Sprint customers to enjoy local FM radio on smartphones via FM radio chip

  Sprint customers to enjoy local FM radio on smartphones via FM radio chip

2013 International CES

Business Wire

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- January 8, 2013

Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced a preliminary arrangement with representatives
of the American radio industry that will enable Sprint customers to listen to
local FM radio stationsfrom a broad spectrum of radio companies and
aggregators on select Androidand Windows smartphones during the next three
years. FM radio could be delivered through the NextRadio tuner application or
other radio apps or services.

This announcement marks the first time a U.S. wireless carrier would offer the
ability to access local FM radio on a broad array of its devices. Consumers
today can listen to radio on smartphones by streaming over the Internet. As
part of this plan, Sprint customers could use their smartphones and the
NextRadio tuner to listen to local FM radio stations.

With the NextRadio tuner – expected to be available later in 2013 – Sprint
customers would enjoy a wide range of interactive listener features not
available today and would have the availability of local FM radio at their
fingertips to access all forms of broadcast information. Demonstrations of
NextRadio will be offered at booth 9033 in the Central hall during CES.

Fared Adib, senior vice president, product development and operations at
Sprint, stated, “We look forward to bringing Sprint customers another
entertainment choice through NextRadio. This new, easy-to-use service adds
another dimension to the versatility of our wide array of smartphones and will
deliver a new avenue for thousands of local radio stations across the country
to reach our customers.”

Gordon Smith,president ofthe National Association of Broadcasters, said,
“This opportunity combines the strengths of the Sprint network with the impact
ofAmerica’s radio stations. It is the type of business-to-business
partnership that recognizes the unique strengths of the wireless networks and
the radio industry and provides services that are so important to the American
people.”

Bob Pittman, CEO of Clear Channel, noted, “This is a great development for the
radio industry, one which will help us bring the content and services that
only radio can provide to the wireless system. It's an important benefit for
consumers across America, and we are pleased to participate in this effort.”

Jeff Smulyan, CEO of Emmis Communications, who acted as principal negotiator
for the radio industry, added, “Today is a remarkable day for our industry.I
am gratified by the unity I have seen in our industry.It seems every
broadcaster I know has supported this effort, and I am grateful to the
tireless efforts of industry leaders, from the largest companies to the owners
of the smallest stations … all of whom have helped us reach this
agreement.While there is much work to be done,today is a critical first
step.”

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.

Contact:

Sprint
Jennifer Walsh, 913-315-3715
Jennifer.r.walsh@sprint.com
 
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