Overland Park, Kansas (PRESS RELEASE – November 25, 2009) – Sprint (NYSE: S), home of America’s most dependable 3G network**, today announces a new approach to simplify how small businesses select mobile devices and plans. Whether just starting a new business, expanding with new employees or upgrading to the latest devices and mobile technology, Sprint offers more value and the best options for small businesses to “cut the cord” and take their office to virtually wherever they need to conduct business.
This follows Sprint’s recent announcement of the formation of its Small Business specialty team to sharpen the company’s focus on the rapidly growing small business market segment by dedicating resources, customizing products and developing special offers for small business owners.
The new approach will simplify how small businesses select the best devices and pricing plans to meet their specific needs. They can choose from popular and trusted business devices, including smart phones, Nextel Direct Connect® phones and Mobile Broadband devices. Available pricing plans offer substantial cost savings over comparable plans from AT&T and Verizon. Plans also pack in more value with unlimited Nextel Direct Connect and Group Connect, as well as unlimited Mobile to Office with unlimited domestic calling to and from a designated wireline number. Plus, for a limited time, customers will receive one month of free Mobile Broadband with activation of Mobile Broadband service and device as well as activation of new voice service.
It’s as simple as that and it’s easy on the budget – just visit www.sprint.com/smallbusiness (see “Solutions by Business Size” box).
Plans featured in this offer include:
• Voice/data plans:
o Everything Messaging Share plan
o Everything Data Share plan
o Sprint Business Advantage plans (any tier)
o Nextel Direct Connect Custom plans (any tier)
• Mobile Broadband plans
o Sprint 3G Mobile Broadband Connection plan 500MB
o Sprint 3G Mobile Broadband Connection plan 5GB
o Sprint 3G/4G Mobile Broadband Connection Unlimited plan
In addition to the significant cost savings over comparable competitive pricing plans, the Sprint Everything Data Share plan and Business Advantage Messaging and Data plan featured in this solution also include the new Any Mobile, AnytimeSM voice feature. This allows customers on these plans to have unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling from the Sprint network to and from ANY wireless phones on any U.S. wireless carrier network at any time.
Small businesses can enjoy additional monthly discounts by signing up for Sprint\’s Volume Discounts for Business, or vertical and industry discount programs – just visit www.sprint.com/volume.
“Our mix of network assets, including a robust 3G network and expanding 4G footprint, and an expanding portfolio of business products best positions Sprint to deliver customized offers to meet the unique needs of business owners and their employees,” said Tom Shaughnessy, managing director of small business, Sprint. “Our approach offers more value, flexibility and simplicity than anyone else in the industry. We can help businesses cut the cord and save money by purchasing services based on the features they most use.”
Small business solutions are available through Sprint’s Business Markets Group (BMG), which is composed of more than 4,000 sales, support, marketing and operations personnel solely dedicated to enterprise, small and medium-sized business and public sector customers. BMG delivers wireless, wireline and converged solutions for companies, drawing on the nation’s most dependable 3G mobile broadband network, 4G capabilities that are well ahead of Sprint’s competition, the fastest national push-to-talk network,*** and a comprehensive solutions portfolio of devices and applications.
ABOUT SPRINT NEXTEL
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving more than 48 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2009 and the first and only 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company’s customer-focused strategy has led to improved first call resolution and customer care satisfaction scores. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
* Comparisons based on publicly-available information as of 10/06/09 comparing base monthly rates, excluding taxes, surcharges and fees.
**”Dependable” based on independent, third-party drive tests for 3G data connection success, session reliability and signal strength for the top 50 most populous US markets (including Puerto Rico) from January 2008 to August 2009. Not all services available on 3G and coverage may default to separate network when 3G unavailable.
*** “Fastest” based on initial call setup time.