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Press Release -- December 29th, 2015
Source: Sprint Nextel

Sprint Network #1 in Austin

With a tie in overall performance, the fastest download speed, and 50% off most competitors’ rate plans, it’s a great time to switch to Sprint

AUSTIN, Texas (BUSINESS WIRE), December 29, 2015 – Independent mobile analytics firm RootMetrics® has just released a new RootScore® Report showing Sprint now has the fastest median download speed in Austin, and it has received a shared #1 ranking in overall performance, reliability, and call, along with an outright win in text performance.

This is Sprint’s second consecutive win of RootScore Awards in Austin for overall performance, reliability, call and text. During testing RootMetrics also found that Sprint had the fastest median download speed at 16.7 Mbps, up from 10.8 Mbps since the previous test in May 2015. As for call performance, the company recorded zero dropped or blocked calls during testing.

“We’re proud to give Austin a top-ranked wireless network, one that enables entertainment, communication and collaboration across this vibrant city. With strong overall performance, super-fast speeds, and 50% off most competitors’ rates, it’s a great time to give our network a try.”

John Stevens, President, Central Texas Region

A Top-Ranked LTE Plus Network in Austin

RootMetrics drove a total of 1,097 miles and conducted 21,729 tests in Austin. During testing RootMetrics was able to experience Sprint’s newly deployed carrier aggregation technology on the 2.5GHz spectrum band. This feature of Sprint’s LTE Plus network essentially creates a wider lane that allows more network traffic to travel at higher rates, enabling Sprint to provide Austin customers with even faster data speeds.

In addition to deploying some of the most advanced technologies in wireless, Sprint has relentlessly focused on expanding and fine-tuning the network in Austin. In the past year, the company added new cell sites and increased its coverage and capacity across all three of its LTE Plus spectrum bands – 1.9GHz for broad coverage, 800MHz for better indoor service, and 2.5GHz for faster data speeds. Sprint’s network team also systematically optimized each cell site to maximize overall performance, coverage, capacity and speed.

Austin, Switch to Sprint and Save 50%

Consumers switching to Sprint can take advantage of the biggest wireless offer in U.S. history – 50 percent off the price of most Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile rate plans.1 Customers who switch get 50 percent off most current rate plan prices from their current carrier. And, Sprint will pay switching fees up to $650 per line via an American Express® Reward Card after online registration and phone turn-in.2

About RootMetrics

RootMetrics, an independent mobile analytics firm that offers insights into the consumer mobile experience, tests the networks of all four major wireless carriers in the U.S. twice per year. The company provides objective, unbiased assessments of performance across a broad range of consumer-oriented mobile activities including data usage, calling, and texting. Network reliability measures a customer’s ability to establish and keep a data connection, make and retain a call, and send and receive texts.

Rankings based on RootMetrics Austin (December 2015) RootScore Report for mobile performance as tested on best available plans and devices on 4 mobile networks across all available network types. The RootMetrics award is not an endorsement of Sprint. Your results may vary. See for details.

About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE:S, news, filings) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served more than 58.6 million connections as of September 30, 2015 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 no-contract 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. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint or and

1Discount applies to base monthly service plan and access charges only. Discount does not apply to certain charges such as taxes, surcharges, roaming, premium content, add-ons, and apps. New plan features may not be an exact match. Discount offer limited to regular rates on consumer plans as of 12/29/15 for: Verizon’s shared data rate plans as of 12/29/15 for 1GB, 3GB, 6GB, 12GB, 18GB, 20GB, 25GB, 30GB, 40GB and 50GB; T-Mobile’s Simple Choice rate plan prices as of 12/29/15 for 2GB, 6GB and 10GB; and AT&T’s shared data rate plans as of 12/29/15 for 300MB, 2GB, 5GB, 15GB, 20GB, 25GB, 30GB, 40GB and 50GB. Discount excludes competitor promotional or sale prices. Plans exclude unlimited music and video streaming, data carryover, and cloud options that other carrier plans may offer. Offer/coverage not available everywhere or for discounted phones. Subject to new-line, $36 activation fee, credit, valid port-in. Customer must choose from same porting carrier rate card.
2Requires valid port-in, submission of previous bill, current phone turn in and online registration. Via American Express Reward Card.


Adrienne Norton, 425-256-7014

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