Sprint Adding 4G LTE to 28 Additional Cities in Coming Months

  Sprint Adding 4G LTE to 28 Additional Cities in Coming Months

 Power data users in several cities will soon enjoy a 4G LTE experience with
        the only truly unlimited 4G LTE plans from a national carrier

Business Wire

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- January 16, 2013

Continuing its push to deliver an enhanced top-tier network experience for
customers, Sprint (NYSE:S) announced today that its 4G LTE network build is
progressing in 28 additional cities within its nationwide 3G footprint. The
deployment is part of Sprint’s Network Vision strategy, a plan to consolidate
multiple network technologies into one new,seamless network with the goal of
increasing efficiency and enhancing network coverage, call quality and data
speeds for customers across the United States.

Work has begun on the 4G LTE network in the following additional areas:

  *Albany, GA
  *Anderson, SC
  *Bay City, MI
  *Branson, MO
  *Bremerton/Silverdale, WA
  *Columbus, GA
  *Columbus, MS
  *Decatur, AL
  *Florence/Muscle Shoals, AL
  *Gadsden, AL
  *Gaffney, SC
  *Gettysburg, PA
  *Glasgow, KY
  *Homosassa Springs, FL
  *Hot Springs, AR
  *Lake City, FL
  *Lake Havasu City/Kingman, AZ
  *Midland, MI
  *Nacogdoches, TX
  *Opelousas/Eunice, LA
  *Oxford, MS
  *Paris, TX
  *Pittsfield, MA
  *Saginaw, MI
  *Spartanburg, SC
  *The Villages, FL
  *Waycross, GA
  *Winona, MN

“We’re committed to providing improved 3G and 4G LTE as quickly as possible,
and keeping our customers informed as to when and where they can experience
the new network’s superior performance and speed,” said Bob Azzi, senior vice
president-Network, Sprint. “Our customers depend on their mobile devices as
their primary source of communication, business connectivity and
entertainment. We’re delivering all of that functionality at a very
competitive price.”

During the pre-launch phase, Sprint customers with capable devices may begin
to see 4G LTE coverage in these areas and are welcome to use the network even
before it officially launches. Through Network Vision, voice quality is
enhanced and Sprint customers in upgraded areas are seeing better performance
on their smartphones, mobile broadband connection cards and mobile hotspots
when using the Sprint 4G LTE and 3G networks. Customers can expect to
experience the following performance improvements once the 4G LTE and 3G
upgrades come to their areas:

  *Faster data speedsthat enable instant Web access for news updates, HD
    viewing and game-playing, quicker video downloads and clear video chats.
  *Better signal strengthwhen making a call or using the Web.
  *Fewer dropped callsfor peace of mind when talking to friends, family or
    colleagues.
  *Improved voice qualityand less static or background noise when making
    phone calls.

Sprint plans to announce commercial availability of 4G LTE in these cities in
the coming months, followed by continued enhancements in coverage, performance
and reliability. Ultimately, Sprint’s 4G LTE coverage is expected to largely
match the existing nationwide 3G footprint.

Sprint has announced nearly 200 markets where Sprint 4G LTE is on its way,
including Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.;
Miami; Nashville, Tenn.; New Orleans; New York; Philadelphia; and Washington,
D.C. To find out more about which markets currently have Sprint 4G LTE and
which markets are coming next, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and currently offers
service in 49 cities^1. As part of its overall Network Vision strategy, Sprint
is also doing a complete overhaul of its 3G infrastructure so that customers
can enjoy better wireless signal strength, in-building coverage, and fewer
dropped/blocked calls. These enhancements are now available to customers in
several markets across the country, with new sites coming online daily. With
these enhancements to Sprint’s 3G network, the company’s prepaid customers, on
Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile, will also benefit and can expect to see better
coverage, improved network reliability and voice quality resulting in up to 20
to 30 percent fewer dropped and blocked calls.

Unlimited + Sprint 4G LTE = Game-changing wireless offer for customers

In today’s competitive wireless market, the value of unlimited has never been
more apparent and Sprint is clearly a leading choice in wireless. Customers
with capable devices can combine Sprint’s all-new 3G and 4G LTE networks and
enjoy unlimited data while on the Sprint network. Data usage continues to
increase and consumers value Truly Unlimited data because it’s simple and
straightforward – while on the Sprint network there is no metering, no
throttling, and no need to share data, which increases the likelihood of a
surprise monthly bill because of overage charges.

Coupled with unbeatable plans and fast devices, Sprint has been working hard
to deliver the best customer experience in the past few years. The 2012
American Customer Satisfaction Index ranked Sprint No. 1 among all national
carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries
measured, over the last four years. And Sprint has been ranked Highest in
Satisfaction with the Purchase Experience among Full-service Wireless
Providers three times in a row by J.D. Power and Associates.

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.

^1 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.;
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; 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.; Peabody, Mass.; Ponce/Coamo/Guayama, Puerto Rico; Rockford, Ill.; Rome,
Ga.; Salina, Kan.; San Antonio; Santa Rosa/Petaluma, Calif.; Sedalia, Mo.;
Shenandoah/Page Counties, Va.; South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind.; St. Joseph, Mo.;
Topeka, Kan.; Vallejo/Fairfield, Calif.; Waco, Texas; Waukegan/Lake County,
Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Wichita Falls, Texas; Winchester, Va.; and York/Hanover,
Pa.

Contact:

Sprint
Kelly Schlageter, 703-592-8809
kelly.a.schlageter@sprint.com
or
Rachael Crocker, 913-762-6719
rachael.a.hill@sprint.com