Sprint Selects Samsung and HTC for Windows Phone 8 Launch with Truly Unlimited Sprint 4G LTE

  Sprint Selects Samsung and HTC for Windows Phone 8 Launch with Truly
  Unlimited Sprint 4G LTE

2013 International CES

Business Wire

LAS VEGAS -- January 7, 2013

Sprint (NYSE:S) today joined with Microsoft to announce the upcoming
availability of Windows Phone 8 smartphones on the Sprint nationwide network.
Sprint will bring two initial handsets to customers by summer – one each from
Samsung and HTC.

Sprint is the only national carrier with Truly Unlimited℠ 4G LTE data, text
and calling to any mobile with no metering, no throttling, and no overages.
Sprint will bring the unlimited data experience to Windows Phone 8 with
Sprint’s Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, Anytime^SM including unlimited
Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint
Network, starting at just $79.99 per month. This is a savings of $20 per month
versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web
(excludes taxes and surcharges).

“Sprint has had a strong relationship with Microsoft for many years so we are
excited to reinforce our commitment to the Windows 8 platform by sharing the
details and timing for our first Windows Phone 8 smartphones,” said Fared
Adib, Sprint senior vice president, product development and operations. “These
smartphones combine a robust new operating platform with the benefit of
Sprint’s unlimited data plans. There is no doubt these phones will quickly
become an extension of your PC experience right in the palm of your hand.”

Both the Samsung and HTC smartphones will offer Sprint 3G and 4G LTE and
impressive lists of features including dual cameras enabling video chat,
dual-core processors for enhanced internal speed between applications and
support for expandable external memory. Additional device details, including
pricing, will be shared closer to their availability dates.

Windows Phone 8 offers a truly personal phone experience, connecting Sprint
customers to the people and information that matters most to them. With a
similar look and feel, the same technology core, and the same built-in
SkyDrive cloud service, Windows Phone 8 is built to work seamlessly with
Windows 8 PCs, Microsoft Surface devices and the Xbox 360 console.

“We’re looking forward to bringing two new Windows Phone 8 devices by Samsung
and HTC to market with Sprint this summer, adding to our strong Windows Phone
8 portfolio,” said Terry Myerson, Corporate Vice President of the Windows
Phone Division. “These devices, coupled with Sprint’s unlimited 4G LTE data
experience, will make it easy for Windows Phone 8 customers to have the most
personal smartphone experience possible, wherever they are.”

Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and now offers
service in 49 markets^i. Sprint has announced nearly 150 markets that will see
an official LTE launch in the coming months. For the most up-to-date details
on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.
For detailed 4G LTE maps, providing coverage information right down to the
address, please visit www.sprint.com/coverage. Customers are encouraged to
check back often, as the maps will be updated when coverage in these markets
is enhanced.

For more information, visit www.sprint.com/windows8.

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 served nearly 56 million
customers at the end of the third quarter of 2012 and is widely recognized for
developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the
first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States;
offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands
including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant
national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1
Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1
among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across
all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in
both its 2011 and 2012 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s
greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can
learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and
www.twitter.com/sprint.

About Microsoft Corporation

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

Samsung is a registered trademark of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 4G LTE when
used in connection with Samsung devices refers to the fact that the devices
are capable of operating on Sprint’s 4G LTE network.

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^i Anderson, Ind.; Atlanta; Athens, Ga.; Baltimore;
Barnstable/Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass.; Calhoun, Ga.; Carrollton, Ga.;
Chicago/Naperville/Joliet, Ill.; Clark County, Va./Jefferson County, W.Va.;
Columbus, Ind.; Dallas; Franklin County, Pa.; Fort Worth, Texas; Gainesville,
Ga.; Gary, Ind.; Granbury/Hood County, Texas; Hagerstown, Md./Martinsburg,
W.Va.; Harrisburg/Carlisle/Hershey, Pa.; Harrisonburg, Va.; Houston, Texas;
Huntsville, Texas; Hutchinson, Kan.; Indianapolis/Carmel, Ind.; Kansas City,
Kan./Mo.; Kankakee/Bradley/Bourbonnais, Ill.; Lawrence, Kan.;
Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.; McPherson, Kan.; Muncie, Ind.; Newnan, Ga.; New
Bedford/Fall River, Mass.; Page County, Pa.; Peabody, Mass.; Rockford, Ill.;
Rome, Ga.; Salina, Kan.; San Antonio; Santa Rosa/Petaluma, Calif.; Sedalia,
Mo.; Shenandoah County, Va.; South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind.; St. Joseph, Mo.;
Topeka, Kan.; Waco, Texas; Waukegan/Lake County, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Wichita
Falls, Texas; Winchester, Va.; and Yauco/Ponce/Coamo/Santa Isabel/Guayama,
Puerto Rico

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Media Contacts:
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Michelle Leff Mermelstein
703-592-8357
michelle.leff@sprint.com
or
Microsoft Corporation
Waggener Edstrom Rapid Response
503-443-7070
rrt@waggeneredstrom.com
 
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