With Recent Upgrades Throughout West Washington, Sprint Customers from Bellingham to Tacoma to Baker Bay Should Expect Better Signal Strength, Faster Data Speeds and Fewer Dropped Calls
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), December 22, 2011 – Sprint (NYSE:S, news, filings) customers in Seattle can have happy holidays this year with increased 3G coverage just in time for holiday shopping, festive parties and family get-togethers.
In the past 90 days, Sprint has implemented 89 network capacity upgrades throughout the Seattle area, with 87 additional enhancements planned for the next 90 days. The upgrades encompass all aspects of a customer’s wireless experience, including voice, data and in-building solutions.
So what does this really mean for Sprint customers? In a word: Everything. It means faster data speeds, so you can download Google Music Store on your HTC EVO™ 3D and hear the latest free song of the day. It means fewer dropped calls so you can call grandma to wish her Merry Christmas. It means confidence that Sprint is committed to investing in Washington and keeping pace with the ever-increasing demand for data. These enhancements to the Sprint 3G Network also serve to bolster performance of the company’s no-contract brands, including devices from Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA.
“What more could you ask for this time of year?” said Jennifer Clark, Sprint’s director of business sales for Washington. “Not only can our customers in west Washington get a great wireless experience, they can also get it without worrying about cost, thanks to Sprint’s unlimited plans. These upgrades are an important step in our overall Network Vision plan.”
Nationwide, Sprint is overhauling its entire network and replacing existing equipment with the newest, most advanced equipment available in the industry through a program called Network Vision.
Announced in December 2010, Network Vision is planned to consolidate multiple network technologies into one seamless network with the goal of increasing efficiency and enhancing network coverage, call quality and data speeds for customers. Smartphone penetration is expected to double over the next four years.* With Network Vision, Sprint is making it easier for data to travel so smartphone customers – who average 10 times more data than feature phone customers* – can use their devices the way they were meant to.
Network Vision and the recent upgrades reflect Sprint’s commitment to customer service, which tied for the No. 1 spot among major wireless carriers for customer satisfaction in the 2011 American Customer Satisfaction Index. The survey showed Sprint as the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, over the past three years.
As Sprint adds capacity across the country on the existing network – 10,251 upgrades from August through October – Network Vision work on 22,000 cell sites is underway. For a detailed look at capacity upgrades in different markets, visit www.sprint.com/network.
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 53 million customers at the end of 3Q 2011 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 2011 American Customer Satisfaction Index showed Sprint is the #1 most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all industries, over the last three years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 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.
*Source: Mobile Access 2010, PEW INTERNET & AMERICAN LIFE PROJECT
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