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First Successful Commercial LTE Roaming Launch In Latin America

First Successful Commercial LTE Roaming Launch In Latin America SAN JOSE, Calif. – October 29, 2013 – Aicent, a leading provider of mobile data network services and solutions for global mobile operators, today announced the successful deployment of its LTE roaming exchange with 10 Latin American and Caribbean mobile operators, including the first commercial LTE roaming deployment by a mobile operator in Brazil. Aicent’s next generation LTE roaming exchange solution provides operators instant access to the largest global network of interconnected LTE operators and the ability for mobile subscribers to access all of their LTE services when they roam to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Highlights:

• With over 10% of the world’s mobile subscribers, Latin America is one of the fastest growing mobile markets. Aicent currently provides roaming connectivity to over 50 global mobile operators including coverage in 8 Latin American countries, creating the largest LTE roaming footprint in Latin America and the Caribbean; in addition, to the first commercial operator deployment in Brazil designed to help support the upcoming World Cup in 2014 and Summer Olympics in 2016.

• Aicent’s solution provides a powerful and reliable, managed IP network ecosystem built upon a proven IPX network infrastructure and designed to deliver 4G services including voice, data, and video all with superior quality, guaranteed security, and assured interoperability between operators over a single connection.

Supporting Quotes:

Louie Abonador, General Manager, Latin America and Caribbean, Aicent

“Over the next several years, Latin America and Brazil in particular, will be a focal point of the world stage hosting a series of high level events expected draw an immense amount of global visitors along with their mobile devices. These visitors will expect a seamless and quality user experience over LTE when they travel beyond their home networks. As the world’s largest IPX provider, Aicent’s experience in LTE roaming is unparalleled and our growing global network of LTE operators, will offer visitors traveling to Latin America a continuous and high quality LTE mobile experience.”

Sprint Expands LTE Coverage Map and Turns on More 4G LTE Markets

Sprint Expands LTE Coverage Map and Turns on More 4G LTE Markets OVERLAND PARK, Kan., October 29, 2013 - Sprint today turned on 4G LTE service in 45 more markets to provide an enhanced customer experience with faster data speeds in more places where customers use their mobile device to access the Internet, upload photos, watch videos, and check social networking sites.

Today’s announcement also signals a major expansion of enhanced 3G service, improving coverage, signal strength and call quality. The new 4G LTE service is also now available in parts of Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island, N.Y. Earlier this year, Sprint launched its all-new network in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

With an expanding all-new 4G network across the country plus the groundbreaking Sprint Unlimited Guarantee, business people, first responders, public safety officials and consumers can get unlimited talk, text and data while on the Sprint network guaranteed for the life of the line of service.i

45 more 4G LTE markets today

• Abilene, Texas

• Adrian, Mich.

• Albany/Corvallis, Ore.

• Ardmore, Okla.

• Athens, Texas

• Auburn/Opelika, Ala.

• Cape Coral/Fort Myers, Fla.

• Clovis, N.M.

• Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

• Columbia/Ellicott City, Md.

• Eagle Pass, Texas

• Elizabethtown, Ky.

• Farmington, Mo.

• Fort Polk South, La.

• Fort Smith, Ark.

• Frankfort, Ky.

• Greenville/Mauldin/Easley, S.C.

• Greenwood, S.C.

• Jacksonville, Texas

• Janesville, Wis.

• Jefferson City, Mo.

• Kirksville, Mo.

• Lafayette, La.

• Lakeland/Winter Haven, Fla.

• Laurel, Miss.

• Lexington, Ky.

• Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

• Milledgeville, Ga.

• Naples, Fla.

• New Haven, Conn.

• Odessa, Texas

• Paris, Texas

• Pensacola, Fla.

• Picayune, Miss.

• Red Bluff, Calif.

• Rolla, Mo.

• Santa Ana/Anaheim, Calif.

• Spokane, Wash.

• Stevens Point, Wis.

• Tallahassee, Fla.

• Texarkana, Texas - Texarkana, Ark.

• Tyler, Texas

• Valdosta, Ga.

• Warner Robins, Ga.

• Waycross, Ga. Sprint already offers 4G LTE in such major cities as Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. With today’s announcement, Sprint now provides LTE service in 230 markets across the country, including New York City, providing one more reason for first responders, public safety officials, consumers and business people in the most competitive market in the world to choose Sprint.

“Today’s announcement means that we are continuing our nationwide network enhancements, tower by tower, to provide even more Sprint customers the speed and power of Sprint 4G LTE,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network, Sprint. “Our advanced equipment on the new 3G and 4G LTE network provides service you can count on with faster download speeds and also provides state-of-the-art, compact and energy-efficient multimodal equipment.” Sprint was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the fourth consecutive year and was the first U.S. telecommunications company to commit to reducing its greenhouse emissions 20 percent by 2017.

Sprint customer service earns top awards

Additionally, Sprint has greatly improved the customer experience during 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 measured, during the last five years. According to the Reputation Institute, Sprint is the only U.S. telecommunications company whose reputation improved from 2012 to 2013, with scores trending upward across each of the seven reputation dimensions measured.

When you combine Sprint’s top-notch customer service with one of Sprint’s powerful 4G LTE devices – such as the popular Samsung Galaxy S® 4 and Samsung Galaxy Note® 3 or the Moto X™ – it’s easy to see that Sprint is the best choice in wireless. And now, with the Sprint Unlimited Guarantee, customers on an Unlimited, My WaySM or My All-inSM plan are guaranteed unlimited talk (calls to any wireline or mobile phone), text and data while on the Sprint network, for the life of the line of service. i

Customers of Sprint’s industry-leading prepaid brands, Virgin Mobile USA and Boost Mobile, also benefit from the new network and expanded 4G LTE service. The Sprint 4G LTE network is also offered through 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’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, visit www.sprint.com/network.

CONTACT(S):

Sprint 
Kelly Schlageter,703-592-8809 
Kelly.A.Schlageter@sprint.com
or


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

iPad Air Coming to Bluegrass Cellular

iPad Air Coming to Bluegrass Cellular United States, Elizabethtown, Kentucky—October 25, 2013—Bluegrass Cellular today announced that iPad Air with Wi-Fi + Cellular will be available in the U.S. in the coming weeks. Bluegrass Cellular will offer iPad Air with a range of attractive data plans that will allow customers to connect to its fast nationwide 4G LTE network with speeds up to 12 megabits per second (Mbps).

For more information on iPad please visit http://www.apple.com/ipad.

Syringa Wireless Empowers Idaho Parents with Launch of New Service

Syringa Wireless Empowers Idaho Parents with Launch of New Service POCATELLO, Idaho, October 24, 2013 -- Syringa Wireless has announced it will be offering content filtering services in conjunction with the release of their 4G LTE Fixed Wireless broadband service in November--giving Idaho families a proven, real-time option for keeping questionable content out of the home and better protect their families online.

The Family Friendly Internet option from Syringa Wireless is backed by Barracuda Networks, a worldwide leader in security, application delivery and data protection solutions. Its award-winning content filtering application minimizes exposure to inappropriate online content using real-time monitoring of 95 content categories covering some of the highest risk websites on the Internet.

Customers interested in experiencing the benefits of the Family Friendly Internet service can enroll in the 4G LTE Fixed Wireless pilot program scheduled for November. Family Friendly Internet will be provided free of charge to those who participate in the pilot program. The offering is the first of its kind in Idaho, and eliminates the need for families to purchase a standalone content filtering solution in addition to a broadband service subscription.

"Our LTE wireless broadband pilot program is a great option for those looking for an affordable broadband solution. The addition of content filtering makes this service a perfect fit for families in our community," says Scott Dike, General Manager for Syringa Wireless. "Parents often find it challenging to manage their children's online experiences--this unique service will help them meet that challenge."

4G LTE Services is expected to be available for Syringa Wireless mobile offerings by the end of 2013.

See http://www.syringawireless.com/familyinternet/ for availability in your area and to participate in the pilot program. Pilot program participants are eligible to receive free Internet services for one year.

For more information, please visit: www.syringawireless.com or on Twitter: @SyringaWireless

Businesses Can Go Paperless with Canvas Mobile Forms from Sprint

Businesses Can Go Paperless with Canvas Mobile Forms from Sprint OVERLAND PARK, Kan., October 24, 2013 - Sprint today announced that Canvas’s industry-leading mobile business application platform is now available to Sprint business customers. Canvas is a cloud-based software service that allows businesses to replace paper forms with efficient mobile forms and apps that can be used on smartphones and tablets, as well as computers. Canvas works on all smartphones and tablets available from Sprint including the recently introduced Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, an incredibly portable Android-based tablet with a 7” screen that makes it easy for mobile employees to get work done.

More than just digital forms, Canvas unlocks the productivity of smartphones and tablets with GPS functionality, image capture, bar code scanning, electronic signatures and access to business data such as parts catalogs and customer records. Canvas helps businesses transition from their existing paper-based processes to digital ones, by letting them choose and customize content from its vast library of more than 10,000 mobile business apps which include inspection forms, work orders, surveys and other business-related documents. Additional product information is available at the Sprint Biz App Marketplace or by calling 877-746-8249 . Sprint business customers can also calculate their potential savings using Canvas’s ROI tool.

“Our customers are looking for ways to reduce costs, simplify operations and make employees more productive,” said Wayne Ward, vice president–Business and Product Development, Sprint. “Paper is one of the most ubiquitous tools in business as it’s used in just about every business function. Re-examining paper consumption is an incredible opportunity to streamline business operations. We are very excited to offer our business customers the Canvas mobile business platform with the added efficiency of including the service on their Sprint bill.”

“Canvas has automated our manual facility inspections saving us time and money,” said David Conrad, vice president–IT, Parkway Corporation. “Our employees have easy access to inspection forms and find that filling them out and submitting them is easy and efficient.”

Facts about Canvas:

On average, customers save up to 75% on cost of paper and achieve productivity savings of $3,800 per user.

To date, Canvas has automated millions of manual processes and replaced over 40 tons of paper for businesses.

“With Canvas, Sprint business customers can quickly and easily boost their productivity, eliminate paper-based processes and improve their company's operating efficiency,” said James Quigley-chief executive officer, Canvas. “We are proud to be working with Sprint as they look to provide the most innovative business solutions to their wireless subscribers.”

Sprint Network Vision

To support the growing need for data, Sprint is rolling out a new network designed to provide faster data speeds, improved quality and easier connectivity. Sprint expects customers to benefit with better wireless signal strength and fewer drops/blocks. Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in 2012 and now offers service in 185 markets. For the most up-to-date information, please visit www.sprint.com/coverage.

CONTACT(S):

Media:


Sprint
, Randy Spolter,703-592-8507, 
randal.spolter@sprint.com

Sprint to Offer iPad Air on Friday, November 1

Sprint to Offer iPad Air on Friday, November 1 OVERLAND PARK, Kan., October 22, 2013 - Sprint, the long-time leader in offering unlimited wireless services, today announced that it will offer iPad Air with Wi-Fi + Cellular on Friday, November 1, and iPad mini with Retina display with Wi-Fi + Cellular later in November. Sprint will offer these new iPads with a range of attractive data plans that will allow customers to connect to its fast 4G LTE network.

"iPad Air combines with Sprint’s powerful 4G LTE network and our aggressively priced rate plans to bring customers an outstanding tablet experience,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. “Sprint currently provides 4G LTE in 185 markets and we expect to extend that to more than 200 million people by the end of the year. With tablet plans starting at just $5 per month, our customers will appreciate the exciting features available on this new device beginning on November 1."

iPad Air features a stunning 9.7-inch Retina display in a new thinner and lighter design. Precision-engineered to weigh just one pound, iPad Air is 20 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than the fourth generation iPad, and with a narrower bezel the borders of iPad Air are dramatically thinner—making content even more immersive. iPad mini with Retina display brings all the pixels from the 9.7-inch iPad to its 7.9-inch screen, delivering razor sharp text and detail in the same amazingly thin and light design. The new iPads feature the powerful and power-efficient Apple-designed A7 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture, ultrafast wireless with faster built-in Wi-Fi and expanded LTE cellular connectivity, and the newly-designed iOS 7 featuring hundreds of great new features.

Customers can buy iPad Air with Wi-Fi + Cellular at all Sprint retail locations beginning on November 1. For complete details on pricing, please visit www.sprint.com.

For more information on iPad, please visit www.apple.com/ipad.

CONTACT(S):

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

Sprint to Bring Unlimited Data Experience to HTC One max

Sprint to Bring Unlimited Data Experience to HTC One max OVERLAND PARK, Kan., October 14, 2013 - Sprint, the long-time leader in offering unlimited wireless services, today announced it will offer the HTC One max smartphone on the Sprint network later this year.

David Owens, head of Product, Sprint, issued the following statement:

“Over the years, Sprint has teamed up with HTC to bring our customers some of the most innovative devices in smartphone history. I am pleased to see our relationship continue to grow as we launch the newest addition to the HTC One family, HTC One max. With the dynamic features available on this device, we know customers will be enjoying heavy amounts of data. Sprint customers will have the peace of mind of not having to worry about data caps or overage charges. While other wireless providers move away from unlimited service, Sprint stands behind its commitment with Sprint Unlimited Guarantee, allowing our customers to lock-in unlimited talk, text and data, while on the Sprint network, not for just the next two years, but for the life of the line of service.1”

CONTACT(S):

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

Messaging Plus Makes it Easier Than Ever for Sprint Customers to Connect and Share with Friends and Family on any Carrier

Messaging Plus Makes it Easier Than Ever for Sprint Customers to Connect and Share with Friends and Family on any Carrier OVERLAND PARK, Kan., October 14, 2013 - Connecting with family and friends just got easier for Sprint customers with the launch of Messaging Plus on select iPhone and Android™-powered smartphones. Messaging Plus, powered by cloud communications company Jibe Mobile, lets customers use a single application to connect with family and friends on any wireless carrier in the United States, Canada and Mexico via text, instant messaging, group messaging, and video chat, as well as sharing of photos and videos. Sprint is the first national wireless carrier to enable cloud-based enhanced messaging features that can be downloaded on select smartphones for consumer use with multiple carriers.

Messaging Plus is free and easy to install on iPhones and Android-powered smartphones. Customers simply download it to their device from Sprint Zone, Sprint.com, Google Play or the Apple App Store. Once the application is installed, Sprint customers with Messaging Plus can invite their family and friends to download the application from Google Play or the Apple App Store to their device to enable all the messaging features across carriers in a single application.

“Messaging Plus is another industry first for Sprint and another example of our countless innovations that enable customers to do more with their wireless device,” said Wayne Ward, vice president-Business and Product Development, Sprint. “We are excited to bring all messaging capabilities into one easy-to-use application. And, we are pleased to be able to grow the use of the technology by having Messaging Plus users invite their contacts on any carrier in the United States to download it to their device. It makes it simple and convenient for everyone to connect with friends and family the way they want.”

Today, Messaging Plus is available for download onto the following devices:

• HTC EVO 4G LTE

• HTC One

• iPhone 4

• iPhone 4S

• iPhone 5

• Samsung Galaxy S3

• Samsung Galaxy S4

• Samsung Galaxy Victory

• Samsung Note 2

Moving forward, Messaging Plus will be pre-loaded on all Android-powered smartphones.

“Working together, Sprint and Jibe Mobile have redefined the communications experience consumers should expect from their mobile operator, providing everyone in North America with video chat, group messaging, and sharing on both their iPhone and Android smartphone,” said Amir Sarhangi, CEO, Jibe Mobile.

CONTACT(S):

Sprint, 
Kristin Wallace, 404-649-8222, 
Kristin.c.wallace@sprint.com 


or


Jibe Mobile
, Jeff Lettes, 408-406-1161, 
jlettes@globalmediastrategy.com

HTC One Coming to Bluegrass Cellular Friday, Oct. 11

HTC One Coming to Bluegrass Cellular Friday, Oct. 11 ELIZABETHTOWN, KY. (Oct. 11, 2013) – Another industry-leading smartphone is coming to Bluegrass Cellular this week. The HTC One, HTC’s latest award-wining device, will be available to Bluegrass Cellular customers Friday, Oct. 11.

“What’s great about the HTC One is how easily it supports your lifestyle,” said Barry Nothstine, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Bluegrass Cellular. “The photography features are some of the best we’ve seen yet. It’s a stunning product, and I’m certain our customers will love it.”

One of the ways the HTC One supports users’ lifestyles is with BlinkFeed™, a live-updating news feature. BlinkFeed streams real-time social, photo, news and entertainment updates right to the phone’s home screen, meaning users need no longer search for recent stories or social posts.

“It’s a really simple way to stay connected with your community,” said Nothstine. “And it’s all customizable. You can choose what kind of news or social updates you want to see, and BlinkFeed will automatically pull it to your phone.”

In addition to BlinkFeed, the HTC One has a number of unique features, such as BoomSound™, the smartphone industry’s first front-facing stereo speaker system. With built-in amplifiers and Beats Audio™ technology, the HTC One produces clearer, louder sound in music, videos and games.

When taking photos in the phone’s HTC Zoe™ mode, users can capture up to 20 pictures and a 3-second video with the single click of a button. The photos are then transformed into a living photo gallery, complete with moving images and HD clips. The HTC One’s custom-made UltraPixel camera also offers enhanced 360-degree panoramas, time sequencing and object removal.

Starting Friday, Oct. 11, the HTC One will be available to Bluegrass Customers for $199.99 with a two-year agreement. Additional information regarding HTC One features and pricing will also become available Oct. 11 at bluegrasscellular.com.

Easily Portable, 4G LTE Capable, 7-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Arrives at Sprint on Oct. 11 for Just $49.99

Easily Portable, 4G LTE Capable, 7-Inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Arrives at Sprint on Oct. 11 for Just $49.99 OVERLAND PARK, Kan., October 07, 2013 - A small device can offer big-time productivity for a business and fun for the whole family. So today, Sprint announced Samsung Galaxy Tab® 3 7.0 will be available on Friday, Oct. 11, with a special introductory price of $49.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement. Customers will be able to purchase this versatile new tablet in all Sprint sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Sprint Business Sales, Web Sales and Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1. Initially, Galaxy Tab 3 will be available in White, but a Midnight Black version will also be available for the holidays.

The 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 features Android™ 4.2, Jelly Bean, Sprint 4G LTE, where available, a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera with video capture and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat. Sprint customers can add a data plan for Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 to their account for as little as $5 per month (excluding taxes and surcharges). Customers can also take advantage of Sprint One UpSM, a new upgrade program that gives customers the ability to upgrade their smartphone every 12 months.

“You can’t go wrong with the incredible special offer we developed for Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 that allows customers to purchase one of the best tablets available at the easily affordable price of $49.99 and add it to their account starting at only $5 per month,” said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “With a bright and colorful display and access to the Sprint 4G LTE network, Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 rounds out Sprint’s robust device portfolio to ensure that we offer a tablet or smartphone that will meet anyone’s needs. Business users will appreciate the big-time productivity features of this easily portable tablet, while consumers will appreciate its portability and versatility for communicating with friends and family, entertainment and gaming.”

Simple and Convenient

Buying a tablet for the first time? Galaxy Tab 3 makes it easy for a first-time tablet owner or experienced user.

• Galaxy Tab 3 has a similar look and feel to Galaxy smartphones, so users find it intuitive to use.

• Connect to loved ones from afar using the clear 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera on Galaxy Tab 3 for video chat in Google Talk, Skype and more. • Samsung Hub™ makes it easy to buy music, books, movies and games with a full library of content powered by some of the biggest names in entertainment on Galaxy Tab 3. The apps can also be accessed freely on any Galaxy device.

• Enjoy access to more than a million apps from Google Play™. Already own apps on a Galaxy smartphone? Then easily access all those already purchased apps or download more on Galaxy Tab 3.

Enjoy Some Downtime

Managing a household and relaxing at home have never been easier. Galaxy Tab 3 includes a variety of features that make it easy to relax and enjoy some free time.

• Samsung WatchON™ is the ultimate TV and movie app – recommending programming based on personal tastes. Built with the same IR blaster as a standard TV remote, Galaxy Tab 3 can be used as a universal remote control for almost any TV or DVR, so users can change the channel directly from the tablet. When paired with a Samsung Smart TV, users can enjoy a seamless experience between Galaxy Tab 3 and TV – start a movie on the TV and continue watching it on Galaxy Tab 3.

• Galaxy Tab 3 offers a brilliant display, making it a favorite device for game lovers.

• Small enough to take anywhere1 and large enough to easily read, Galaxy Tab 3 makes it easy to relax with a good book or magazine with access to some of the top bookstore apps.

Get Work Done

Galaxy Tab 3 is incredibly portable, making it easy for the mobile workforce to get work done when away from the office or meeting with customers.

• Polaris® Office is preloaded, allowing users to edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files from anywhere.

• Group Play™ lets users share a game, photo album or presentation in real time with multiple friends on select Samsung devices using Wi-Fi®.

• Samsung for Enterprise (SAFE™) ensures that businesses have the security and control they require to protect the company.

• Quickly and easily access corporate email, meeting details, contact information and other critical information.

• Securely store sensitive proprietary documents, presentations and other corporate data on a mobile device.

• Wirelessly and securely access data from a corporate network while travelling or working in the field.

• Employees using their personal smartphones in a company’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program remain mobile, secure and compliant with remote management of applications and device features that meet company-specific security requirements.

• 3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot capability supporting up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously.2

Sprint continues to bring a better wireless experience to customers across the country as it builds out its all-new 3G and 4G LTE network. Sprint now provides 4G LTE service in 185 markets nationwide and is aiming to provide LTE to 200 million people 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, 
Mark Elliott, 603-621-4511, 
mark.j.elliott@sprint.com

Pinsight Touch from Sprint to Enable Dynamic NFC Capabilities to Businesses and Their Customers

Pinsight Touch from Sprint to Enable Dynamic NFC Capabilities to Businesses and Their Customers OVERLAND PARK, Kan., October 03, 2013 - Sprint today announced the availability of Pinsight Touch, a nationwide, open platform for securely storing and accessing credentials on a mobile device, opening up new possibilities for the transit, access and payment verticals. Pinsight Touch offers a direct path for credential issuers to enable their own branded applications with Near Field Communication (NFC) and to share secured access to those credentials with other trusted applications, creating opportunities for increased distribution and wallet share.

Sprint has joined forces with Sequent, leveraging their technology platform to make it easy for application developers to add NFC functionality into the branded mobile applications consumers already use. To further support growing the value of issuer and merchant mobile applications, Sprint has tied-in Pinsight Media+, the mobile media company powered by Sprint. Pinsight Media+ incorporates a suite of media tools into the Pinsight Touch program which can assist issuers and merchants in driving the discoverability of their mobile applications and maximizing customer acquisition.

“Pinsight Touch provides businesses with the flexibility to offer innovative technologies without having to compromise their brand and their relationships with customers,” said Evan Conway, vice president, monetization and strategy – Pinsight Media+. “Transit, access and payment companies will now have a better way to connect with customers via their own mobile apps and services.”

By incorporating Pinsight Touch, issuers have greater control over customer adoption from within their existing applications already being used by millions of consumers. Unlike the current models for NFC services, where extra hardware, additional applications and sensitive customer authentication questionnaires are often needed to onboard a customer, Pinsight Touch is able to significantly streamline the onboarding process.

Because many Sprint phones are already “Touch-enabled,” millions of customers will be able to turn on NFC credential usage by simply saying “yes” to an opt-in question from their favorite issuer application. Trusted issuer applications are able to leverage their existing authentication and offer an easy upgrade path for consumers to adopt NFC. Sprint currently offers many NFC-enabled devices, with more expected later this year and in 2014.

CONTACT(S):

Sprint
, John Votava, 949-748-3403, 
john.votava@sprint.com

4G LTE Wireless Service Now Available from Copper Valley Telecom

4G LTE Wireless Service Now Available from Copper Valley Telecom On Monday, September 30th, Copper Valley Telecom turned on 4G LTE wireless data at ten of its cell sites in Valdez, Prince William Sound, and Cordova, making the company the first to provide 4G LTE over a cellular network in the region.

Wireless carriers categorize data speeds using the terms 3G, 4G, and 4G LTE, with 4G LTE representing the fastest speeds available in the industry. 3G typically provides between 1 and 1.5MB download speed. 4G technology typically gives a consumer 5 times more speed than 3G. 4G LTE often conveys speeds of 10-15MB.

“We are a small carrier relative to most of our competitors, but we have delivered 4G LTE data to consumers in our region before any of these larger carriers,” said Dave Dengel, the company’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our commitment to this region and our extensive knowledge of its unique weather and terrain give us an important advantage.”

Copper Valley’s 4G LTE coverage extends throughout the city of Valdez, along the Richardson Highway as far as Robe River Subdivision, along the Alaska Marine Highway route to Cordova, around Naked Island, Shoup Bay, and Tatitlek, and throughout Cordova including downtown, Whitshed Road, and the Copper River Flats.

Dengel also stated, “A key component of our 4G LTE deployment was to secure the best possible coverage for our customers when they travel. Residents of our region are extremely mobile – they travel frequently to Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley, Fairbanks, Hawaii, and throughout the continental U.S. Our roaming partnerships with key national and regional carriers means that our customers will now have access to the largest 4G LTE network in the nation.”

The company is currently working on plans for upgrading more sites throughout the region to 4G LTE in 2014.

Contact: Joanne Winney or Tabitha Gregory, 907-835-2231