plans to consolidate multiple network technologies into one seamless network with the goal of enhancing network coverage, improving call quality and increasing data speeds for customers.

Sprint 4G LTE currently reaches 110 markets. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, visit www.sprint.com/network. For detailed 4G LTE maps, visit www.sprint.com/coverage. Customers are encouraged to check back often because the maps will be updated whenever coverage is enhanced.

CONTACT(S):

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


Or


Novatel Wireless, 
Charlotte Rubin, 858-812-3431, 
crubin@nvtl.com

Get Ready to Experience Two of the First Tri-Band 4G LTE Devices from Sprint - NETGEAR Zing Mobile Hotspot and NETGEAR USB Modem - Available July 19

Get Ready to Experience Two of the First Tri-Band 4G LTE Devices from Sprint - NETGEAR Zing Mobile Hotspot and NETGEAR USB Modem - Available July 19 OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & SAN JOSE, Calif., July 15, 2013 - Sprint and NETGEAR® Inc. today announced July 19 availability of two of the first tri-band 4G LTE devices from Sprint, the NETGEAR® Zing Mobile Hotspot™ and the NETGEAR® 341U USB Modem. These devices are designed to bring customers improved network performance and stronger in-building coverage by taking advantage of 4G LTE deployment on Sprint’s network (at 1.9GHz 800MHzand2.5GHz).

The three bands of spectrum accessible on these devices will provide Sprint customers a high-quality, consistently fast 4G LTE network experience, whether they are sitting at their desks, catching up with friends at a coffee shop, or relaxing on vacation.

• 800MHz spectrum being added to Sprint’s LTE network later this year excels at in-building coverage. This spectrum has been repurposed for LTE as Sprint ceased operations June 30 of the Nextel National Network.

• Sprint’s 1.9GHz spectrum acts as the primary band in its 4G LTE nationwide build-out. Average performance falls in the range of 6-8Mbps, peaking at 25Mbps, for downlink and 2-3Mbps for uplink.

• 2.5GHz spectrum , which excels at broad-based, high-speed coverage, is expected to provide Sprint customers increased speeds and capacity in densely populated cities.

Customers will be able to purchase the NETGEAR Zing Mobile Hotspot for $49.99 (excluding taxes) after a $50 mail-in rebate via reward card2 and the NETGEAR 341U USB Modem for $19.99 (excluding taxes) after $50 mail-in rebate via reward card2. Pricing for both devices requires a new line or eligible upgrade, a two-year service agreement and can be purchased through www.sprint.com, Sprint retail stores, 1-800-SPRINT1 and Sprint Business Sales.

Sprint mobile broadband data plans for the Zing Mobile Hotspot start at $34.99 per month excluding taxes and fees for 3GB of combined 3G/4G data while on the Sprint network. For both the Zing Mobile Hotspot and the 341U USB device, customers can choose the $49.99 plan with 6GB of combined 3G/4G data or $79.99 plan with 12GB of 3G/4G data.

“The launch of devices like the NETGEAR Zing Mobile Hotspot and the plug-in 341U USB Modem that can operate on three spectrum bands is another milestone in Sprint’s rollout of Network Vision,” said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “These two devices are the perfect choice for customers who need mobile broadband to stay connected when working remotely or while traveling. When combined with one of the Sprint mobile broadband plans, they can save a significant amount of money compared to our competitors’ services.”

Three Network Bands, Two Devices, One Great User Experience

The NETGEAR Zing Mobile Hotspot is the first 4G LTE mobile hotspot from Sprint with international capabilities using GSM roaming. With this versatile device, Sprint customers can extend their experience beyond their laptops to up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as tablets, laptops, cameras, music players, personal media players and portable game consoles.

The device is also the first mobile hotspot from Sprint with a 2.4-inch LCD touchscreen display, offering the ability to drill down into the settings menu with just a tap of the finger to adjust settings like brightness, network settings and Wi-Fi options. It is simple to set up and connect with no software required and users can expect up to 10 hours of battery life with the 2,500mAh battery. The NETGEAR Zing Mobile Hotspot will be the first mobile hotspot that meets Sprint’s environmental specifications and marks an expansion of Sprint’s sustainability leadership beyond offering phones with eco-friendly attributes.

Sprint and NETGEAR worked closely together to extend the device’s environmental attributes, boasting a high recyclability rate (75 percent), minimal use of environmentally sensitive materials, and 100 percent recyclable packaging. Sprint will continue to work with other manufacturers to achieve similar environmental attributes for hotspot products going forward.

“NETGEAR’s core value is to strive toward making the Internet fast and simple to access,” said Michael Clegg, senior vice president of Service Provider Business at NETGEAR. “This is something that is built into all of our leading-edge wireless products. We are very excited to be working with Sprint to launch these two products, which align with both Sprint’s and NETGEAR’s missions and values. Sprint’s customers can now get the best network connection available to them in any location and continue to enjoy the freedom of mobile broadband.”

For those who prefer a plug-in option, the NETGEAR 341U USB Modem will be the first tri-band 4G LTE-capable USB modem from Sprint. This small yet powerful device features a built-in LCD display to monitor connection status, signal strength and data usage with a quick glance. With no installation CD required or startup delay, the NETGEAR 341U USB Modem makes it easy to stay productive on-the-go without having to constantly hunt for public Wi-Fi. Other great features include integrated GPS for location-based services, and a unique foldaway USB swivels 180 degrees.

Sprint offers 4G LTE service in 110 markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and Puerto Rico. Additionally, many customers are discovering Sprint 4G LTE in cities that haven’t yet officially been announced, including Washington, D.C., New York and San Francisco.

For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, visit www.sprint.com/network. For detailed 4G LTE maps, visit www.sprint.com/coverage. Customers are encouraged to check back often because the maps will be updated whenever coverage is enhanced.

CONTACT(S):

Media Contacts:


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


or


Weber Shandwick for NETGEAR
, Jeff Norris, 408-530-8458
, Jnorris2@webershandwick.com

Just In Time for Summer Fun – Take a Dip with the Waterproof Kyocera Hydro Edge

Just In Time for Summer Fun – Take a Dip with the Waterproof Kyocera Hydro Edge OVERLAND PARK, Kan., July 11, 2013 - Sprint will offer the submersible Kyocera Hydro Edge beginning on Friday, July 19, and Boost Mobile will offer the device starting Tuesday, July 23, without a contract. Kyocera Hydro Edge, which can be submerged in up to 3.28 feet of water for up to 30 minutes, is part of the new Hydro series of waterproof Android smartphones and builds on the popular Kyocera Hydro, which has been a top seller at Boost Mobile since its launch in August 2012.

Bringing this feature-rich smartphone to both Sprint and Boost Mobile gives customers the choice in how they pay for their devices and their monthly service plans:

• Sprint customers will benefit from days at the beach filled with pictures, videos and posts without worrying about overages thanks to Truly UnlimitedSM data, text and calling to any mobile phone with no metering, no throttling, and no overages, all while on the Sprint network. Hydro Edge will be available for just $19.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement after a $50 mail-in-rebate via reward card1 in all Sprint retail channels, including Web Sales (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1).

• Boost Mobile customers who choose to pair their device with a no-annual-contract2 option will benefit from Boost Mobile’s $55 Android Monthly Unlimited plan with Shrinking Payments. For every six on-time payments, the cost of Boost Mobile’s Monthly Unlimited plan shrinks by $5, eventually getting down as low as $40 a month for unlimited nationwide talk, text and picture messaging, Web3, email and calls to 411. Payments do not need to be consecutive to qualify for the next savings milestone. Hydro Edge will be available from Boost Mobile for $149.99 (excluding taxes) at Boost Mobile’s exclusive retail stores, select independent wireless dealer locations nationwide and www.boostmobile.com with free shipping. It will be available in early August at select Boost Mobile national retail locations.

Boost Mobile is offering Hydro Edge for pre-order starting today at www.boostmobile.com/hydroedge. This marks the first time a device has been offered to Boost Mobile customers through pre-order.

“There is a definite demand for waterproof devices as shown by more than a million Kyocera Hydro smartphones sold by Boost and the nearly 2 million Kyocera Dura Series devices for Sprint Direct Connect, making it the most popular Kyocera product line ever sold by Sprint,” said David Owens, Sprint vice president-Product Development. “Hydro Edge helps reduce the worries of water damage during a day at the beach or a day on the job without having to spend extra money on a waterproof case. With the power of Android™ Jelly Bean and a 4-inch capacitive impact resistant touchscreen, Hydro Edge helps our customers stay connected and get things done.”

In addition to being waterproof, Kyocera Hydro Edge boasts the following features:

• Android 4.1, Jelly Bean

• 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon® processor

• Smart Sonic Receiver technology – improves audio in noisy environments

• 4-inch capacitive, impact-resistant touchscreen display

• 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and video camera

“We're continuing to see growing demand for waterproof phones that can survive the accidents life throws at us," said Eric Anderson, senior vice president and general manager of global sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications Inc. "Hydro Edge builds on the success of the original Kyocera Hydro and adds some great extra features, such as Smart Sonic Receiver, to make a very attractive, affordable Android smartphone. It's a must-have device for staying connected while lying around the pool or going to the beach this summer."

To support the growing need for data, Sprint is rolling out a new 3G/4G network designed to provide faster data speeds, improved call quality and easier connectivity. Sprint expects customers to benefit with better wireless signal strength, in-building coverage and fewer drops/blocks. For the most up-to-date information on Sprint network coverage, please visit sprint.com/coverage.

Please visit kyocerasmartphones.com/hydro-edge for more information.

CONTACT(S):

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


or


Boost Mobile, 
Danielle Babbington, 949-748-3418, 
danielle.babbington@sprint.com


or


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

Idaho Company to Deploy 4G Wireless Throughout South Eastern Idaho

Idaho Company to Deploy 4G Wireless Throughout South Eastern Idaho POCATELLO, Idaho, July 2, 2013 -- Syringa Wireless has selected Ericsson as the technology provider for their 4G LTE wireless platform. The company’s 4G deployment is currently underway and will be available to customers in October. Utilizing the Ericsson platform, Syringa Wireless will provide high-speed wireless broadband services to residential and business customers, mobile devices, and LTE switching services to other regional wireless carriers.

Syringa Wireless is a fully integrated wireless provider in Idaho and the availability of this new platform further demonstrates this locally-owned and operated company’s growth and commitment. The addition of LTE to the Syringa Wireless line-up provides many benefits to their customers and to the communities they serve.

• LTE provides both businesses and consumers with high-speed wireless alternatives to existing Internet options • LTE technology provides access speeds that often out-perform DSL or Satellite options • Wireless Broadband can be added to existing wired solutions to provide an affordable fail-over solution for businesses

In some of Eastern Idaho’s rural areas, bandwidth comes at a premium and is often too slow to meet the growing demands of businesses and community services such as hospitals and schools. Syringa Wireless will deliver LTE services at speeds up to 20 megabits per second (mbps) to meet increasing bandwidth demand.

Said Scott Dike, General Manager for Syringa Wireless, “Business has become increasingly dependent on broadband access to remain competitive in a global economy. Our LTE services will provide local businesses with the broadband speeds and service flexibility to meet their growing bandwidth needs.”

Steven K. Berry, President and CEO of Competitive Carriers Association, said, “I am delighted that Ericsson is working with Syringa Wireless to help them deploy LTE services. To continue to compete and thrive in the industry, competitive carriers must find a pathway to 4G/LTE services, and partnering with innovative companies like Ericsson will help ensure carriers can achieve this important goal.”

The Syringa Wireless LTE services will be available late fall 2013. Businesses and residential customers who are interested are encouraged to contact the company early to secure their accounts in advance.

For more information, please visit: www.syringawireless.com