Business Mobility Benefits Follow Expansion of Sprint Power Vision(SM) Mobile Broadband Service
* Service now in 141 major markets and over 250 airports covering more than 90 million people (143 Million by year-end)
* New devices bring variety to remote access solutions
* Industry’s best value pricing includes free card offer
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — 11/08/2005, Enterprise customers are seeing new business mobility benefits as Sprint (NYSE: S) continues an aggressive build-out of its Power Vision(SM) high-speed network. Launched in July, the Power Vision EV-DO (evolution, data optimized) wireless service has expanded to more than 141 major markets and more than 250 airports nationwide, and will be accessible on various devices to about 150 million people in over 220 major markets by early 2006.
With increased coverage and new devices, Sprint helps enterprises to wirelessly enable mobile workers and others who desire information access on the go. “Our customers are rapidly gaining new means and places to be productive,” remarked Vicki Warker, Sprint vice president for business solutions marketing. “With our network momentum we’re adding millions of people to our network coverage area weekly. The Power Vision network meets the remote connectivity needs of the mobile broadband customer and will help widen Sprint’s industry leadership in wireless data.”
Among the early beneficiaries is American Republic Insurance of Des Moines, Iowa, which began a pilot program using Sprint’s Power Vision service. “Our initial results were exceptional and we are reviewing rolling out the technology to 500 field sales people who often go to customers’ homes,” said Randy Cairns, assistant vice president for distributed technology. “Having online access when talking to prospective customers is a big benefit. With average connection speeds of between 480 Kbps and 960 Kbps, our sales people have excellent response times and are more productive. We haven’t run into a single issue and have been pleased with the low cost and ease of the mobile broadband data deployment.”
Sprint’s mobile broadband service, devices and applications can change how and where business is done while providing the additional advantage of the industry’s best value pricing. Various devices provide users faster speeds to download e-mails and leverage mobile applications when in Power Vision (EV-DO) coverage areas, such as the Sprint PCS VisionSM Smart Device (PPC- 6700, the only Windows Mobile 5.0 smart phone on the market) and laptop connection cards from Novatel Wireless and Sierra Wireless. A third card manufactured by UT Starcom, the Sprint PCS connection card (PC-5740), will become available later this month. Flexible pricing plans start at $39.99 per month or $59.99 monthly for unlimited access (with a voice subscription) coupled with a free connection card offer until Dec. 31, 2005. *
“Sprint’s high-speed wireless offering can bring measurable benefits to businesses in terms of remote access and improved productivity,” commented Gene Signorini, director, Yankee Group. “There’s more to broadband wireless as a foundation for business mobility. Sprint has also been aggressive in providing the applications and services that rest on the network foundation, which business customers need to fully realize the transformational power of wireless.”
The Sprint Power Vision Network is based on state-of-the-art EV-DO CDMA technology. Users with EV-DO capable devices will be able to access wireless data at average download speeds of 400-700 kbs and a peak rate of up to 2 Mbs. EV-DO is up to 10 times faster than the current Sprint Nationwide PCS network. Sprint Power Vision mobile broadband information can be found at http://www.sprint.com/wirelesshighspeeddata.
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*New $59.99 Promotional Plan
The new promotion providing unlimited data service for $59.99 per month is available to new and existing Sprint customers (both business and consumer customers) who sign a 2 year service agreement on an Unlimited Data Plan along with any nationally available voice plan from Sprint. This limited time offer is available through Sprint business sales channels and in Sprint Retail stores. Customers without a voice plan can receive the Unlimited Data Plan for $79.99/mo.
In addition to the Unlimited Data Plans, Sprint also offers the Flexible Data Plan starting at $39.99/month for 40 MB of data. On the Flexible Data Plan additional usage is charged at $.001 per kilobyte. After reaching $89.99 dollars of usage, additional usage is free. (A two year service agreement is required for Business customers, a one-year service agreement is required for Consumer customers)
FREE Connection Card
Available now through 12/31/05, Sprint will also provide free Wireless High-Speed Data (EV-DO) connection cards to business customers who sign a 2 year service agreement and select the $59.99 Unlimited Plan or the $79.99 Unlimited Plan. Non-business customers can receive the card for $99.99 after rebates.
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