Sprint Enhances Framily Offer with Unrivaled Sound Experience on Exclusive Handset, Exclusive Music Offerings, Free Spotify

  Sprint Enhances Framily Offer with Unrivaled Sound Experience on Exclusive
  Handset, Exclusive Music Offerings, Free Spotify

  *Redefining the way a smartphone should sound with exclusive HTC One (M8)
                              Harman Kardon edition
  *Exclusive music offerings that includes free Spotify and premium access to
              music, concerts and artists with Sprint Sound Sessions
  *Now with no credit check options for Sprint Framily Plan

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- April 29, 2014

Tonight, recording superstar Pharrell Williams kicks off a celebration of
mobile music innovation from Sprint (NYSE: S), ushering in the next generation
of smartphone sound and the arrival of one of the most-complete packages of
music products, services, apps and access from one wireless carrier – making
Sprint’s signature Framily plan even more compelling for new and existing

A forerunner in mobile music, Sprint pioneered the first mobile phone with a
built-in MP3 player, the first mobile streaming radio service and the first
mobile-streamed full-length concerts. Today, Sprint sets new mobile music
standards with HD Audio sound on a groundbreaking handset -- HTC One^® (M8)
Harman Kardon^® edition -- sold exclusively by Sprint.

The new handset is the culmination of a months-long project that Sprint and
its partners at HTC and Harman Kardon embarked on to redefine the way people
listen to music on their smartphones:

  *A revolutionary application -- HARMAN’s Clari-Fi -- that restores and
    “rebuilds” music fidelity lost during audio compression. The first time in
    a mobile device, Clari-Fi yields richer, deeper and clearer sound quality
    for compressed digital music (like MP3 downloads or streaming services
    like Spotify^®).
  *Lossless HD Audio music reproduction via a 24bit/192kHz DAC that delivers
    roughly six times the information of compact disc music and 60 times the
    information of an MP3 or streaming music source when playing high-res
    digital (FLAC) downloads from sources like HDtracks.com.

The HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon edition features industry-leading sound with
HTC’s proprietary front-facing speakers, dedicated custom amps for the
speakers and headphones, and the device comes bundled with a custom set of
Harman Kardon AE-S headphones with extended bass response -- a $149 retail
value. It also boasts up to 160GB of total data storage with a microSD card
slot that supports up to 128GB of storage cards on top of the built-in 32GB.

The device also features a full 5-inch HD (1080p) screen, Qualcomm®
Snapdragon™ 801, 2.3GHz quad-core CPU, Duo Camera™ using the innovative HTC
UltraPixel module and depth sensor, a dual flash, 1080p HD video recording,
access to “world phone” global connectivity, and Sprint Spark for blazing
speeds and crystal-clear HD Voice performance.

As a bonus, Sprint will offer the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio, sold exclusively
by Sprint, for just $99.99 when purchased with the HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon
edition. A $399.99 retail value, the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio provides the
ultimate sound companion to all smart Bluetooth^® devices, furnishing
room-filling sound through its four powered speakers and dual passive

“For years, mobile music has been watered down and compressed into small,
low-resolution digital files,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. “The technological
advances in smartphone processors and memories make high-quality audio
possible today, so Sprint, HARMAN and HTC have partnered to bring this
breakthrough to our customers.”

The Sprint-exclusive device will be available at www.sprint.com or by calling
1-800-SPRINT1, starting May 2. It will be in all Sprint retail stores
beginning on Friday, May 9.With Sprint Easy Pay, well-qualified buyers can
purchase HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon edition with $0 down (plus tax) and 24
monthly payments of $28.34.A world-class audiophile-quality smartphone, the
device will also be available in the coming weeks at www.crutchfield.com and
www.wwstereo.com, two of the nation’s leading providers of high-end

Experience music in more ways than ever

Sprint today also announces a national entertainment platform – Sprint Sound
Sessions – at the core of which is a premium package of music and privileges
for Sprint customers. Sprint Sound Sessions includes:

  *Spotify – Sprint is giving customers access to Spotify’s catalogue of more
    than 20 million songs.Spotify allows users to play music on demand,
    create playlists, discover new music, share tracks with their friends,
    listen to songs offline, and listen to music without ads across multiple
  *Sprint Music Plus – Sprint’s official music store and player for music
    tracks, albums, ringtones and ringback tones.
  *Music Live – an immersive and interactive experience that is continuously
    updated with the latest music news, current hits, new music and featured
    services. The “always-on” live experience enables customers to discover
    and engage with services that include Spotify, Music News Feed, Top Songs,
    NextRadio (FM Radio) – Music Downloads, Ringback Tones, Ringtones and
    ID-a-Song services.
  *NextRadio – an application for listening to local FM broadcasts on
    customers’ smartphones.

Sprint Sound Sessions will also include premium access to streaming music
services, premium and discounted access to live music events, exclusive
performance recordings, and advanced access to new artist releases. Sprint
Sound Sessions will constantly evolve, combining benefits and exclusive
opportunities that make music more accessible, memorable, and ultimately more
satisfying for Sprint customers.

“Sprint designed Sprint Sound Sessions for customers interested in a more
complete and active music experience,” said Jeff Hallock, Sprint chief
marketing officer, “with edgier programming and events, the ability to share
perspectives with like-minded music lovers and simple and seamless ways to
connect with others who share the same passion for music. Sprint Sounds
Sessions will mark a definitive brand evolution for Sprint. If music is an
important part of your life, then Sprint will become the wireless provider for

Sprint treats Framily members to six months’ free Spotify Premium

As an added music bonus, Sprint will offersix months free of Spotify Premium
for all new and existing postpaid Sprint customers (excluding Corporate
Liable) who are on a Sprint Framily plan and have an Android smartphone,
iPhone, Windows 8/8.1 smartphone, including the groundbreaking HTC One (M8)
Harman Kardon edition.Customers not on a Framily plan can enjoy Spotify free
for three months.

For Framily members there’s one more bonus: after six months of free Spotify
Premium, members pay a monthly promotional price of $7.99 (1-5 users)or $4.99
(6-10 users) for 18 months, depending on the number of Spotify Premium users
in their Framily. After 24 months customers pay the standard Spotify price
(currently $9.99 per month).

“With Spotify, people literally have all of the world’s music in their
pockets,” said Daniel Ek, Spotify founder and CEO. “Spotify and Sprint share a
passion for music and technology that makes this partnership a natural fit for
both companies -- and the best music deal ever for Sprint customers.”

Framily (1-5 people)   6 months free and then $7.99/mo. After 18 months,
                        customers will pay full $9.99/mo.
Framily (6-10 people)  6 months free and then $4.99/mo. After 18 months,
                        customers will pay full $9.99/mo.
Non-Framily customers  3 months free and then $9.99/mo. (must opt-out)

Effective May 2, 2014, Sprint will partner with Spotify to launch 3- and
6-month free trials for all postpaid customers. It will launch in all channels
on all compatible Sprint postpaid devices.

Access your favorite sounds on a Sprint device – with no contracts or credit

Beginning May 19, Sprint will make it easier to join a Framily by offering a
no-credit-check option when customers sign up for a Sprint Framily Plan and
purchase a Sprint certified pre-owned device, activate an existing Sprint
phone, or choose to pay full price for their phone. As always, there are no
contracts and no early termination fees with the Sprint Framily Plan.

To make Framily even more affordable, Sprint certified pre-owned devices will
be available in Sprint retail stores starting May 9.Choosing a Sprint
certified pre-owned device is an easy way for customers to get the latest
technology at a fraction of the cost. Every certified pre-owned device is
thoroughly inspected, tested and, if necessary, remanufactured according to
new unit specifications. All certified pre-owned devices go through a 30-point
quality checklist and are inspected for cosmetic defects so they will look
just like new. Sprint offers customers a 14-day worry-free return policy on
all its devices.

Sprint Spark speed and capacity will enhance Sprint music offering

The Sprint exclusive device and Sprint’s compelling music offer will have the
added advantage of running on Sprint Spark in markets where available. Sprint
Spark represents a powerful, new network poised to deliver unprecedented
capacity and speed*, offering an improved mobile music experience to

Earlier today, Sprint launched six new Spark markets -- Newark, N.J.; Oakland,
Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Tacoma, Wash.; Waukegan, Ill., and West Palm Beach,
Fla. Sprint has launched 24 Sprint Spark markets and is expected to reach 100
million people by the end of the year. In a related Sprint Spark announcement
made earlier today, Sprint announced another HTC device -- Sprint’s fifth for
WiFi Calling on the Sprint Spark network -- HTC One Max. WiFi Calling lets
customers make and receive voice calls or texts from a WiFi network at no
additional charge -- another innovation, along with better mobile music, to
improve Sprint’s user experience.

In addition to increased capacity and speed, Sprint Spark also has brought the
most advanced innovation in sound quality to its customers. As of today,
High-Definition (HD) Voice has been deployed in 100 markets as part of the
Sprint Spark build. Sprint expects 20 million customers to have HD
Voice-enabled phones by year-end. Sprint HD Voice expands the normal voice
call from a four-octave range to seven octaves, while helping to reduce
unwanted background noise.


HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of
audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional
markets - supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG^®, Harman Kardon^®,
Infinity^®, JBL^®, Lexicon^® and Mark Levinson^®. The company is admired by
audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional
entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million
automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment
systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across theAmericas,Europe
andAsiaand reported sales of$4.7 billionfor the 12 months endedDec. 31,
2013. The company’s shares are traded on theNew York Stock Exchangeunder the
symbol NYSE:HAR.

(©2014HARMAN International Industries, Inc. All rights reserved.Harman
Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon andMark Levinsonare trademarks ofHARMAN
International Industries, Inc., registered inthe United Statesand/or other
countries. AKG is a trademark ofAKG Acoustics GmbH, registered inthe United
Statesand/or other countries.)

About HTC

Founded in 1997, HTC Corporation (HTC) is the creator of many award-winning
mobile devices and industry firsts. By putting people at the center of
everything it does, HTC pushes the boundaries of design and technology to
create innovative and personal experiences for consumers around the globe.
HTC’s portfolio includes smartphones and tablets powered by the HTC Sense user
experience. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). For more
information, please visitwww.htc.com.

(© 2014 HTC Corporation. All rights reserved. HTC, the HTC logo, HTC One, the
HTC One logo, HTC Sense, HTC Sense TV, Motion Launch, HTC BoomSound, HTC
UltraPixel, UFocus, Zoe, HTC Dot View, HTC BlinkFeed, and all other HTC
product and service names referenced herein are the trademarks or registered
trademarks of HTC Corporation and its affiliates in the U.S. and/or other
countries. All other trademarks and service marks mentioned herein, including
company names, product names, service names and logos, are the property of
their respective owners and their use herein does not indicate an affiliation
with, association with, or endorsement of or by HTC Corporation. Offers,
features, and product appearance and specifications may be subject to change.)

About Spotify

Spotify is an award-winning digital music service that gives you on-demand
access to more than 20 million tracks. Our dream is to make all of the world’s
music available instantly to everyone, wherever and whenever they want it.
Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage and share music with
your friends, while making sure that artists get a fair deal. Spotify is
available in 56 markets across the world, with more than 24 million active
users and more than 6 million paying subscribers: Andorra, Austria, Belgium,
Bolivia, Bulgaria, Denmark, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France,
Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein,
Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, The
Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey,
UK, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El
Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru,
Uruguay, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and
Taiwan. Since its launch in Sweden in 2008, Spotify has driven more than 1
billion US dollars to rights holders. Spotify is already the second biggest
source of digital music revenue for labels in Europe (IFPI, 2011) and the
biggest and most successful music streaming service of its kind globally.

About Sprint

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 nearly 55 million customers as
of March 31, 2014 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; 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. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability
Index (DJSI) North America in 2011, 2012 and 2013. You can learn more and
visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and

*Sprint Spark actual deployment plans and speeds will be determined over time
based on many factors, including build economics and the availability of
equipment, devices and applications.

For more information on Sprint’s music leadership, please visit
www.sprint.com/music or www.sprint.com/spotify
For more information on Sprint Spark markets, please visit


Nichole (Capitelli) Pichardo, 949-748-3364
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