Sprint Adds Six Markets to Initial Spark Launch; Mobile Peak Speeds Up to 60
Mbps Now Available in 11 Markets
Spark speeds coming to Virgin Mobile USA's Broadband2Go customers with
NETGEAR® Mingle™ Mobile Hotspot, the first U.S. tri-band device designed for
LG G Flex, the nation's first curved, flexible smartphone, joins growing
number of Spark-enabled Sprint smartphones
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Proving that everything really is
bigger in Texas, the "Big D" now enjoys the unprecedented network speeds of
Sprint Spark(SM). In addition to Dallas, Sprint today announced the
availability of Sprint Spark in Austin, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio as
well as Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Sprint Spark is a powerful network capability
that will deliver unprecedented wireless data speeds of up to 60Mbps and
support a new generation of online gaming, virtual reality, advanced cloud
services and other applications requiring high bandwidth.
Spark is now available in the following 11 markets:
oFort Lauderdale, Fla.
oFort Worth, Texas
oSan Antonio, Texas
"Sprint Spark is all about performance," said Stephen Bye, chief technology
officer for Sprint. "When we bring Spark into a market, it is like trading up
to the fastest sports car on the showroom floor. I am excited to see where we
will take this technology in 2014 because I know we are bringing our customers
an unprecedented network experience."
These amazing speeds are possible because of the rollout of Sprint's Network
Vision program, a complete upgrade of the 3G network and deployment of 4G LTE,
which also benefits Sprint's no-contract brands Boost Mobile, payLo and Virgin
Mobile USA. As part of that program, Sprint is redeploying its 800MHz spectrum
for LTE and 3G, delivering improved in-building coverage for voice and data.
Sprint expects the rollout of Network Vision to be largely complete by
Sprint plans to deploy Sprint Spark in about 100 of America's largest cities
during the next three years. By the end of this year, 100 million Americans
are expected to have Sprint Spark coverage.
Spark Speeds on Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go
Building on Network Vision's multimode capability, Sprint Spark is designed to
accommodate all of Sprint's spectrum bands on a single device. These tri-band
smartphones give users the best experience by transparently shifting from one
band to another, depending on such factors as location or type of application.
NETGEAR^® Mingle™ Mobile Hotspot will be the first tri-band device available
for prepaid customers in the United States. It will be available this quarter
on Virgin Mobile's competitive Broadband2Go no-contract plans, which include
daily service on Sprint's 3G/4G LTE networks (where available) for $5/day.
Broadband2Go also offers monthly data plans for $25 with 1.5GB or $55 with
Mingle lets you take Wi-Fi with you, accommodating up to 10 wireless devices
simultaneously. It is a dual-mode 3G/4G LTE device, providing up to 12.5 hours
active time (1,800mAh battery) and featuring secure access with password
protection, plus a 1.77-inch LCD display screen.
Next Wave of Postpaid Spark Devices Debut
Announced at the end of 2013, LG G2 will become tri-band enabled through a
software update later this month. Nexus 5 by LG and the following two devices
will soon join the initial group of Spark-enabled devices:
oLG G Flex is the world's first curved, flexible smartphone and the first
device that is curved to follow the contour of the face. Unique to Sprint,
G Flex will take advantage of the Sprint Spark network. G Flex helps to
deliver a more immersive, cinematic experience, with the result being the
most comfortable viewing angle for watching videos or playing games.
Setting a new milestone in the evolution of the smartphone, G Flex reduces
the distance between one's mouth to the microphone when the device is held
against the ear. The curved design also offers a more reassuring grip and
fits more comfortably in one's back pocket or jacket. G Flex also comes
equipped with a 3,500mAh battery and offers up to 29 hours of talk time.
For more information, please visit www.sprint.com/lggflex.com.
oNETGEAR LTE Gateway 6100D brings the benefit of Sprint Spark's improved
in-building coverage to business and enterprise customers. It is a fixed
wireless router designed to bring high data bandwidth and 24/7
connectivity to fit any business need. This device is the perfect solution
to back up primary service to avoid outages or to replace primary Internet
service in the office because it can connect up to 80 Wi-Fi users while
using the high-speed capabilities of Sprint Spark. It comes preloaded with
many powerful enterprise features, including Power over Ethernet, WAN to
WWAN failover, TR-069 remote management, advanced Wi-Fi encryption and VPN
Additional information for both devices, including specs, pricing and
availability, will be shared at a later date. Sprint currently offers six
Spark-enabled devices, including Samsung Galaxy MEGA™, HTC One^® max, and
NETGEAR^® Zing Mobile Hotspot™.
Customers with Sprint Spark-enabled devices can select the new Sprint Framily
Plan – a revolutionary pricing program that lets consumers decide who they
consider family. The Sprint Framily Plan is available to new and existing
customers. The more people added to the group, up to 10 phone lines, the
greater the savings for everyone on the plan. And because each account can be
billed separately, customers can choose who is in their group.
For one line of service, new Sprint customers pay $55 per month per line for
unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data. For each additional new Sprint customer
who joins the Framily group, the cost per person goes down $5 a month up to a
maximum monthly discount of $30 per line. Build a group of at least seven
people and everyone gets unlimited talk, text and 1GB of data for $25 per
month per line (pricing excludes taxes and surcharges). All members of the
group can customize their plan to meet their unique needs. For only $20 per
month per line, Framily members can buy up to unlimited data plus get a new
phone every year. Plan members can share the savings, without the hassle of
sharing a bill. Each account can be billed separately. Unlimited features are
while on the Sprint network.
For details on Sprint's 4G LTE rebuild and rollout, go to
www.sprint.com/network. For 4G LTE maps, visit www.sprint.com/coverage.
Customers, consumers and members of the media are encouraged to check back
regularly as all maps will be updated and revised as the network's coverage
Sprint (NYSE:S) offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline
communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers,
businesses and government users. Sprint served more than 54 million customers
at the end of the third quarter of 2013 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 as
the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries,
during the last five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at
www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
Contact: Kathleen Dunleavy, 310-709-3689, Kathleen.Dunleavy@sprint.com; or
Lorena Pino, 908-660-0330, Lorena.email@example.com
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