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Sprint Contributes $500,000 to the Nature Conservancy

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Proceeds from Sprint’s award-winning Samsung Reclaim™ sales benefit  Adopt an Acre land conservation program

News Highlights

Sprint has contributed $500,000 to The Nature Conservancy’s U.S. Adopt an Acre program to support the conservation of millions acres of public and private land. For each purchase of a Samsung Reclaim™ from Aug. 16, 2009 through Dec. 31, 2009, Sprint gave $2 of each sale to the Nature Conservancy’s program. The contribution amount equals Sprint’s maximum commitment of $500,000.

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David Owens, vice president of marketing for Sprint

“As a leading U.S. green telecommunications company, Sprint is committed to supporting sustainability through our products, services and partnerships.”

“The overwhelming success of the Samsung Reclaim proves that customers want to make environmentally-friendly purchasing decisions, and do not need to sacrifice the latest in wireless technology to do so. We thank our customers for embracing the Samsung Reclaim and are pleased to contribute $500,000 to the Nature Conservancy.”

Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy

“Sprint has been an exceptional partner and these funds will help us protect and restore some of the world’s most ecologically- important landscapes.”

“We want to thank Sprint and Samsung for their commitment to sustainability and for support of all the Conservancy’s work to protect the natural systems that sustain us all.”

The Samsung Reclaim

The first phone to be made available in the U.S. whose casing is constructed partly from bio-plastic materials, Samsung Reclaim is a feature-rich messaging device made from 80 percent recyclable materials and sold in fully recyclable packaging.

The Reviews Are In

•    2010 CES Innovation Award; Honoree in the eco-design and sustainable technology category
•    CTIA-The Wireless Association, “CTIA 2009 Hottest in Show” in the Hot for the Holidays awards program.
•    Featured in O, The Oprah Magazine’s Holiday Gift Guide’s Gifts Under $50
•    Named to Treehugger’s Green Gift Guide for the Green Geek.
•    Sprint, recently ranked highest among all U.S. telecom companies and #15 overall on Newsweek’s Green Rankings, is an industry leader in the reuse and recycling of wireless devices sold. Sprint has an aggressive industry-first goal of reaching a 90 percent phone collection rate for reuse/recycling compared with annual wireless device sales by 2017.
•    To learn more about wireless recycling, consumers can visit the Sprint wireless recycling Web site.

Sprint’s Commitment to Environmental Improvements Across the Buisiness

•    Sprint has established new green design criteria for future devices and accessories
•    Sprint recently announced several new environmental initiatives to support its aggressive environmental goals, including a commitment to reduce GHG emissions by 15 percent by 2017.

For more information on Sprint programs that protect the environment:

•    Visit www.sprint.com/green
•    Follow @SprintGreenNews on Twitter