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Press Release -- March 12th, 2011
Source: Sprint Nextel

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse defines “unlimited” in new TV ad

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), March 12, 2011 – Sprint (NYSE:S, news, filings) aims to set the record straight on what “unlimited” means in a new TV ad that once again features CEO Dan Hesse.

Building on previous successful campaigns featuring Hesse, the Sprint CEO appears for the 10th time in a TV spot that reinforces simplicity, value and Sprint’s commitment to the customer experience. The new advertisement highlights that Sprint customers on Simply Everything® data plans don’t have to worry about surprises on their monthly bills due to data overage charges on phones like they might with AT&T’s tiered data plans. Nor do they have to limit their data usage on phones to avoid throttling, like they might with Verizon’s new policy of slowing down speeds for heavy users or T-Mobile’s policy of limiting speeds once customers reach 5 GB of data usage.

In the ad Hesse says: “The other day, I looked up the word unlimited in the dictionary. Nowhere in the definition did I see words like metering, overage, or throttling, which is code for slowing you down. Only Sprint gives you true unlimited calling, texting, surfing, TV and navigation on all phones.”

He concludes with the question: “Why limit yourself?”

“Some of our competitors continually attempt to create confusion in the mind of the consumer by talking about ‘unlimited’ plans that are not truly unlimited on their networks,” said Bill Morgan, Sprint senior vice president-Corporate Marketing. “If you have to worry about additional charges appearing on your bill based on usage, that’s not an unlimited plan. We chose to use Mr. Hesse to deliver that message because he’s become a trusted voice.”

Sprint’s Simply Everything Plan offers more value and simplicity than other wireless carriers, and is the only plan from a national carrier to offer true unlimited service while on the Sprint network for every phone without the worry of throttling or overage. The Simply Everything Plan delivers unlimited calling, text and Web, including email, social networking, GPS navigation, TV and radio while on the Sprint 3G and 4G networks for $99.99 per month, plus a required $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones.

Comparison of Individual Plans
Sprint AT&T Verizon T-Mobile
$99.99 Simply Everything + Nation Unlimited + Nationwide Talk & Text Even More Unlimited
$10 Premium Data add-on Messaging Unlimited + Unlimited + Unlimited Data Talk + Unlimited Text +
charge required for Data Pro 2 GB for for smartphones Unlimited Data
smartphones smartphones
Price $109.99 per month $114.99 per month $119.98 per month $99.99 per month
Voice Unlimited Calling Unlimited Calling Unlimited Calling Unlimited Calling
Text Unlimited* Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Data Unlimited* 2 GB Unlimited: Throttled for top 5% of users Throttled after 5 GB of use
Overage N/A $10/additional GB N/A N/A
*While on the Sprint Network.
Note: The $10 Premium Data add-on charge is non-discountable.

Customers can learn more about the value of Sprint’s plans by visiting any Sprint store or going online to

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 more than 49.9 million customers at the end of 2010 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. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 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 or and


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