Sunday, Oct. 2, will be a key milestone in Sprint history – the company is launching Sprint Direct Connect service!

Sprint Direct Connect is loaded with broadband data capabilities, familiar push-to-talk features, rugged and reliable handsets, and a broadening push-to-talk coverage map expected in early 2012.

With Sprint Direct Connect, Sprint’s 3G data network and enhanced push-to-talk platform will deliver instant calls, increased push-to-talk reliability, and support for cutting-edge data apps. Sprint’s broadband speeds will allow customers to experience the latest in apps, such as enterprise business productivity applications, social and multimedia support, and even advanced push-to-X capabilities in the future.

The upgraded push-to-talk platform plays a big role in enabling Sprint Direct Connect enhancements and expanded coverage footprint capability. This press release goes into detail on all the great features that Sprint Direct Connect offers to anxious customers.

In the fourth quarter, Sprint will begin offering three new Sprint Direct Connect devices:

  • Kyocera DuraMax - available Oct. 2 for $69.99 with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade, and after a $50 mail-in rebate via a reward card. The handset has a rugged exterior and non-slip Dura-Grip surface, a 2.0-inch QVGA TFT main display, 3.2 MP camera with flash and camcorder, and is designed to meet Military Standard 810G for dust, shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, blowing rain and water immersion (up to 30 minutes in one meter of water).
  • Kyocera DuraCore - a rugged phone built to meet Military Standard 810G specifications to withstand tough environments; expected to launch by year-end.
  • A Sprint Direct Connect Android device by Motorola - expected for fourth quarter.

FierceMobilIT and Engadget commented recently on the news of the announcement.

The next generation of the popular BlackBerry® Curve™ smartphone lineup, BlackBerry Curve 9350, comes to Sprint on Sunday, Oct. 2, for $79.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement, after a $50 mail-in rebate via reward card1. It will be available in all Sprint sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Web Sales (www.sprint.com).

 

Sprint Business customers may qualify to get BlackBerry Curve 9350 for $49.99 (excluding taxes) on a business account with a new line or eligible upgrade and new one- or two-year service agreement.

 

The BlackBerry Curve 9350 smartphone features a sleek and professional look in a slim, lightweight form factor. It is built on the next generation BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry® 7, a performance driven operating system designed to deliver a faster and easier communication, multimedia and productivity experience.

 

With easy access to social networking sites like Facebook®, Flickr®, MySpace and Twitter® and smooth integration, BlackBerry Curve 9350 allows users to keep up to speed on what’s happening both personally and professionally.

 

BlackBerry Curve offers a full QWERTY keyboard and trackpad for navigation and keeps users connected by allowing them to share moments through pictures and videos via MMS, as well as by instant message with world-class IM services like BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger).

 

Key features include:

  • BlackBerry App World™, the official app store for BlackBerry smartphones offering customization, fun and productivity
  • Near Field Communications (NFC) support for a secure exchange of information between NFC-enabled devices
  • 5MP camera with flash and zoom
  • 512MB RAM
  • 2GB microSD card included, with support for up to 32GB microSD cards
  • BlackBerry® PlayBook™ support with BlackBerry Bridge™ (BlackBerry Bridge is available as a free download on BlackBerry App World)
  • Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR support

 

Enhancing the Experience with BlackBerry 7

With BlackBerry 7, the BlackBerry Browser is significantly enhanced to provide a faster and more fluid user experience and includes optimized HTML5 performance for incredible gaming and video experiences.

 

Building upon the Universal Search feature introduced in BlackBerry 6, BlackBerry 7 expands the capability to include voice-activated search. This new capability makes it easier and more convenient to search for content on the smartphone or web.

 

BlackBerry 7 also integrates BlackBerry® Balance™, which separates personal content from corporate content, giving users the freedom and flexibility to use the smartphone for personal email, Facebook, Twitter, multimedia, games and other apps, while satisfying the very real need for corporate data to be highly secure and manageable. BlackBerry Balance works in conjunction with BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 5.0.3, which provides a number of unique IT policy controls, such as wiping only corporate data or blocking work-related content and apps from being copied or forwarded to personal contacts.

 

Related Links:

http://community.sprint.com/baw/community/sprintblogs/announcements/blog/2011/09/08/blackberry-curve-9350-availability-shifted-to-october-for-sprint-customers

http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=2016

http://newsroom.sprint.com/news/blackberry-curve-9350-fact-sheet.htm

http://community.sprint.com/baw/community/sprintblogs/announcements/blog/2011/08/23/affordably-priced-blackberry-curve-9350-with-blackberry-7-comes-to-sprint-sept-9-for-7999

 

1The American Express Prepaid Reward Card (“Card”) provided in connection with this Rebate offer is a prepaid Card that is usable at U.S. merchants that accept American Express Card. Some limitations apply. 1The American Express Prepaid Reward Card (“Card”) provided in connection with this Rebate offer is a prepaid Card that is usable only at U.S. merchants that accept American Express Cards. Some limitations apply. Offer valid only in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The Card is not redeemable for cash (except where required by law) and does not provide ATM access. Use of Card constitutes acknowledgement that it is given as a reward and no consideration, value, or money has been paid by the holder to American Express in exchange for this Card. USE OF CARD IS SUBJECT TO THE CARDHOLDER AGREEMENT. SUBJECT TO APPLICABLE LAW, A $3.00 MONTHLY FEE WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST CARD BALANCE, STARTING SIX MONTHS AFTER CARD ISSUANCE. Card expires 6 years after the date of issuance if not depleted before. For BALANCE, customer service and Cardholder Agreement, visit americanexpress.com/sprint or call 1-866-608-3756. Card issued by AEPCMC under license from American Express Prepaid Card Management Corporation, Travel Related Services Company, Inc.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited.

You’ll be seeing a lot more of Sprint if you live in the Houston area. Sprint is now the exclusive wireless provider for the fourth most populous city in the country, providing wireless services to 27 of Houston’s departments, including the mayor’s office, public works, police and fire departments, and health and human services.

Sprint will supply cellphones, push-to-talk devices, emergency communications and data services for most city departments. Houston Mayor Annise Parker signaled the importance of the contract by having a Sprint satellite truck parked next to City Hall to demonstrate emergency communications capabilities and by sending her council liaison around to give council members a look at the phones they’d be issued in an emergency.

Sprint is pleased to serve the city of Houston after being selected on this landmark occasion.

Press Release

Kansas City Business Journal article

If you have questions about the update, please visit our discussion thread, where we can provide answers.

 

Sprint HTC Arrive™ users will begin receiving an invitation soon to update their phones to the latest release of Windows Phone, code-named Mango today. The new release of Windows® Phone keeps pace with the many different ways people connect and share – whether it’s calls, texts, emails, IMs, tweets, check-ins or posting tagged photos or status updates.

 

Sprint will be among the first carriers to deliver the update to customers. It will take several weeks for all Sprint customers to be offered the opportunity to update.

 

Users will receive a notification that an update is available via their phone and will need to connect to their PC to download the update via Zune® software or connect to their Mac and download via the Connector for Mac software.

 

When you are ready to update your software:

  1. Use the USB cable to connect your phone to your computer. (If Zune or Connector are not installed, you will be prompted to install it when you connect your phone to your computer. Just follow the on-screen instructions.)
  2. On the home screen, you will see a phone icon in the lower left corner indicating that an update is available; click on the Update to launch the backup and update process.
  3. The computer will check for available software updates and if one is available, you will see the message: An update is available for your phone; click the Update button.
  4. You will see an Update Your Phone screen on your computer; click Update Now.
  5. As your phone is being updated, you will see an Update in Progress screen on your computer and an icon on your phone showing a phone connected to a computer. Do not use or disconnect your phone until the software update is complete. If your phone is locked, you may be prompted to unlock it by entering the PIN code to complete the software update.
  6. During the update, your phone will reboot.
  7. Once the update is complete, you will see a Successful Update message on your computer; click the Finish button, and you can now disconnect your phone from the computer.

 

Some of the new features Mango offers include:

  • Threads – Switch between text, Facebook chat, and Windows Live Messenger within the same conversation.
  • Groups – Group friends,      family, co-workers into personalized Live Tiles to see the latest status updates right from the Start screen and quickly send a text, email or IM to the whole group.
  • Hands-free messaging – Built-in voice-to-text and text-to-voice support enables hands-free texting or chatting.

 

Mango brings improved app notifications and updates on the HTC Arrive Start screen, and only Windows Phone connects apps to your searches making them easier to discover and use.

  • App Connect – By further integrating apps into Windows Phone Hubs, including Music + Video and Pictures, Mango allows apps to pop up when needed.
  • Improved Live Tiles – Get real-time information from apps without having to open them by pinning them to the Start screen. Live Tiles can now be bigger and more interactive.
  • Multitasking – Quickly switch between apps in use and allow apps to run in the background while preserving battery life and performance.

 

It also adds a mobile version of Internet Explorer 9 that leverages built-in phone capabilities, like location awareness and the camera to supply more relevant search results, local info, and suggestions.

  • Internet Explorer 9 – The power of a PC-browser plus support for HTML5 and hardware acceleration graphics. This means you can quickly and easily share web pages with Social Networks directly from within the browser. No copy and paste required.
  • Bing on Windows Phone offers more ways to search the web with voice and music search and Bing Vision, which uses your phone’s camera to look up product info.
  • Local Scout – Provides hyper-local search results and recommends nearby restaurants, shopping and activities in an easy-to-use guide powered by Bing™.
  • Quick Cards – When searching for a product, movie, event or place, see a quick summary of relevant information, including related apps.

Mango also builds deeper social network integration for HTC Arrive. Twitter and LinkedIn feeds and built-in Facebook check-ins are now integrated into contact cards, while new face detection software makes it easy to quickly tag photos and post to the web.

 

HTC Arrive also gets a Linked Inbox that allows the user to see multiple email accounts in one linked inbox if they choose. Conversations are organized to make it easy to stay on top of the latest mail.

 

Mango offers built-in support for Microsoft® Office 365 and a free Lync Mobile app for HTC Arrive. Additionally, Mango offers added functionality for organizations to make the most efficient use of resources, allowing IT departments to use existing infrastructure to manage phones or distribute their own applications using Targeted App Distribution in Marketplace.

 

If you have questions about the update, please visit our discussion thread, where we can provide answers.

 

Related Links:

http://newsroom.sprint.com/news/htc-arrive-fact-sheet.htm

http://community.sprint.com/baw/community/sprintblogs/announcements/blog/2011/02/24/first-windows-phone-7-device-for-sprint-htc-arrive-available-beginning-march-20-for-19999#comment-27672

Fared Adib, vice president of Product at Sprint

“Sprint is thrilled to be the first carrier in the U.S. to offer Google Wallet. Nexus S 4G is the first to receive new versions of Android software, and today’s upgrade puts the near-field communications, or NFC, chip in the phone to work so customers can have a secure virtual wallet on their phone. NFC capabilities on smartphones open the door to a new level of convenience and security.”  

 

 

With Google Wallet, an app now available to all Sprint customers with a Nexus S 4G, you can tap-to-pay at hundreds of thousands of participating retailers including American Eagle Outfitters, the Container Store, Macy’s, Best Buy and Subway, among others.

 

Sprint and Google today announced the rollout of Google Wallet to all Nexus S 4G customers. Sprint is the first carrier and Nexus S 4G is the first phone in the United States to deliver this innovative service that lets you transform your phone into your wallet.

 

We’ll keep you posted as this app becomes available for other customers. In the meantime, here is more information about what it is, how to get it and how to use it:

 

What is Google Wallet?

Google Wallet is a free Android app that stores virtual versions of your credit cards, offers and loyalty cards right on the one device you always have with you – your phone. At launch today, Google Wallet supports Citi® MasterCard® credit cards and the Google Prepaid MasterCard, powered by First Data. Google plans to support additional cards in the future.

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Google Wallet is designed to enable safe, secure payments. It requires users to set up a Google Wallet PIN that must be entered before making a purchase to prevent unauthorized access and payments.

 

Watch a video of Google Wallet in action here.

 

Osama Bedier, vice president of Payments at Google

“The world is on the brink of the next big shift in payments and today’s announcement demonstrates that we’re making real progress in attaining the vision we share with our partners for a new and innovative mobile payments platform. We believe this is just the beginning of a transformation that’s soon to come.”

 

How to Get It

Eligible Sprint Nexus S 4G customers will be prompted to download the latest version of Android software. Once this download is complete, customers can launch the Wallet app to try it.  

 

Where You Can Use It

To find a participating merchant, customers can use MasterCard’s PayPass locator app for Android or visit http://www.google.com/wallet/where-it-works.html.

 

 

More information:

For more information on Google Wallet on Nexus S 4G from Sprint, read the press release at http://bit.ly/o2HXDV and visit www.sprint.com/googlewallet.

Google Wallet FAQs: http://www.google.com/wallet/faq.html

LG Optimus S™ from Sprint will receive the Android 2.3, Gingerbread, update through an over-the-air maintenance release beginning today, September 14, 2011.

 

Beginning today, Sprint will send update notifications to users in waves.  The notification will let users know the update is available and provide the simple two-step, over-the-air download instructions.

 

  1. Users will receive a notification that Android 2.3 is available for download.
  2. Once the user has downloaded the update, they will be prompted to install the update. The user will be notified that their device will be disabled during the installation process. The phone will be ready to use once the process completes.

 

This update includes:

  • New on-screen keyboard. The standard keyboard has been greatly improved with faster input and more intuitive typing. The cut-and-paste feature has also been improved.
  • Streamlined user interface. New color schemes and various UI changes make Android more consistent and simpler to use.
  • Application and power management. Android 2.3 provides better insight into what is running in the background and the amount of memory and CPU time it is using. A task killer has been added.
  • Download management. All downloads from the browser, email and other apps can now be viewed and controlled from a single location.
  • General enhancements for performance improvements. 

 

The software release upgrades LG Optimus S to Android 2.3, Gingerbread. This version of Android improves download management through the Downloads application, offering the user easy access to any file downloaded from the browser, email or another application.

 

Related Links:

LG Optimus S Gingerbread update discussion thread

http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1664

http://newsroom.sprint.com/news/lg-optimus-s-fact-sheet.htm

http://newsroom.sprint.com/news/sprint-id-fact-sheet.htm

When the car is moving, keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel – not on your mobile phone.

 

Sprint has a longstanding commitment toward raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. We work with our employees, schools, nonprofit organizations, product developers and others to combat texting while driving and to promote responsible driving.

 

These efforts are especially important for teen drivers. One of our latest initiatives involves Sprint Drive First, a new application that automatically locks a mobile phone when a car is moving faster than 10 mph, disabling phone functionality, directing incoming calls to voice mail and silencing distracting alerts for emails and text messages.

 

Reporters from around the country checked out the Drive First app recently and shared how it can help keep everybody safe on the roads. You can watch and read by checking out the "What others are saying" section below.

 

David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint

“Sprint Drive First is another action Sprint is taking to encourage its customers to use their phones responsibly behind the wheel. We want to help our customers arrive at their destination. Texting while driving makes drivers four times more likely to crash their car. The person you want to call or text will be there when you get done with your drive; we want to make sure that you are, too.”

 

 


Details about Sprint Drive First:

•          Shortly after the car exceeds 10 mph – determined using GPS and cell tower triangulation – the app locks the mobile phone.  If the driver is using the phone when Sprint Drive First engages, the call will end and the phone lock screen will appear. Anyone texting the driver will receive an automated message indicating the person they texted is driving. The message is customizable by the account holder.

 

 

•          A locked device displays a home screen with exit and emergency 911 buttons to override the app. Sprint Drive First can be overridden if the user is a passenger in a car, on a bus or train, but the parent or account holder can choose to receive notifications when the service is overridden.

 

 

•          When the application no longer detects movement it unlocks and full device functionality resumes. Sprint Drive First takes into account stop-and- go traffic, so the driver must be sitting idle for a few minutes before the app unlocks.

 

 

How to get Sprint Drive First:

•          Sprint Drive First, powered by Location Labs, now is available on all Sprint CDMA Android™ powered smartphones for $2 per month per phone. It will be offered on BlackBerry® devices and other operating systems in coming months.

 

•          Parents start by registering for an account at www.sprint.com/drivefirst. The website will provide detailed instructions for obtaining the app.

 

 

Tasso Roumeliotis, CEO of Location Labs

“Location Lab’s goal is to empower today’s parents with the tools they need to better protect their families. Our collaboration with Sprint not only addresses distracted driving but makes the Drive First technology widely accessible, offering Sprint subscribers an easy way to gain peace of mind when their loved ones are on the go.”


Dangers of Distracted Driving

•          According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving and of those killed in distracted-driving-related crashes, 995 involved reports of a mobile phone as a distraction (18 percent of fatalities in distraction-related crashes).

•          The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group – 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving. (NHTSA)

 

 

Sprint Initiatives against Distracted Driving:

Since 2005 Sprint has worked on behalf of its customers and employees on the issue of distracted driving – including sponsoring national and local driver safety programs for teenagers and adults; releasing a distracted driving pledge for Sprint customers and employees; and developing a robust portfolio of distracted driving mobile applications and resources for general and business consumers.

 

•          More information on Sprint’s distracted driving efforts can be found at sprint.com/focusondriving.

•          Take the Pledge "I will engage in safe driving practices by avoiding risky behaviors like texting or e-mailing while I am operating a motor vehicle. When I'm behind the wheel, I will keep my focus on driving."

 

What others are saying:

 

Watch reporters at local news stations around the country – from L.A. to Kansas City - talk about Sprint Drive First:

 

WANE-TV (Fort Wayne, Indiana)

Atlanta WXIA-TV (NBC)

KTLA

KSHB-TV (NBC)  

KMBC-TV (ABC)

 

Read what reporters have to say about distracted driving and how Sprint Drive First can help:

 

 

Fitness Magazine: “Considering many of us (myself included!) have a massive multitasking habit, this app could be a lifesaver.” 

 

New York Times: “Smartphones have led to more distracted driving. They’re also helping to mitigate it with a host of new apps aimed at shutting down a driver’s device.”

 

Consumer Reports: “Whether you choose to use an app or turn the phone off yourself, talking or texting behind the wheel is risky behavior. It endangers yourself and creates risks to others.”

 

Today Show / MSNBC: “Does your child text? Does he or she drive? Chances are they’re doing both at the same time… Fortunately there are solutions that automatically kick in when the car starts rolling.”

 

Cars.com: “If you worry about your teen texting and driving or even talking on their cell phone and driving, Sprint has an application for you. Its Drive First app automatically locks out most smartphone functions while driving.”

 

Kansas City Star: “Need to stop Junior from texting and talking when those hands ought to have a 10-and-2 grasp on the steering wheel and those eyes need to be fixed on the road?

Sprint has trotted out the latest app designed to discourage phones from distracting drivers from the business at hand.” 

 

LAPTOP: “Although text messaging is banned for all drivers in 34 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, it is still a continued problem throughout the country.”

 

 

More information:

Sprint News Release: “Sprint Drive First Application Helps Parents Combat Distracted Driving”

In addition to the video above about Drive First, B-roll is also available by contacting Amy Johnsonbaugh at amy.johnsonbaugh@sprint.com or 949-748-3389.

The security of individuals’ voicemail inboxes has been in the news a lot recently, and Sprint wants you to feel confident that your voicemail messages are secure. When you activate your voicemail inbox you are required to establish a passcode. It is important that you select a strong passcode.

 

A strong passcode should be a random selection of numbers (at least 4 but up to 10 digits). It should be difficult for someone to guess. You should not use:

•          Simple passcodes; e.g., 1234, 5555, etc.

•          Readily known personal information: zip code, street address, DOB, or the birthdays of family members.

•          Any portion of your phone number.

 

You can add another layer of protection by using your passcode even when you access voicemail from your handset. (This is the default setting when you activate your voicemail inbox.) Sprint allows customers the choice to bypass their passcodes when accessing their voicemail inboxes from their handsets, but there is a security risk if you choose to do so. Caller ID spoofing, while illegal, allows individuals to mimic calls from your handset and, if you allow your passcode to be bypassed, spoofing your number will allow someone access to your voicemail messages.

 

Maintaining a passcode – and a strong passcode – can significantly decrease the chances of someone accessing your voicemail messages without your knowledge.

 

Please visit an information page on our website for more information.

Due to unexpected circumstances, Sprint shifted the launch of the BlackBerry® Curve™ 9350 smartphone beyond the planned Sept. 9 availability date. It will now go on sale in October with a specific availability date shared at a later time.

 

The next generation of Research In Motion’s (RIM) popular BlackBerry Curve series of smartphones, BlackBerry Curve 9350, offers the latest BlackBerry operating system – BlackBerry® 7. It is a fast, affordable, easy-to-use, full-featured and socially connected smartphone.

 

BlackBerry Curve 9350 offers a full QWERTY keyboard and trackpad for easy one-handed navigation and keeps users connected by allowing them to easily share moments through pictures and videos via MMS, as well as by instant message with world-class IM services like BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger). With easy access to social networking sites like Flickr®, MySpace and Facebook®, this smartphone provides smooth integration to keep users up to speed on what’s happening in their personal and professional lives.

 

Key features include:

  • BlackBerry App World™, the official app store front for BlackBerry smartphones offering customization, fun and productivity
  • Near Field Communications (NFC) support for a secure exchange of information between NFC-enabled devices over a very short distance
  • 5MP camera with HD video capture, flash and zoom
  • 512MB RAM
  • 2GB microSD card included, with support for up to 32GB microSD card
  • BlackBerry PlayBook support with BlackBerry Bridge™ (BlackBerry Bridge is available as a free download on BlackBerry App World)
  • DataViz Docs To Go® Premium suite preloaded, for editing Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files from anywhere
  • Wi-Fi® (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR support

 

Related Links:

http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=2016

http://newsroom.sprint.com/news/blackberry-curve-9350-fact-sheet.htm

http://community.sprint.com/baw/community/sprintblogs/announcements/blog/2011/08/23/affordably-priced-blackberry-curve-9350-with-blackberry-7-comes-to-sprint-sept-9-for-7999

Enter to win a Samsung Galaxy S™ II Epic™ 4G Touch via @Sprint Twitter contest (Click here for contest rules).

 

Sprint will be the first in the U.S. to launch a Samsung Galaxy S™ II product with the Sept. 16 availability of Epic 4G Touch and we want to share that excitement by offering you a chance to win an Epic 4G Touch.

 

To enter, send a reply to @Sprint Twitter handle explaining why you would like to win an Epic 4G Touch with the following hashtag: #IWantAnEpic4GTouch. (Click here for contest rules).

 

Customers will benefit from a large screen which will offer a vibrant viewing experience delivering the best picture quality at the fastest speeds available. Samsung Epic 4G Touch features a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen and one of the fastest 1.2GHz dual-core processors available in a sleek ultra-thin design. Visit www.sprint.com/epictouch for more information.

 

Epic 4G Touch is one of the thinnest smartphones, measuring just 0.38 inches thick. Its Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen display delivers brilliant colors with the most contrast, providing a vivid and crisp viewing experience. It is built on Android™ 2.3, Gingerbread, and powered by one of the fastest dual-core processors, the new Samsung Exynos™.

 

Other features include:

  • Dual cameras: 8MP,      rear-facing camera/camcorder with auto-focus and flash that shoots video      in 1080p HD high profile and 2MP, front-facing camera ideal for      self-portraits or video chat
  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot      capable, supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices on the Sprint 3G or      4G network
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/a      capable
  • Visual Voicemail
  • Enterprise functionality      provides support for exchange device management policies, offers increased      security of data and services and enables mobile conferencing while on the      go

 

Epic 4G Touch requires activation on one of the Sprint Everything Data plans starting at $69.99 per month plus a required $10 per month Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. The Mobile Hotspot option is available for an additional $29.99 per month supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously (pricing excludes taxes and surcharges).

Sprint filed a lawsuit today in opposition to AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile USA.

 

“Sprint opposes AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile,” said Susan Z. Haller, vice president-Litigation, Sprint. “With today’s legal action, we are continuing that advocacy on behalf of consumers and competition, and expect to contribute our expertise and resources in proving that the proposed transaction is illegal.”

 

Sprint contends that the proposed takeover is against the interests of U.S. consumers, competition and the economy.

 

The proposed takeover would:

•          Harm retail consumers and corporate customers by causing higher prices and less innovation. 

•          Entrench the duopoly control of AT&T and Verizon, the two "Ma Bell" descendants, of the almost one-quarter of a trillion dollar wireless market. As a result of the transaction, AT&T and Verizon would control more than three-quarters of that market and 90 percent of the profits. 

•          Harm Sprint and the other independent wireless carriers. If the transaction were to be allowed, a combined AT&T and T-Mobile would have the ability to use its control over backhaul, roaming and spectrum, and its increased market position to exclude competitors, raise their costs, restrict their access to handsets, damage their businesses and ultimately to lessen competition.

 

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in the District of Columbia, was brought against AT&T, Inc., AT&T Mobility, Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile. It seeks to block the proposed acquisition as a violation of Section 7 of the Clayton Act. 

 

Last week the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suit in federal court to block AT&T’s proposed takeover. Sprint filed its lawsuit as a related case to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) suit.

 

More information:

Sprint.com/Competition: “AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile would turn back the clock on wireless competition”

Sprint Press release: “Sprint Files Suit to Block  Proposed AT&T and T-Mobile Transaction”

Today, Sprint launched “Bubble Mania,” an online video that puts a fresh spin on the flash mob concept. This is the first Sprint online video in 3D – also available in 2D – and documents 10 bubble artists as they surprise an unsuspecting group of children and adults at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

 

In this video, several incognito park-goers, dressed all in black, create thousands of gigantic bubbles to the great amusement of children and adults visiting the park.

 

The video showcases the potential of an HTC EVO 3D device and provides inspiration for Sprint users to capture, upload and share their own on-the-go experiences while using 4G speeds.

 

“Bubbles Mania” can be viewed in 3D by following doing one of the following:

1. Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gmnw_SY8DLY on your 3D handheld device, such as HTC EVO 3D, and watch the video without 3D glasses.

2. With red and blue/cyan glasses, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uj_z2bBLEA on any computer, tablet, TV and any other devices capable of viewing YouTube.

3. With active or passive glasses, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uj_z2bBLEA on any 3D capable computer, tablet, TV and any other devices capable of viewing YouTube.

 

This video ties in with the video series, EVO 3D: Basics of 3D, which provides a funny look at how to make your own videos in 3D such as “How to Act in 3D,” “How to Direct Animals in 3D,” and “How to Cry in 3D.”

 

Watch “Bubble Mania” and if it inspires you, create your own. Share your thoughts, feedback and video on YouTube, Sprint Community or Twitter using the keyword, #3Dbubbles.

 

Related Links:

Bubble Mania – 3D version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uj_z2bBLEA

Bubble Mania – 2D version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htzfY_cEKoQ

Bubble Mania – Mobile version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gmnw_SY8DLY

Behind the scenes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sKta-J84ak

Sprint YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/sprintnow

EVO 3D: Basics of 3D: http://www.youtube.com/user/sprintnow#grid/user/00D20DFF55A29C21

HTC EVO 3D: www.sprint.com/evo3d

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