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Pittsboro consumers can do more with wireless

Posted Wednesday, May 2, 2007

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Extended network coverage, faster data speeds and new devices let Pittsboro customers check email, download large files and music and send video

Pittsboro, NC - Whether in Pittsboro, Raleigh, Greensboro or Winston Salem, Sprint customers in North Carolina can do more with wireless thanks to a faster mobile broadband network. With Sprint’s newest (EV-DO Revision A) technology, along with a wide variety of devices, customers can check and send email with large file attachments, download music and access robust location-based solutions.

Sprint took a big step forward this month by upgrading its network in more than two dozen markets across the country, including several cities throughout North Carolina including the Triangle and Triad areas. This more robust technology is already available in Charlotte. Sprint now reaches more than 193 million people in over 9,600 cities and covers 880 airports with its faster mobile broadband technology (EV-DO Rev. A) and is on track to upgrade the vast majority of its mobile broadband network to the faster technology by year-end.

“Customers in many cities throughout North Carolina can experience the nation’s largest mobile broadband network in more places with faster speeds than ever before, and we are not finished improving the customer experience,” said Craven Shumaker, area vice president for Sprint. “This year, Sprint is continuing investments to enhance its powerful networks and expand mobile broadband coverage across the nation. That’s on top of the more than $100 million that Sprint spent in North Carolina in 2006. Sprint is committed to letting our customers do more with wireless.”

On average, customers can experience significantly faster upload speeds of 350-500 Kbps (compared with 50-70 Kbps on current EV-DO networks) and download speeds of 600 Kbps-1.4 Mbps (from 400-700 Kbps.) on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network. To compare these Rev. A speeds against the speed of their current connection, Internet users can visit www.sprint.com/speedtest.

In December 2006, Sprint’s upgraded mobile broadband network was awarded the coveted PC Magazine Editor’s Choice Award selected by a panel of PC Magazine editors, and leading industry experts.

The upgraded Sprint Mobile Broadband Network is now available in the following cities throughout North Carolina:

Greensboro, NC – coverage includes major metropolitan area of Greensboro including Asheboro, Burlington, Elkin, High Point, Thomasville, Kernersville, Lexington, Mocksville, Mount Airy, Reidsville, Stokesdale, Winston Salem and Yadkinville.

Raleigh, NC – coverage includes major metropolitan area of Raleigh including Apex, Cary, Chapel Hill, Clayton, Clinton, Durham, Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, Henderson, Oxford, Pinehurst, Pittsboro, Rocky Mount, Sanford, Smithfield, Southern Pines, Wake Forest and Wilson.

Additional cities coming on air with EV-DO Rev. A this month include:
Atlanta, Ga.; Austin, Texas; Birmingham, Ala.; Columbus, Ohio; Corpus Christi, Texas; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Des Moines, Iowa; Fort Myers, Fla.; Hawaii*; Houston, Texas; Indianapolis, Ind.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Little Rock, Ark.; Louisville, Ky.; Memphis, Tenn.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans, La.; Oklahoma City/Tulsa, Okla.; Omaha, Neb.; Rio Grande Valley, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; St. Louis, Mo.; Tallahassee and Tampa, Fla.

Sprint Mobile Broadband (EV-DO Rev. A-capable) Devices
Mobile professionals can use their laptops in more places and send and receive large data files using Sprint’s newest EV-DO Rev. A-capable USB modem – the Sierra Wireless Aircard 595U, which is available in all sales channels including retail. The device is priced as low as $79.99 with a two year subscriber agreement and $50 mail-in rebate.

Sprint offers a variety of other EV-DO Rev. A-capable devices including three PCMCIA cards (Novatel S720, Sierra AC595 and Pantech PX-500); an Express Card (Novatel EX720) and two USB modems (Novatel U720 and Sierra AC595U). Sprint also offers a variety of laptops, handheld computers and modules embedded with these more robust capabilities.

Sprint customers using any of the current Novatel devices can perform location-based searches that offer navigational support. The basic Sprint location and search usage is included as part of Sprint’s flexible data and unlimited data connection card plans.

Data Plans
In an effort to provide customers the best value in wireless broadband, customers signing a two-year Sprint subscriber agreement can receive unlimited data usage for $59.99 per month (no separate voice plan required and no additional discounts apply.) Other individual service plans for mobile broadband devices range from $39.99 per month for 40 MB to $79.99 per month for unlimited data usage with a one year subscriber agreement. Rates apply to all Sprint Mobile Broadband customers and do not change in areas that have been upgraded to EV-DO Rev. A.

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More Information
For local market coverage maps and more information on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, such as service plans and devices, visit www.sprint.com/mobilebroadband.

*Market previously announced


About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks serving 53.1 million customers at the end of 2006; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone.

 
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