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MiniDrones: Prepare for takeoff

By Amy Young

Sprint is among the first to carry and sell two Parrot MiniDrones, Rolling Spider and Jumping Sumo, that you control with your smartphone or tablet.

Beginning Friday, Aug. 1, two Parrott MiniDrones – Rolling Spider for $99.99 and Jumping Sumo for $159.99 (plus tax) – will be available in Sprint direct ship sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Web Sales and Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1. Both minidrones will land in Sprint Stores beginning Friday, Aug. 15.

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You can pilot either MiniDrone with one of our smartphones or tablets using the FreeFlight 3 iOS or Android app. The free app also allows you to share Rolling Spider records with other pilots.

Rolling Spider

Parrot Rolling Spider is an ultra-compact drone controlled by your smartphone. It flies indoors and outdoors with surprising speed and stability. Acrobatic tricks are available from the free app for MiniDrones: FreeFlight 3.

The ultra-light, Rolling Spider performs half-turns and U-turns in one swipe. Controlled via Bluetooth®, it can do ​​front and rear loops in one click. With its removable wheels, it runs from floor to ceiling and walls. Equipped with a propellers that cutout in case of a collision, it is designed to fly without harming the flying environment! The snapshots can be transferred to a computer with the embedded micro-USB connector and shared through the Drone Academy.

Rolling Spider is available in red, blue and white and comes with 12 stickers for a customized look.

Jumping Sumo

Parrot Jumping Sumo is a responsive bot with a strong personality which rolls, rushes, zigzags, circles, takes turns at 90°. In a flash, it leaps up to 30 inches high!

Jumping Sumo has 3 control modes:

  1. Jumper: Jumps up to 30 inches in height and length, and always lands on its wheels.
  2. Kicker: Its spring enables it to push objects in its path!
  3. Auto-Balance: Balancing a fashion, as a "Segway".

Acrobatic tricks are available from the free app FreeFlight 3. The embedded camera plunges you into the heart of the MiniDrone’s action!

Jumping Sumo is available in three color options: black and red, white and black, and khaki and yellow. It comes with three stickers.

Both drones work with a rechargeable 550mAH lithium polymer battery, providing eight minutes of battery life for Rolling Spider and 20 minutes of battery life for Jumping Sumo.

Amy Young is a product marketing manager for the Accessories team at Sprint. Based in Overland Park, she works primarily with Gaming, Health & Fitness, Wearables and Lifestyle accessories and is well versed in the company’s handsets, premium content and accessory products. Amy can be reached at

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