April 11 – Samsung Galaxy S 5 Comes to Sprint Customers for Zero Down with Easy Pay

By: Sarah March 21st, 2014

Customers can reserve Galaxy S 5 at any Sprint Store now

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), March 21, 2014 – Sprint (NYSE:S) will offer Samsung Galaxy S® 5 paired with the super-high-speed network capability of Sprint Spark™ (available in select markets) and the significant savings of the Sprint Framily Plan on Friday, April 11. With Sprint Easy Pay, well-qualified buyers can purchase Samsung Galaxy S 5 with $0 down (plus tax) and 24 monthly payments of $27.09.

Beginning today, customers can visit any Sprint Store to reserve Galaxy S 5. Customers who have reserved their Galaxy S 5 will be contacted to complete their purchase as soon as devices become available. More information on how to get Galaxy S 5 is available atwww.sprint.com/galaxys5.

For a limited time only, customers who purchase Galaxy S 5 on a Sprint Framily Plan with Easy Pay will also get Samsung Galaxy Tab® 3 7.0 free with activation on a data plan with a two-year service agreement. Sprint customers can add a data plan for Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 to their account with rate plans starting at $10 per month (excluding taxes and surcharges).

Galaxy S 5 will be available in Charcoal Black and Shimmery White.

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New Samsung Gear Devices

By: Sarah March 21st, 2014

Connectivity enabling active lifestyles

Samsung Gear™ Fit
Gear Fit provides the connectivity benefits of Samsung wearable technology while tracking steps and monitoring heart rate to help achieve health and fitness goals.1 It also keeps the Galaxy smartphone user up to date with instant notifications such as incoming calls, email, SMS, alarm, Calendar and third party applications. Key features include:

  • 1.84-inch Curved Super AMOLED® Touchscreen Display
  • IP67 dust and water resistant2
  • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate Sensor
  • Typical battery usage: 3~4 days; Low usage: Up to 5 days
  • Bluetooth® 4.0 LE

Gear Fit is designed to comfortably contour to the wrist with a beautiful curved Super AMOLED display. It is available in Charcoal Black, with optional changeable straps in Wild Orange and Mocha Grey (sold separately).

Samsung Gear™ 2 Neo
Gear 2 Neo includes the features of Gear Fit and adds the ability to make and receive calls. Key features include:

  • 1.63-inch Super AMOLED
  • IP67 dust and water resistant
  • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart Rate Sensor, IrLED (remote control)
  • Typical battery usage 2~3 days; Low usage up to 6 days
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE

Gear 2 Neo will be available in Charcoal Black.

Sprint – Domestic Best-In-Class Award for Voice Value from ATLANTIC-ACM

By: Sarah March 19th, 2014

Sprint Wholesale Solutions is rated above industry average, meaning survey respondents appreciate the voice quality and value of the Sprint Network

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), March 18, 2014 - Sprint (NYSE:S) Wholesale Solutions earned a Best-In-Class Award yesterday from industry-leading research firm ATLANTIC-ACM for 2014 U.S. Long Haul Carrier Excellence. ATLANTIC-ACM recognized Sprint with the award for No. 1 performance in the Voice Value category. For the fourth consecutive year, Sprint has received a Best-In-Class Award from ATLANTIC-ACM after the firm surveyed customers to rank carrier excellence for its U.S. Long Haul Wholesale Report Card.

“ATLANTIC-ACM’s research validates that, once again, Sprint delivers the network reliability and value that our wholesale customers require, equipping them to take market share,” said Karen Freitag, vice president – Global Sales at Sprint. “This Best-In-Class Award for Voice Value not only demonstrates that we have the network to enable our Wholesale customers, but that we are easy to work with when it comes to establishing mutually agreeable pricing.”

Sprint and CU Solutions Group’s New Affiliation with Spireon’s Automotive Solutions Group’s

By: Sarah March 19th, 2014

Automotive Collateral Management solution developed and designed exclusively for Credit Union Members, and now certified to operate on the Sprint nationwide 3G network

IRVINE, Calif. & OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), March 18, 2014 – Spireon, the leading provider of Mobile Resource Management (MRM) and business intelligence solutions used by companies to maximize their mobile assets and workforce, announces an exciting new collaboration between the company’s Automotive Solutions Group, Sprint (NYSE:S) and CU Solutions Group (CUSG).

CUSG is a leading industry organization offering credit unions nationwide innovative solutions for improving their business operations, efficiencies and member services. CUSG has added Spireon’s LoanPlus CMS (collateral management system) to its arsenal of solutions for credit unions looking to serve a broader range of members with automotive loans while reducing their risk.

Spireon’s LoanPlus CMS is a GPS-based collateral management system that allows credit unions to capture a wealth of real-time data about their automotive collateral’s location, movement and status, then leverage this data to improve member services, collateral management and collections. The latest generation of LoanPlus CMS runs on the Sprint 3G nationwide network – and has been recognized as “Best Automotive Collateral Management Platform” in the M2M category during the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Boasting a total subscriber base of more than 1.7 million, Spireon brings a proven technology to team with Sprint’s leading telecommunications solutions.

The Frost & Sullivan Green Excellence Award Goes to Sprint

By: Sarah March 18th, 2014

Environmental efforts and commitment to sustainability earn wireless carrier top marks

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), March 18, 2014 - Frost & Sullivan, a global consulting firm specializing in market research and technology, has awarded Sprint [NYSE:S] its 2014 North American Award for Green Excellence. It is the second year in a row the wireless carrier has earned the award, which is presented annually to the industry leader that has clearly demonstrated corporate social responsibility by promoting conservation, re-use and recycling, and global sustainability standards while sharing best practices across its supply chain.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in such areas as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

“Sprint was a pioneer in establishing a long-term vision for more environmentally responsible mobile devices and created a set of rigorous environmental specifications for their device manufacturers,” said Brent Iadarola, global director-Frost & Sullivan Mobile and Wireless Communications. “Sprint also made it a priority to efficiently manage resources used in its business operations to reduce its own environmental footprint. For example, Sprint committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 20 percent and increase its use of renewable energy from today’s 5 percent to 10 percent by 2017.”

Sprint has leaned on its history of innovation and technology to identify opportunities to reduce its energy demand. By the end of 2012, Sprint had already achieved an 18.81 percent reduction in GHG emissions – nearly reaching its goal of a 20 percent absolute emission reduction by 2017. The progress, in large part, is due to the introduction of more efficient equipment as part ofNetwork Vision, an increase in renewable energy purchases, energy-efficiency improvements at its data centers and a shift to more fuel-efficient SmartWay-certified fleet vehicles.

Sprint Continues 4G LTE Expansion

By: Sarah March 17th, 2014

All-new network brings Sprint Spark and HD Voice to Provo, Utah, and Trenton, N.J.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), March 17, 2014 - Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced 20 new 4G LTE markets, bringing faster data speeds to customers in such locations as Bridgeport/Stamford/Norwalk, Conn.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Omaha, Neb.; Peoria, Ill.; and Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla. Sprint expects to cover 250 million people with 4G LTE by mid-year. Sprint today also announced Sprint Spark™ in Provo, Utah, and Trenton, N.J, as well as the upcoming availability of HD Voice.

Sprint Spark is an enhanced LTE service that’s built for data and designed to deliver peak wireless speeds of 60Mbps today on capable devices, with the potential for speeds three times as fast by late next year.1 With its unique combination of network technologies, spectrum capacity and tri-band devices, Sprint Spark is designed to greatly improve the performance of video and other bandwidth-intensive applications, including new generations of online gaming, virtual reality and advanced cloud services. It enables stutter-free video chat on-the-go and mobile gaming that leaves lag behind.

HD Voice is also now available to customers in Provo, and will soon be available in Trenton. HD Voice is a new Sprint standard for mobile phones where background noise is virtually eliminated and sound quality is dramatically enhanced.2 HD Voice is designed to provide a better experience than a landline. A typical phone without HD Voice offers four octaves of sound, but a phone with HD Voice offers seven (10 octaves is considered perfect hearing).

“Sprint’s all-new network is providing our customers significantly better call quality and faster data speeds in more places,” said John Saw, chief network officer at Sprint. “Customers in Provo and Trenton will be particularly pleased with the power of Sprint Spark – say goodbye to slow downloads and content that lags.”

Sprint’s nationwide 4G LTE network now reaches the following 20 new markets:

Newly Launched 4G LTE Markets

By: Sarah March 17th, 2014
4G LTE Launched Markets as of March 17, 2014
 Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and now offers service in the following markets:
• Abbeville, La.
• Abilene, Texas
• Adrian, Mich.
• Albany, Ga.
• Albany/Corvallis, Ore.
• Albemarle, N.C.
• Albertville, Ala.
• Alexandria, La.
• Allegan, Mich.
• Altoona, Pa.
• Amarillo, Texas
• Amsterdam, N.Y.
• Anderson, Ind.
• Anderson, S.C.
• Ann Arbor, Mich.
• Anniston/Oxford, Ala.
• Appleton, Wis.
• Ardmore, Okla.
• Asheville, N.C.
• Ashland, Ohio
• Ashtabula, Ohio
• Athens, Ga.
• Athens, Texas
• Atlanta
• Atlantic City, N.J.
• Auburn/Opelika, Ala.
• Augusta, Ga.
• Austin, Texas

Sprint Prepaid – Expanding No-Contract Plan Offers

By: Sarah March 14th, 2014

Sprint Prepaid offers smartphone plans as low as $45 per month for commitment-phobic fans seeking the control that comes with prepaying each month

Sprint LTE and Sprint Spark devices included

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), March 14, 2014 – Sprint (NYSE: S) is launchingSprint® Prepaid today, a new branded offer for those customers who want the control that comes with prepaying for their wireless service each month, the savings that come with paying for the device up front with no long-term commitment contracts, and the benefit of being with the Sprint brand.

“Our goal is to respond to customers’ shifting demands by featuring a variety of wireless plans that meet different needs,” said Jeff Hallock, Sprint chief marketing officer. “This new Sprint Prepaid offer allows us to play more competitively in the monthly prepaid space. Prepaid plans are a viable solution for many consumers, and we’re now making these available to people who have an affinity for the Sprint brand, are looking for savings, and desire no-contract options without compromise.”

Similar to Sprint’s popular prepaid brands – Virgin Mobile USA and Boost Mobile — Sprint Prepaid is specifically designed for the Sprint customer who doesn’t want to go through a credit check or has hit other spending or line limits. With a prepaid plan, the customer pays in advance for the device and for each month of service and does not receive a monthly bill.

Sprint Phone Trade-in Program Remains No. 1

By: Sarah March 14th, 2014

Compass Intelligence names Sprint Buyback program as the best among all major U.S. carriers

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), March 14, 2014 – For the third straight year, Sprint[NYSE:S] has been recognized as having the best phone buyback program among all major U.S. carriers by Compass Intelligence, a market analytics and consulting firm, who released its latest report today, “Buyback and Trade-in Program Market Assessment.” The report provides a comprehensive assessment of mobile device trade-in programs and assessed carriers based on program capabilities and customers’ experience.

The convenience of Sprint’s Buyback program, significant presence in-store and online, as well as its commitment to reclaiming devices earning such accolades as breaking a Guinness World Record, led to the recognition. Sprint continues to highlight the environmental benefits of phone recycling and to raise awareness around the financial benefits of its phone trade-in program, for which customers can receive up to a $300 account credit. To date, Sprint Buyback and the company’s other wireless device recycling programs have collected more than 50 million devices.

“Sprint earns the highest ranking among all major U.S. carriers for its mobile phone buyback program due to its creative use of partnerships, promotions and customer messaging,” said Kate Pearce, strategist and senior consultant at Compass Intelligence. “The carrier continues to demonstrate leadership in this area and is committed to an eco-focused approach in the way it does business.”

Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator Powered by Techstars

By: Sarah March 13th, 2014

World-class accelerator program tackles wellness, chronic illness, animal health and big data

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), March 12, 2014 – Ten mobile health-related startup teams from across the country and Australia have arrived in Kansas City to build and strengthen their businesses in the inaugural Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator powered by Techstars. The three-month intensive mentor-driven program, located in Kansas City’s Crossroads District, officially kicks off this week.

Sprint (NYSE:S) has partnered with Techstars to bring the world-class accelerator program to Kansas City as part of its ongoing activities to help grow the region’s already vibrant startup community.

The Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator powered by Techstars will provide entrepreneurs in this field an amazing advantage to hone their business strategies and structure and be mentored by leading technology experts from Sprint, regional health care leaders and successful entrepreneurs from around the country. Each startup receives up to $120,000 in funding. The program culminates in June when the 10 companies will pitch to an audience of investors and business leaders from around the U.S. and the Kansas City community.