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The Sprint New Blog is being retired! Head on over to the Captains Log, to check out what's new on the Community!  Be sure to subscribe to the Blog to get notified when we make announcements.

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Sprint is thrilled to begin selling Apple Watch on September 25 2015.

"We believe Apple Watch will be one of the hottest gifts for the holiday shopping season," said Marcelo Claure, CEO, Sprint. “We are excited to offer Apple Watch at hundreds of our stores alongside iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.”

To celebrate the availability of Apple Watch, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Sprint stores will open early at 8:00 a.m. local time on September 25. Customers can call their local Sprint store to check Apple Watch availability. Customers can also call 1-800-SPRINT1 or visit www.sprint.com/iphoneforever to place an order for Apple Watch, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

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We are in the process of implementing major improvements to the Sprint network. As a part of this process, Sprint will cease operating the Sprint 4G (WiMax) network on 11/6/15.

What this means:

  • On the date provided above, WiMax device(s) will no longer connect to the Sprint 4G (WiMax) network. The terms and provisions of contracts related solely to 4G WiMax devices, products and services will no longer be applicable. 

However:

  • Dual-mode devices, those with both 4G WiMax and 3G CDMA capabilities, will continue to function on the 3G CDMA network.
  • Tri-mode devices, those with 4G WiMax, 4G LTE and 3G CDMA capabilities, will continue to function on the 4G LTE and 3G CDMA networks. 
  • 4G WiMax-only devices will no longer have service and will not connect to a wireless network.

If you have immediate questions, please visit sprint.com or go to your nearest Sprint store to discuss the options available to you. We have wide portfolio of 4G LTE devices that are not affected by the shutdown.

We look forward to continuing to meet your wireless needs and to bring you exciting new services. Thank you for your business.

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FAQs about the WiMax network shutdown

Last Updated: Apr 24, 2015

We are in the process of implementing major improvements to the Sprint 4G LTE Network, including the deployment of Sprint Spark, an enhanced LTE network. As a part of this process, Sprint will cease operating the Sprint 4G (WiMax) Network on 11/6/2015.

What this means to you:

  • On 11/6/2015, Sprint will no longer support Sprint 4G WiMax devices and services, your WiMax device(s) will no longer connect to a wireless network (see note below regarding dual-band devices), and the terms and provisions of your contract related solely to 4G WiMax devices, products and services will no longer be applicable.
  • For devices with Sprint 4G WiMax and 3G CDMA capabilities, the Nationwide Sprint Network will continue to support the 3G CDMA capability of the device after the Sprint 4G (WiMax) Network is shut down.
  • 4G WiMax-only devices, such as connection or broadband cards and modules, will no longer have service available and will not connect to a wireless network.
  • To continue to meet your wireless data needs, we have a selection of comparable devices using 4G LTE or Sprint Spark technologies which are not impacted by the shutdown of the Sprint 4G (WiMax) Network.

If you have immediate questions, please visit a Sprint store or shop on sprint.com to check out the options available to you. We look forward to continuing to meet your wireless data needs and to bring you exciting new services.

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The digital world takes another step toward becoming a safer place today with the launch of A Platform for Good, the interactive program where parents, teachers and teens can share experiences and information about online safety.

Sprint is proud to sponsor of this new initiative created by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), a nonprofit organization that promotes online safety.

This marks another in a series of efforts by Sprint to help families and educators gain free and easy access to resources that promote kids’ safety online. Our company is committed to supporting organizations that work to create a digital world where young people can continue to work, learn and play safely.

A Platform for Good sets out to foster digital responsibility and increase awareness of online safety by making tools accessible that will spark conversations about the role of digital technology and how to participate in the digital world responsibly.

Leveraging other social platforms, A Platform for Good:

  • Offers information and conversation tips to parents.
  • Recommends opportunities and tools for teachers to address Internet safety.
  • Provides incentives for teens to participate in online activities that focus on safety issues.

The platform was sponsored by Sprint along with other industry leaders and the Family Online Safety institute.

Another helpful resource is our 4NetSafety site, www.4NetSafety.com. This site features the latest Internet-safety information from Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Please help us in our efforts to make the digital world a safer place by sharing this post.

Related links:
4NetSafety.com
A Platform for Good
Family Online Safety Institute

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Last week was an exciting week for Sprint.  For the third straight time, we were recognized by J.D. Power and Associates for the best purchase experience among full-service wireless carriers. This award came after recently being named by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (April 2012) as #1 among all national carriers and most improved in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, over the last four years. We know that none of this would be possible without the dedication and hard work of our employees.

In appreciation of their accomplishments, we took time out last week to say a big, hard-earned THANK YOU to them. They have put in many hours towards improving the customer experience at Sprint.

Employees were invited to have fun and enjoy each other’s company as well as food and beverages at our corporate headquarters in Overland Park, KS. It was a wonderful day to celebrate with them and we are fortunate to have great people who work here and serve our millions of customers.

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While we are proud of our accomplishments and accolades this year, we know that our work is never done. We will continue to be focused and passionate about improving your wireless experience.

Whether you are an employee, customer or business partner, we say thank you. We look forward to celebrating many more milestones and continuing our hard work to continuing to improve for you. 

Learn More about Sprint’s 2012 Accolades:

Awards and Recognition

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We are excited to share that Sprint ranked the highest among full-service wireless providers in the J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 U.S. Full-Service Wireless Purchase Experience StudySM, Volume 2. The Wireless Purchase Experience Study evaluates the wireless purchase experience of customers using any one of three contact channels: phone calls with sales representatives; visits to a retail wireless store; and on the Web.

Overall customer satisfaction with both full-service and non-contract branded carriers is based on six factors (in order of importance): store sales representative; website; phone sales representative; store facility; offerings and promotions; and cost of service.

Today’s announcement marks the third consecutive time Sprint ranked highest in overall customer purchase experience satisfaction among major full-service wireless carriers.

Wireless Purchase Experience Study Results demonstrate our sharpened focus on retail experience improvement -- from improved service and repair care to better merchandising and more accessory availability.  We have made improvements to the Ready Now program that represents one way we are concentrating on making the in-store wireless purchase process simpler for customers. With Ready Now, Sprint retail associates work one-on-one with customers to personalize your phone, set up its features, and demonstrate how it works before you leave the store.

Among other purchase experience improvements, we have:

  • improved integration of sales channels, giving you an easier path from selecting your phone online to picking it up in store.
  • increased the number of in-store accessories and device add-ons to extend the possibilities of Sprint devices for you.
  • added more tools that better enable Sprint retail store employees to ensure new customers understand the features of their device and how they will be billed right at the point-of-sale.
  • improved in-store, full-service triage and repair to reduce the need to send phones out for repair.
  • begun adding solutions kiosks in stores to help you find and develop customized solutions alongside expertly trained consultants from Sprint.


“This is the culmination of a lot of hard work by our retail employees, Web sales teams, telesales group and many others in Sprint’s Sales and Distribution organization,” said Jaime Jones, Sprint senior vice president, Consumer Sales. “Our commitment all along has been to deliver the best customer experience, the most complete portfolio of products and merchandise, and Ready Now-type customer service from the most talented, best-trained people in the business.”

While this is a great accomplishment and one that we are very proud of, we will remain focused and working hard to continue to bring you the best customer experience.

More:

Press Release: Sprints Earns J.D. Power and Associates' Top Ranking - For Third Straight Time - for Purchase Experi...

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At Sprint, we encourage parents, guardians, educators and teens to take a closer look at Internet safety. In fact, since 2007, we’ve provided more than $4.2 million to this important cause through our 4NetSafety program. Our newly redesigned website, www.sprint.com/4netsafety, makes it easier for families to have conversations about using the Internet and mobile phones responsibly.

Sprint has partnered with NEAHIN, the Boys and Girls Club of America and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to provide families with free resources on Internet safety, tips for helping kids deal with cyberbullying and social networking and important information on the ways teens are using smartphones.

Cyberbullying has become one of the most prevalent topics surrounding Internet safety and is the key focus of 4NetSafety during the month of June. In our increasingly digital world, bullying has shifted to text messages, emails and social media sites. Using the Internet and mobile phones should be a fun experience that helps you communicate with your friends and family, find entertainment and be productive.

We encourage you to educate yourselves and your family members on the potential risks associated with utilizing digital media so your teens can make safer, more informed decisions when interacting online and through their mobile phones.

Click here for more information and free resources on Internet safety: www.sprint.com/4netsafety

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Customer Service is a top priority at Sprint.  It is our goal to make our customers happy and it starts with each member of our Customer Care and Retail teams.  They have a passion and desire to help our customers each and every day. They take great pride in helping them solve their problems and providing value.

The 2012 American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) survey, released today, shows that Sprint is the number one ranked company for customer satisfaction among the major wireless carriers and the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, over the last four years. In addition, for the second consecutive year, Sprint claimed the top spot among major carriers for the perceived customer value as well as being cited in the survey as number one in call center satisfaction.

“This recognition is fantastic.” said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse.  “Today’s recognition from the highly-respected American Customer Satisfaction is a testament to the focus we’ve placed on providing exceptional service and value for our customers.  Thanks especially to all of our employees and associates who work so diligently toward exceeding our customers’ expectations every day.”

Sprint is pleased with the progress and excited that customers across the country are recognizing us for our hard work.  We invite you meet some of our team members featured here that have helped to earn this honor.

Thank you Sprint customers for helping us achieve this honor!  We will continue to work vigorously to improve our results and scores every year and remain committed to providing the top service and value to our customers every day.

Learn More:

Meet Sprint Customer Service Reps Video

Press Release:American Customer Satisfaction Index 2012 Survey 

www.theacsi.org

Contact us:

Twitter: @SprintCare

Facebook: facebook.com/sprint

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Would you like some help getting smarter about your new smartphone? Spend some time working one-on-one with a Sprint retail associate through our Ready Now Program.

Ready Now assistance is one of the enhancements we have brought to our Sprint stores nationwide. This program, along with other initiatives, offers our customers an outstanding experience in our retail stores that was recognized in the latest J.D. Power and Associates study.

We are pleased that our customers have noticed our improvements and all of our efforts to provide them with a great experience. Sprint ranked highest among full-service providers by J.D. Power and Associates Wireless Purchase Experience Study, Volume 1.

Our no-contract brand Boost Mobile also earned a top ranking among non-contract providers in the  study.

Boost Mobile, which leverages the Nationwide Sprint Network, continues to be a no annual-contract industry leader with the only Monthly Unlimited plan, which rewards its customers with shrinking payments. Boost has consistently ranked highest in J.D. Power and Associates customer surveys, with three awards received in 2011 for Overall Satisfaction Performance (2010), Customer Care Performance and Purchase Experience (2011 Volume 2) among non-contract customers.

The study analyzes evaluations from customers who have had an in-store, phone or Web wireless sales experience during the previous six-month period. Overall customer satisfaction with major wireless carrier-branded stores is based on six factors: sales staff, phone reps, website, price and promotion, cost of service, and store facility.

We are honored to be recognized by our postpaid and no-contract customers in the J.D. Power and Associates study,” said Jaime Jones, senior vice president-Consumer Sales, Sprint. “Sprint is committed to providing our customers outstanding service, innovative programs and great value to meet all their wireless needs.”

Today’s smartphones are so powerful. You can use them to be more productive on your job, enjoy all kinds of entertainment or just stay in touch with your friends and family. Maybe you could use a hand in getting your email accounts set up just right on your phone. Or you might find it helpful for a true smartphone expert to show you some interesting apps or other cool things you can do.

With Ready Now, Sprint retail associates work one-on-one with customers to personalize their phone, set up all of its features, and demonstrate how it works before they leave the store. So make sure you take advantage of the opportunity so you can get more from your wireless devices.

Ready Now is popular and quite helpful, but it’s not the only improvement our customers appreciate. Here are some other benefits you should check out:

•          Locate a store on Sprint.com (http://www.sprintstorelocator.com/locator/) and make an appointment online to visit your store of choice and receive Ready Now service.

•          Worried about buying the wrong phone? No need to worry. Our customers have the ability to return the device within 14-days for a refund of the purchase price with the Sprint Satisfaction Guarantee.

•          Customers who buy Sprint products through telesales or the Web can return them to any company-owned store, making it easier and more convenient for customers.

•          In-store full-service triage and repair to reduce the need to send phones out for repair. iPhones are not included in this service. iPhones can be sent to Apple Care for repair.

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Reports that Sprint throttles the top one percent of data users are false. Here are the facts:

  • Sprint does not throttle any postpaid phone data users for on-network or off-network usage. Sprint is the only national carrier offering smartphone users truly unlimited data with no throttling, metering or overages while on the Sprint network.
  • Sprint does have terms and conditions which prohibit certain types of data use that may impair other customers' usage or harm or interfere with the network. At yesterday’s investor conference, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse was referring to Sprint’s right to terminate service of data abusers who violate Sprint’s terms and conditions. Customers who abuse our network by violating the terms and conditions will be contacted by Sprint in an effort to have the customer change their usage to comply with their subscriber agreement. Customers who do not change their usage and remain in violation of the terms and conditions may be subject to actions reserved by Sprint, including but not limited to termination. Consistent with our advertising, engaging in such uses will not result in throttling for customers on unlimited data-included plans for phones.

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Bob Azzi, senior vice president – Network, Sprint

“Within the first half of 2012, Sprint customers should experience first-hand the wide-reaching improvements we have made in terms of boosting voice and data quality. With advanced smartphones and sophisticated wireless modems, our customers are using more and more mobile data, and one of our top priorities is to provide the best technology possible to improve our customers’ experience.”

Our customers in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio are expected to be among the first to benefit from 4G LTE and improved 3G coverage in the first half of 2012.

Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO, made this announcement at the annual Citigroup Entertainment, Media and Telecommunications Conference.

We have been sharing information in recent months about our overall network strategy known as Network Vision. The launch of these metropolitan areas marks the next step in this strategy.

Sprint customers can expect to enjoy ultra-fast data speeds, improved 3G voice and data quality, and stronger in-building signal penetration providing a more reliable wireless experience. Whether a Sprint customer is on a smartphone streaming video, browsing the Web with a mobile hotspot, or making a voice call to someone across the country, everyone in the upgraded areas is expected to benefit from the advanced 3G/4G LTE network.

We promise to share more information about these plans as we move forward. Please check back here on Sprint.com Community, follow @Sprint on Twitter or visit our Facebook page so you can receive those updates.

Here are answers to at least some initial questions that some of our customers might have:

LTE Phones and data cards

We plan to launch CDMA/LTE devices midyear, with up to 15 devices expected in 2012, including handsets, tablets and data cards.

WiMAX devices

Many Sprint customers already have been enjoying 4G with phones such as Samsung Epic 4G Touch and HTC EVO 3D, which operate on our WiMAX network. 

Sprint remains committed to our WiMAX customers and plans to sell WiMAX devices with two-year contracts through 2012. Dual-mode WiMAX devices that also operate on the CDMA network are expected to get the benefits of Network Vision associated with Sprint’s 3G service, but they will not operate on Sprint’s LTE network.

More information:

Press Release: Sprint Announces First Major Markets to Receive 4G LTE in 2012

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Customers praise Sprint’s for offering the only unlimited data plan with the iPhone

As the only U.S. carrier to offer new and existing customers the iPhone experience with unlimited data plans, Sprint celebrated its best-ever first day sales of any Sprint device family with the launch of iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 on Friday, October 14.

Sprint retail stores around the county celebrated the arrival of iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 by opening their doors at 8:00am with lines at most locations with  excited customers waiting to get their hands on the only iPhones offering an unlimited data plan. Here’s what customers had to say:

  • “I’m super excited! This is my first  iPhone. I haven’t been in line since I was 10 years old for a Furby! I did my research and Sprint’s coverage in the city is great.  I plan to use data all the time, so the unlimited data and pricing is the best deal.” - Mikki Manfredonia, San Francisco, Calf.

  • “Sprint’s customer service has been fantastic. It’s the biggest reason why I switched. Plus your unlimited offer the best plans and pricing.” - Michael Fortson, San Francisco, Calif.

  • “I refuse to give money to AT&T. I promised the kids that the minute Sprint comes up with the iPhone, they can get it right away. They didn’t forget.”  - The Leon Guerrero Family, Dallas, Texas

  • “I am so excited Sprint has the iPhone. I didn’t want to order it online. Wanted to get in line at the store and be one of the first to have the iPhone from Sprint.” – Jasmine Grady, Atlanta, Ga.

  • “I had unlimited data with Sprint before. I know a lot of other phone companies cut that out, but it’s big for me, especially with iPhone.” - Kendall Romseur, Boston, Mass.

  • “I always wanted iPhone, but never had it before. It’s the most advanced phone out there. You can do anything with it.  I’m really excited Sprint has it now. Sprint is the only one with unlimited now, it’s definitely the best deal.” - Daniella Mangakis, Boston, Mass.

  • “I am excited to switch to Sprint and get the iPhone on an unlimited plan. The unlimited plans are great…much better price.” - Alessandro (Alex) Guglielmino, Atlanta, Ga.

Sprint Executive Quote

  • “On Launch Day, October 14, Sprint reported its best ever day of sales in retail, web and telesales for a device family in Sprint history with the launch of iPhone 4S and iPhone 4. We reached this milestone at      approximately noon CT. The response to this device by current and new customers has surpassed our expectations and validates our customers’ desire for a truly unlimited data pricing plan.” - Fared Adib, Sprint      Product Chief 

Trade-up and Sprint will Buyback

Now is a great time to trade-up to an iPhone from Sprint and experience the only unlimited data plans on an iPhone in the U.S. The buyback amount for iPhone ranges from $50 to as much as $275 depending on the specific carrier and model. Sprint guarantees $50 for even the oldest iPhone models! Customers can check eligibility and the trade-in amount at www.sprintbuyback.com or visit a Sprint retail store.

Pricing and Availability

iPhone 4S is currently available from Sprint starting at $199.99 for the 16GB model, $299.99 for the 32GB model and $399.99 for the 64GB model. iPhone 4 is available for just $99.99 for the 8GB model. All prices require a new-line activation or eligible upgrade and two-year agreement.

With Sprint’s unlimited data plans, customers don’t have to worry about throttling or surprises on their monthly bill due to data overage charges like they might with tiered data plans from other carriers. Plans start at just $69.99 per month plus the required $10 Premium Data add-on charge. Sprint’s Simply Everything Plan is the only plan from a national carrier to offer truly unlimited calling, data and text for just $99.99 per month plus the required $10 Premium Data add-on charge (all while on the Sprint network).

All iPhone models are available to new and existing customers in all Sprint retail stores, www.sprint.com and 1-800-SPRINT1 as well as select additional Sprint retail channels.

Related Links

http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=2063

http://newsroom.sprint.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=2073

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2011/10/04Apple-Launches-iPhone-4S-iOS-5-iCloud.html

http://www.apple.com/pr/products/iphone/iphone.html

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Dan Hesse, Chief Executive Officer of Sprint

  • “Our progress on deploying Network Vision enables Sprint to extend our 4G leadership and improve the experience for 3G customers.  Our next-generation network and cutting-edge device line-up combined with the industry’s best pricing plans give Sprint customers the best experience in wireless.” 

About a year ago, Sprint told you about Network Vision, our plan to consolidate multiple network technologies into one seamless network with the goal of increasing efficiency and enhancing network coverage, call quality and data speeds for customers across the United States.

Today we are telling you about our progress. It’s going well. As a result of the success and the progress made so far,  Sprint now is targeting completion of Network Vision deployment by the end of 2013—two years sooner than originally scheduled.

Sprint also announced a rapid national roll-out of LTE. Sprint plans to launch 4G LTE on its 1900 MHz spectrum by midyear 2012 and complete the network build-out by the end of 2013.   By the end of 2013, Sprint’s 4G coverage footprint is expected to cover more than 250 million people.

Dan Hesse, chief executive officer of Sprint, and other Sprint executives presented this information on Oct. 7 during a 4G Strategy/Network Vision Update event in New York.

What does this mean for Sprint customers? Many things. But here are a couple key points:

•          3G Network Improvement:  Sprint expects an improvement in customers’ 3G network experience, including expanded coverage, improved network reliability, better voice quality, and faster 3G data speeds. Based on forecasts of data demand, Sprint is confident its 3G network will meet customers’ growing data demands.

•          LTE deployment expected to reach 250 million people by 2013: Sprint expects to launch CDMA-LTE devices by mid-2012, with approximately 15 devices coming throughout the year—including handsets, tablets and data cards.  Additionally, CDMA-WiMAX devices, such as the award-winning HTC EVO 4G, Samsung Epic 4G and Nexus S 4G, will continue to be sold throughout 2012. 

Introduction to Sprint Network Vision 

Joe Euteneuer, Chief Financial Officer of Sprint

  • “Network Vision creates a platform for growth and competitive advantage and delivers significant upside potential.  Over the long-term, continued execution on Network Vision as well as other improvements to our core operations are expected to result in overall margin expansion, improved return on invested capital and ultimately, increased value for our shareholders.”  

The 4G Strategy/Network Vision update also addressed several other topics, including Sprint’s introduction of a spectrum hosting business and significant economic benefits that Network Vision brings to Sprint.

More information:

•          News Release: Sprint Accelerates Deployment of Network Vision and Announces National Rollout of 4G LTE

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Now is a great time to trade-up to an iPhone from Sprint and experience the only unlimited data plans on an iPhone in the U.S. You could earn up to $275 by trading in your old iPhone and upgrading to iPhone 4S from Sprint. This is a great way to get one of the hottest phones available at the lowest cost.

The Sprint Buyback Program collects old, unwanted wireless phones and aircards regardless of carrier or manufacturer. Many of these devices are eligible for instant credit toward the purchase of a new phone in Sprint Stores or an account credit toward your existing Sprint account.

The buyback credit amount ranges from $50 to as much as $275 depending on the iPhone specific carrier and model. Sprint guarantees $50 for even the oldest iPhone models – not bad! Ready to move on from a phone other than an iPhone? No problem! You can check eligibility and the trade-in amount at www.sprintbuyback.com. (Prices are subject to change.)

It couldn’t be simpler to save on your new device. There are two easy options:

  • Sprint Store: New or existing Sprint customers can visit your local Sprint store to see if your current device qualities for an instant trade-in credit toward a new Sprint phone.
  • Online: Existing customers can check eligibility at www.sprintbuyback.com. There, you can create a Buyback quote and follow the easy instructions to print your pre-paid shipping label and mail your device.

If your phone does not qualify for a credit, you can still recycle it in an environmentally responsible manner thru Sprint Project Connect.

Sprint was the first U.S. carrier to buyback competitor phones in store and offer an instant credit. We have partnered with several innovative, eco-friendly companies to reuse and recycle collected devices - to help keep electronic waste from piling up in landfills. The goal and benefit of the Sprint Buyback program is to collect your old, unwanted wireless phones and to properly reuse or recycle the electronic waste - maintaining our environment for future generations.

Give us a call at 1-800-586-1662 with questions or visit www.sprintbuyback.com

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Sprint today confirmed that unlimited data pricing plans will be available for its October 14 launch of the iPhone. New and existing customers can pre-order iPhone 4S beginning on Friday, October 7 at 12:01 AM PST. Beginning today, iPhone 4 with iOS 5 is available for just $99.99 through www.sprint.com/iphone.

“Our unlimited data plans are the perfect fit for iPhone customers,” said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. “Sprint’s unlimited data plans provide more value than metered plans from other carriers. Our customers can take advantage of the innovative features of iPhone without worrying about overage charges or surprises on their bill.”

Here are the prices for Sprint’s iPhone products:

  • iPhone 4S with 16GB will cost $199.99
  • iPhone 4S with 32GB will cost $299.99
  • iPhone 4S with 64GB will cost $399.99
  • iPhone 4 with 8GB will cost $99.99


(These prices require a new-line activation or eligible upgrade and two-year agreement.)

All iPhone models will be available to new and existing customers in all Sprint retail stores, www.sprint.com, and 1-800-SPRINT1 as well as select additional Sprint retail channels. Sprint retail stores will open at 8:00 AM local time on Friday, October 14 for customers to get a jump-start on buying iPhone 4S with Sprint’s unlimited data experience.

iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 require activation on one of the Sprint Everything plans with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM, including unlimited data, texting and calling to and from any mobile phone in America while on the Sprint Network. With Sprint’s unlimited data plans, customers don’t have to worry about throttling or surprises on their monthly bill due to data overage charges like they might with tiered data plans from other carriers.

Plans start at just $69.99 per month plus the required $10 Premium Data add-on charge. Sprint’s Simply Everything Plan is the only plan from a national carrier to offer truly unlimited calling, data and text for just $99.99 per month plus the required $10 Premium Data add-on charge. The Mobile Hotspot option will be available for an additional $29.99 per month supporting up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously. (Pricing excludes taxes and surcharges.)

            Individual Plans          

Anytime Minutes

Everything Data plans with Any Mobile, Anytime

Unlimited calling to and from any mobile in America, regardless of carrier, plus unlimited text, picture and video messaging, and unlimited data including email, Web browsing, social networking and GPS Navigation (all while on the Sprint network)

450

$69.99 plus $10 Premium Data add-on

900

$89.99 plus $10 Premium Data add-on

Unlimited

(Simply Everything)

$99.99 plus $10 Premium Data add-on


Why Sprint for iPhone 4S? That’s Simple!

  • UNLIMITED DATA: With Sprint’s unlimited data plans, customers don’t have to worry about throttling or surprises on their monthly bill due to data overage charges like they might with tiered data plans from other carriers.
  • READY NOW EXPERIENCE: iPhone customers will have access to Sprint’s Ready Now service where trained retail associates will work one-on-one with customers to personalize their iPhone and set up features like e-mail, web and apps before leaving the store.
  • COMMITTED TO SERVICE: Sprint was unbeaten among major wireless carriers for customer satisfaction according to results from the 2011 American Customer Satisfaction Index. Sprint leads all national competitors in both call satisfaction and first call resolution, two key metrics in the overall quality of customer service.

For more information on iPhone 4S, please visit www.apple.com or sprint.com/iphone

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Apple® today announced iPhone® 4S, the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri™, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking. With the launch of iPhone 4S also comes the launch of iOS 5, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features; and iCloud®, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that work with your iPhone, iPad®, iPod touch®, Mac® or PC to automatically and wirelessly store your content in iCloud and push it to all your devices.

iPhone 4S comes in either black or white and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model and $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the new 64GB model.*** iPhone 4S will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and through AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 4S will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK on Friday, October 14 and customers can pre-order their iPhone 4S beginning Friday, October 7. iPhone 4 will also be available for just $99 (US) with a two year contract.

Here is a link to Apple's press release from today's announcement: http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2011/10/04Apple-Launches-iPhone-4S-iOS-5-iCloud.html

View the replay of Apple's event: http://events.apple.com.edgesuite.net/11piuhbvdlbkvoih10/event/index.html

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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LG Optimus S Gingerbread update discussion thread

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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).

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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”

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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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Earlier today, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it had filed suit in federal court to block AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile USA. In response, Vonya B. McCann, senior vice president of Government Affairs for Sprint,  issued the following statement:

“The DOJ today delivered a decisive victory for consumers, competition and our country. By filing suit to block AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile, the DOJ has put consumers’ interests first. Sprint applauds the DOJ for conducting a careful and thorough review and for reaching a just decision – one which will ensure that consumers continue to reap the benefits of a competitive U.S. wireless industry. Contrary to AT&T’s assertions, today’s action will preserve American jobs, strengthen the American economy, and encourage innovation.”