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Consumer Electronics Show - 2011 Blog

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At CES 2011 in Las Vegas today, Research In Motion and Sprint today announced plans to launch a new BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet that will feature access to the blazingly fast Sprint 4G network. BlackBerry 4G PlayBook will be the first BlackBerry PlayBook model to include Wi-Fi® and Sprint 4G, giving customers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G1. It is expected to be available this summer.

BlackBerry 4G PlayBook will redefine the possibilities of mobile computing, giving users an ultra-portable design with industry leading performance, uncompromised Web browsing, true multitasking and HD multimedia, as well as advanced security features and out-of-the-box enterprise support.

Together, BlackBerry 4G PlayBook and the Sprint 4G network will provide a high-performance platform that will enable a mobile services revolution for both application developers and customers.  BlackBerry 4G PlayBook features a 1 GHz dual-core processor and the new BlackBerry Tablet OS, the ultra portable, ultra thin tablet will offer an uncompromised, high-fidelity Web experience with support for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1, Adobe® Mobile AIR® and HTML-5 enabling customers to enjoy all of the sites, games, media and richness of the full Internet, delivered at 4G speeds. Additional features and pricing will be available closer to availability.

Sprint 4G is currently available in 71 markets2 across the country, including Atlanta, San  Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York City. Sprint first launched 4G in Baltimore in September 2008 and since then has delivered a robust portfolio of 4G devices, including smartphones, USB connection cards, notebook/netbook products, mobile hotspots and routers, that are currently being used by consumers and businesses across the country. For more information, visit www.sprint.com/4G.

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Executive Quotes

Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion

"RIM believes a significant portion of the tablet market will want a higher performing, multitasking, professional grade tablet and that is why we chose to design the BlackBerry PlayBook for premium performance with a powerful dual-core processor and multi-core OS. Together with Sprint, we are now building on that performance advantage with 4G and providing an unparalleled mobile experience for users."

Steve Elfman, president of network operations and wholesale for Sprint.

We are excited to bring this powerful product to our business customers and consumers who rely on Sprint for industry-leading devices as well as one of the best values in wireless.”

“This device is a great example of Sprint’s strong partnership with RIM continuing to bring enterprise customers powerful devices. We are confident that Sprint’s BlackBerry 4G Playbook will be one of the most anticipated devices in the new year.”

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1 "Up to 10 times faster" based on download speed comparison of Sprint 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.4 Mbps); vs.Sprint 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary by plan or based on other factors .

2 Sprint 4G is now available in 71 markets: California – Los Angeles, Merced, Modesto, Sacramento, San Francisco, Stockton, Visalia; Colorado – Denver; Connecticut – Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven; Delaware – Wilmington; District of Columbia – Washington; Florida – Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa; Georgia – Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii – Honolulu, Maui; Idaho – Boise; Illinois – Chicago; Maryland – Baltimore; Massachusetts – Boston; Michigan – Grand Rapids; Minnesota – Minneapolis-St. Paul: Missouri – Kansas City, St. Louis; New Jersey – New Brunswick, Trenton; New York – New York, Rochester, Syracuse; Nevada – Las Vegas; North Carolina – Charlotte, Greensboro (includes High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (includes Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); OhioCincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus; Oregon – Eugene, Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania – Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading, York; Rhode Island – Providence; Tennessee – Nashville; Texas – Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco, Wichita Falls; Utah – Salt Lake City; Virginia – Richmond; and Washington – Bellingham, Seattle, Tri-Cities, Yakima.

  

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Every New Year we vow to get fit, only then to fall back into the same cycle as the years before. But now you can actually make the resolution exactly what it’s meant to be, a resolution!

Sprint and BodyMedia FIT are joining together to help you keep that promise. BodyMediaFIT is a weight management system that accurately tracks your calorie burn, captures your sleep efficiency and offers food logging with nutritional assessments. The system has two main components; an armband that captures your bio-data and a Sprint ID BodyMedia pack with several apps and widgets that will be free on LG Optimus S, Sanyo Zio and Samsung Transform with an Everything Plus Data plan.

Sprint announced its partnership with BodyMedia with a product lineup that included an armband that you connect to your PC to download data and an Android application for logging and tracking. Now, through the Sprint ID BodyMedia Pack, users will be able to make use of custom Android applications to see their calorie input vs. output, understand their calorie balance and create personalized workouts based upon caloric activity or step targets. The BodyMedia ID pack will be available during first half of 2011 while the new wireless embedded products will be launched this year.

At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas Jan. 6-8, Sprint is showing off the next generation armband that wirelessly sends your data to the website via the Sprint 3G network and the new suite of mobile applications to get real-time updates and stay in tune with your body. Also at CES, BodyMedia's Nic the Intern will be doing stunts, such as running a 10K and skydiving into the Strip. Fans are encouraged to follow Nic the Intern on Twitter and http://www.follownicsband.com/ to find out total steps taken, minutes of activity and calories Nic burns.

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MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Novatel Wireless

With ultra-compact MiFi® 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, Sprint brings customers the portability of the MiFi design with one-touch connectivity for up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices, including tablets, eReaders, laptops or gaming consoles.

Sprint is the first carrier to launch a 4G MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot preloaded with MiFi OS™, widgets and application support, adding capabilities beyond just Internet connectivity.

MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot adds 4G accessibility, an external display with status indicators for battery, signal strength and number of connected devices, and shared storage capability through a MicroSD slot for up to a 32GB memory card. Supports Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems.

Pricing

As the 17th 4G-capable device from Sprint, MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot will be just $49.99 (excluding taxes) after a $50 mail-in rebate activation on a new two-year service agreement (or eligible upgrade).

Availability

Available nationwide on Feb. 27 at all Sprint retail channels, including www.sprint.com and 1-800-Sprint1. Visit www.sprint.com/4Gmifi for more information.


Editor's Note: The February 27th availability date of the MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Novatel Wireless has been delayed. We apologize for any inconvenience this delay has caused and will provide an update as soon as launch date is confirmed. Thank you for your continued support.

Service Plan

3G/4G Mobile Broadband Plan: $59.99 per month for unlimited 4G and 5 GB of 3G

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HTC EVO™ Shift 4G follows in the footsteps of the award-winning HTC EVO™ 4G bringing customers an attractive, streamlined design with the addition of a sliding QWERTY keyboard and an astonishing list of features including:

  • Latest version of the highly acclaimed HTC Sense user experience.

  • The power of 4G, Android™ 2.2.

  • A 5MP camera/720p HD camcorder.

  • A 3.6-inch capacitive touchscreen display with pinch-to-zoom capability.

  • HTC EVO Shift’s custom Web browser is optimized for convenient mobile use with functions like pinch-to-zoom and automatically reflowing text.

  • Sprint 4G speeds for a full, no-compromise Internet experience.

  • Adobe Flash technology ensures that rich Internet content, such as embedded video and animation, are displayed the way they are meant to be seen.

  • Slide out full QWERTY keyboard makes staying in touch with friends and family through messaging and social networking quick and easy.

  • Built-in mobile hotspot functionality allows up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices, including a laptop, camera, music player, video player and any other Wi-Fi-enabled device, to enjoy the benefits of 3G/4G speeds on the go.

HTC EVO Shift 4G: Technical Specifications and Image Gallery

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HTC EVO Shift 4G with slide-out QWERTY available exclusively from Sprint on Jan. 9 for $149.99; MiFi® 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Novatel Wireless debuts on Feb. 27 for $49.99, bringing Sprint 4G connectivity to up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices

As the first national wireless carrier to launch 4G in 2008, Sprint (NYSE:S) wrapped up 2010 with a lead in 4G wireless device innovations. Further extending that lead, the company today introduced the upcoming availability of two products in Sprint’s second generation of 4G-capable devices: HTC EVO Shift™ 4G and MiFi® 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Novatel Wireless. With these two devices, Sprint has now introduced 17 4G-capable devices for consumers and business, including three phones, a 4G netbook and notebook from Dell, numerous USB modem options, and several mobile hotspots and routers.

Executive Quote: Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO

“Sprint will continue to set the bar for feature-rich and customer-friendly 4G devices into 2011.”

“Our proven leadership as a 4G pioneer has allowed our customers to enjoy 4G from Sprint first, and these new products exemplify Sprint’s commitment to put industry-leading performance and capabilities in the hands of our customers.”

A Feature-Rich 4G Phone with QWERTY: HTC EVO Shift 4G

As the 16th 4G-capable device from Sprint, HTC EVO Shift follows in the footsteps of the award-winning HTC EVO™ 4G, bringing customers an attractive, compact design and an impressive list of features with the addition of a sliding QWERTY keyboard. Beyond the highly acclaimed HTC Sense user experience, HTC EVO Shift also boasts the power of 4G, Android 2.2™, a 5MP camera, 720p HD camcorder and a 3.6-inch capacitive touchscreen display with pinch-to-zoom capability.

Additional key features include:

  • HD Video Recording
  • Wi-Fi®
  • Sprint Mobile Hotspot (supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices)
  • Android Market™ with access to more than 100,000 apps
  • Messaging – Personal and business e-mail, IM and text messaging
  • Social Networking Integration – Facebook®, Twitter™, Flickr® and more
  • Visual Voicemail
  • Google™ Mobile Services, including YouTube™, Gmail™, Google Talk™, Google Voice™ and Google Maps™
  • GPS Navigation
  • Stereo Bluetooth® wireless technology
  • microSD slot (supporting up to 32GB memory card)

The Web browser on HTC EVO Shift is optimized for convenient mobile use and a full Internet experience with functions like pinch-to-zoom and automatically reflowing text. Adobe Flash technology ensures that rich Internet content, such as embedded video and animation, are displayed the way they are meant to be seen. The slide-out QWERTY keyboard makes staying in touch with friends and family through messaging and social networking quick and easy.

Pricing

Priced at the lowest cost at launch for any current 4G phone, HTC EVO Shift will be just $149.99 (excluding taxes) after a $100 mail-in rebate and activation on a new two-year service agreement (or eligible upgrade), and activation on a data plan with the required $10 Premium Data Add-On. It will be available in all Sprint retail channels, including www.sprint.com and 1-800-Sprint1, on Jan. 9. For more information, visitwww.sprint.com/shift.

Big on Power, Small on Size: MiFi® 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Novatel Wireless

With the unveiling of Novatel Wireless’ (NASDAQ: NVTL) ultra-compact MiFi® 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, Sprint brings customers the portability of the MiFi design with one-touch connectivity for up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices, including tablets, eReaders, laptops or gaming consoles. Delivering a true wireless experience with no cables or software installation required, MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot has battery life of up to four hours of usage and 60 hours of standby time. MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot easily supports all the needs of a family household, a frequent traveler who wants to avoid Wi-Fi charges, or even a small business team with a form factor about the size of a credit card.

MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot’s predecessor, 3G MiFi® wireless hotspot by Novatel Wireless, was one of the industry’s most popular intelligent mobile hotspots. MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot adds 4G accessibility, an external display with status indicators for battery, signal strength and number of connected devices, and shared storage capability through a MicroSD slot for up to a 32GB memory card. It supports Windows, Macintosh and Linuz operating systems.

Pricing

As the 17th 4G-capable device from Sprint, MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot will be just $49.99 (excluding taxes) after a $50 mail-in rebate activation on a new two-year service agreement (or eligible upgrade). It will be available nationwide on Feb. 27 at all Sprint retail channels, including www.sprint.com and 1-800-Sprint1. Visit www.sprint.com/4Gmifi for more information.

More Options in 4G Products

Sprint already offers an extensive and impressive portfolio of 4G-enabled devices and routers. Stand-outs include Dell™ Inspiron™ Mini 10 (1012) netbook and Dell™ Inspiron™ 11z notebook, the first 3G/4G embedded devices offered by a wireless carrier in the United States. Both come pre-loaded with Windows Live Essentials 2011 and deliver 4G speeds on a mobile PC without the need for connection cards or hotspots to access the Internet.

Consumers have also been enjoying the award-winning HTC EVO 4G and Samsung Epic™ 4G, America’s first 4G-capable handsets. Both phones have received high praise from industry analysts, customers and media, including CNET, TheStreet.com, LAPTOP Magazine, POPULAR MECHANICS and PCWorld.

Business customers can take advantage of Sprint 4G technology with these devices and others, including CradlePoint MBR1200 Failsafe Gigabit N Router, which extends corporate security policies and failover technology, or CBA750 3G/4G Mobile Broadband Adapter to helps businesses stay connected during wireline outages.

The Sprint 4G portfolio of existing 4G-capable modems, mobile hotspots and routers all enhance productivity by enabling mobile downloads of large files, high-quality streaming video, online presentations and high-speed Web browsing. The advanced network also lets customers take advantage of robust applications and services, such as wireless voice-over-IP (VoIP), high-speed video telephony, music on-demand and video messaging. For a list of Sprint 4G devices, visit http://newsroom.sprint.com.

Unlimited 4G Plans With No Data Caps

Sprint customers get more with unlimited 4G data on their monthly plan, which means real simplicity and value. Sprint offers simplicity and savings vs. competitors, making it easy for customers to get the most out of their phones without worrying about costs or data usage. Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint network, starting at just $69.99 per month plus required $10 Premium Data add-on for select smartphones – a savings of $39.99 per month vs. Verizon’s plan with unlimited talk, text and Web, and $35 per month vs. AT&T’s plan with unlimited talk, text and just 2GB of data.

Further, the Sprint Free Guarantee is the only full money-back guarantee on service plans in the wireless industry today, allowing customers to try a new line of service with Sprint for 30 days. If a customer isn’t completely satisfied, they can cancel service and return their device to be reimbursed for the device purchase and activation fee, get the early termination fee waived, get a full refund for monthly service plan recurring charges incurred and get all associated taxes and fees waived. In addition, Sprint will waive the restocking fee for new customer exchanges as part of this policy. Refund excludes usage not included in the service plan, premium content, third-party billing and international charges.