Sprint Named Most Reliable Network in PC World`s 3G Comparison Tests
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The Now Network Not Only Beats AT&T and Verizon in Reliability, It Also Scores High in Mobile Broadband Speeds OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(Business Wire)-- A 3G comparison test by PC World found Sprint (NYSE:S) as the more reliable network over Verizon and AT&T in 13 cities examined by the magazine, providing further support for Sprint`s "most dependable 3G network" claim. The PC World tests took place in March and April this year in 13 major markets across the country, including Boston, Baltimore, New York, Orlando, Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, New Orleans, Phoenix, Seattle, Portland, San Diego and San Jose. In each location, testers measured download speed, upload speed and reliability. In every market, Sprint bested AT&T for reliability. And, overall, Sprint proved more reliable over Verizon with a strong connection 90.5 percent of the time, according to the results. In Boston, Denver and Seattle, Sprint earned perfect scores - 100 percent reliable in connection tests. Sprint`s Now Network is not only the most reliable according to the PC World 3G tests, it also was applauded for its speed. In most markets, Sprint was competitive with Verizon and AT&T on download speed and was notably faster with better reliability compared with both competitors in the major West Coast cities of Seattle, San Francisco, Portland and San Diego. The PC World results also show that Sprint`s commitment to network performance is paying off for the company`s customers. Today, according to customers and third-party reports, Sprint`s networks have never been better, with these results serving as further confirmation that Sprint operates the nation`s most dependable 3G broadband network.1 In addition, Sprint is leading the way in next generation 4G service. Sprint launched 4G service in Baltimore in late 2008 and expects to launch it in major markets in 2009. 4G will bring the Internet to life for mobile users by offering a faster Internet experience in more cities across the nation than any other wireless service from a national carrier. In addition to dependability, Sprint customers enjoy the best value in the industry with a dynamic suite of Everything plans that allow customers to use their phones the way they want without worrying about their wireless bills. For example, Sprint`s Simply EverythingSM plan provides unlimited nationwide calling, texting, email, Web browsing, GPS navigation and much more for only $99.99 per month. That`s a savings of $1,200 over the course of two years vs. a comparable AT&T iPhone plan.2 To read the entire PC World survey story, visit http://www.pcworld.com/article/167391/a_day_in_the_life_of_3g.html 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 is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving more than 49 million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2009; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com. 1 "Dependable" based on independent, third-party drive tests for 3G data connection success, session reliability and signal strength for the top 50 most populous markets from January 2008 to February 2009. Not all services available on 3G and coverage may default to separate network when 3G unavailable. 2 Savings based on publicly available information comparing AT&T Nation Unlimited plus required iPhone data plan and optional unlimited text messaging totaling $149.99/month for AT&T as of publication date, excluding taxes, surcharges and fees. iPhone is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc. Sprint Stephanie Vinge-Walsh, 310-213-0039 Stephanie.firstname.lastname@example.org or Candace Johnson, 317-660-2232 Candace.Johnson@sprint.com Copyright Business Wire 2009