Sprint and NTELOS Extend Network Alliance Through 2022

By: Sarah May 29th, 2014
Expands 4G LTE Coverage for Sprint Customers
–Provides nTelos Access to Sprint’s Tri-Band Spectrum 

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & WAYNESBORO, Va. – May 22, 2014 – Sprint Corporation (“Sprint,” NYSE: S) and NTELOS Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: NTLS) today announced that Sprint and NTELOS Inc. (“nTelos”) reached an amended agreement to extend their Strategic Network Alliance (“SNA”) through 2022. Under the agreement, nTelos will continue to serve as the exclusive network provider for Sprint in the SNA territory, which covers approximately 2.1 million people in West Virginia and the western part of Virginia. In addition, Sprint customers will gain access to nTelos’s recently launched 4G LTE network and nTelos will have access to Sprint’s 800 MHz, 1.9 GHz and 2.5 GHz spectrum throughout the territory. nTelos plans to maximize the network experience for both its retail and wholesale customers by committing to expand and build its 4G LTE network in the SNA territory to specifications aligned with Sprint’s network modernization program.

“Extending our agreement with nTelos illustrates Sprint’s long-term commitment to enhancing competition by partnering with rural wireless carriers to provide faster networks, better coverage and more choice to Americans in underserved areas,” said Michael C. Schwartz, Sprint senior vice president of Corporate and Business Development. “The continuation of our long-standing relationship with nTelos allows Sprint to maximize our spectrum assets, reduce capital expenditures and provide our customers in western Virginia and West Virginia with expanded 4G LTE services.”

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Sprint’s Role in Small Business Week

By: Sarah May 21st, 2014
As part of last week’s Small Business Week celebration (May 12-16), Sprint Headquarters in Overland Park hosted a Small Business Demonstration Expo on May 15 at its Executive Briefing Center.

About 25 owners of small businesses in the Kansas City area heard tech experts talk about and demonstrate how technology can make their companies and employees more efficient, productive and customer oriented.

Among the presentations were hot-selling fleet management solutions by Sprint partners GeoTaband retail, point-of-sale (POS) applications from Vantiv.

“The expo was very helpful and done well,” said Mike Brosseit, owner, Top Notch Heating & Cooling of Lenexa, Ks. “I was interested in learning more about Sprint’s Canvas software program, which will help my field productivity and make our job order process be more streamlined and error-free.”

Samsung Galaxy S 5 on No-Contract Plans with Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA

By: Sarah May 21st, 2014

Newest Smartphone Available on Sprint’s Prepaid Brands Beginning May 19th

IRVINE, Calif. & WARREN, N.J. (BUSINESS WIRE), May 19, 2014 – Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA announced today the availability of the stunning and innovative Samsung Galaxy S®5. Perfect for those with an active and dynamic lifestyle, this device contains premium features and is priced at $599.99, available with Boost and Virgin Mobile’s enhanced 4G LTE1 with flexible unlimited2 service options and no long-term contracts.

“As we continue to grow our device line to fit the needs of our customers, our no-contract brands offer a tremendous value for those who love to email, text, IM and take photos,” says Angela Rittgers, vice president-Marketing for Sprint’s Prepaid brands. “Galaxy S 5 focuses on what people want from their phone experience, allowing users to capture every important life moment with no commitment.”

Accounts Receivables Securitization Agreement for Sprint

By: Sarah May 16th, 2014

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), May 16, 2014 - Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S)announced today that it and certain of its subsidiaries have entered into a facility agreement of up to $1.3 billion with The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., as administrative agent, based on the securitization of its wireless service accounts receivable. Other banks involved in the facility are The Bank of Nova Scotia, Mizuho Bank, LTD., and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. The new facility is expected to provide supplemental liquidity for general corporate purposes. The receivables are expected to be sold on a revolving basis throughout the term of the agreement beginning on May 16, 2014. The revolving period of the agreement is scheduled to end on May 16, 2016.

Turning Greenhouse Gas into Plastic – Sprint Supports Green Change One Phone Case at a Time

By: Sarah May 16th, 2014

AirCarbon™ material uses carbon that would otherwise become part of the air to create plastics that have wide applications, including in the mobile industry

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), May 13, 2014 – Today Sprint [NYSE: S] announced it will be one of the first companies to use AirCarbon™, a new carbon-negative material made from greenhouse gas, instead of petroleum, to create plastic products. The material will be used in black and pink cell phone cases for the iPhone® 5 and iPhone® 5s that will be sold online exclusively on Sprint.com by late May for $29.99, plus tax. Sprint is the first telecommunications company in the world to launch a carbon-negative product using AirCarbon™.

Sprint and National Radio Show Join Together To Increase Startup Visibility Throughout America

By: Sarah May 9th, 2014

Sprint And National Radio Show Join Together To Increase Startup Visibility Throughout America

(KANSAS CITY, MO) May 6, 2014 – Dream Big America and Sprint announced today that they are joining together to give national exposure and support to promising startups around the country.
Dream Big America, a radio show pitting vetted business startups against each other, was created to showcase America’s upcoming entrepreneurs. The weekly competition gives entrepreneurs access to one of the largest nationally syndicated talk show audiences in the country, and simultaneously provides the American public an opportunity to support and engage with the startups.

“We’re thrilled to team up with Sprint, a proven leader in our country’s entrepreneurial movement who is demonstrating, once again, its vision to support entrepreneurs across America. This relationship supercharges our ability to highlight the best of the best startups across the country,” said Doug Stephan, the Dream Big America show host.

Sprint Panorama Working on the Next Generation of MVNOs

By: Sarah May 7th, 2014

Utilizing industry knowledge and insights, Sprint Panorama delivers innovation allowing existing and new entrants to participate in the wireless industry

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), May 07, 2014 – Already an industry leader in enabling Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), Sprint (NYSE: S) Wholesale Solutions today announced the availability of Sprint PanoramaTM, opening the door for existing and new entrants to participate in the wireless industry. With Sprint Panorama, the Sprint Wholesale Solutions sales team assists brands by addressing their wireless objectives enabling them to seize new opportunities, differentiate and grow through mobility.

Research has predicted that the number of MVNO subscribers is rising at a predicted 10 percent annual growth rate globally. Helping brands capitalize on that opportunity, Sprint Panorama focuses on close collaboration, offering greater industry insights and strategic account plans that can extend the value of wireless to their customers beyond merely offering access to the network and devices.

After launching an MVNO with Sprint, one retail customer has seen a 19 percent increase in store visits while those customers spent 35 percent more money while in-store.

Boost Mobile Unlimited Plans Starting at $40/Month

By: Sarah May 7th, 2014

New “Monthly Unlimited Select” Plans Provide Consumers with Unlimited Talk, Text and Data Solutions to Fit Individual Needs on Phone of Their Choice

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IRVINE, Calif. (BUSINESS WIRE), May 06, 2014 - Boost Mobile, a leader in the no-contract wireless industry, today provides its customers even greater value with the introduction of “Monthly Unlimited Select” – three new plans, starting at just $40/month.

Boost’s Monthly Unlimited Select plans offer value-conscious consumers three easy-to-understand plans that all include unlimited talk, text and data1. Each plan offers different data usage thresholds to help address the varying data needs of consumers. Boost further simplifies the consumer shopping experience by making the Monthly Unlimited Select plans available on all phones in its device portfolio. Consumers no longer need to pay a monthly premium for a smartphone – Boost Mobile customers will even be able to get the all new Samsung Galaxy S® 5 (coming to boostmobile.com May 19) on a $40/month plan.

Waterproof Kyocera Hydro Vibe from Sprint and Virgin Mobile USA

By: Sarah May 7th, 2014

Available in time for Mother’s and Father’s Day, Hydro Vibe is the ideal device for on-the-go parents

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & SAN DIEGO (BUSINESS WIRE), May 05, 2014 – Just in time for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, spring showers and beach days, Sprint (NYSE:S) will offer the all new Kyocera Hydro Vibe waterproof 4G LTE smartphone beginning Friday, May 9. As we move into summer, Virgin Mobile USA will offer the Android™ device as well, without a contract, beginning May 27. Bringing this feature-rich smartphone to both Sprint and Virgin Mobile gives customers choice in how they pay for their devices and their monthly service plans.

According to recent survey data from comScore , 55 percent of people with children say they are “very likely” to purchase a waterproof phone – and for good reason. Parents report damaging phones twice as frequently as those without children.

$15 International Connect: Call & Text Plan from Sprint

By: Sarah May 7th, 2014
International Long Distance Add-On allows customers to call 65 destinations, including Canada and Mexico, with unlimited Framily voice plan minutes at no additional charge 

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – May 2, 2014 – Sprint (NYSE: S) – Just in time for Mother’s Day, Sprint announced today that it will go even further in helping its customers connect with loved ones globally with the introduction of the $15 International Connect: Call & Text add-on. Coupled with the popular new Framily Plan[i], the add-on allows customers to use voice plan minutes to call 65 international destinations, including Canada and Mexico, at no additional charge per-minute. The $15 add-on also includes unlimited international text from the U.S. to over 180 countries.

“We understand how important international calling is to our customers. Connecting with friends and loved ones internationally can be costly and complicated, and we set out to change that with these new competitive and aggressively priced International Connect and International Long Distance Premier offers,” said Kymber Umaña, Hispanic marketing manager for Sprint. “Compared to many of our competitors, Sprint has better pricing in over 50 percent of countries worldwide.”