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Press Release -- June 13th, 2016
Source: Sprint Nextel

Sprint Network #1 in Chicago

With a tie for first in overall network performance and 50% off most competitors’ rate plans, it’s a great time to switch to Sprint

CHICAGO (BUSINESS WIRE), June 13, 2016 – Sprint today announced that its network in Chicago received shared 1st place rankings for overall performance, network reliability, call performance and text performance, according to a new RootScore® Report by independent mobile analytics firm RootMetrics®.

This marks the first time Sprint has won or shared the overall RootScore award in Chicago. Sprint also shares the Call Performance RootScore award for the second consecutive test period and shares the Text Performance RootScore award for the fourth consecutive test period in Chicago.

“Our Chicago network gets better every day as we work to deliver the consistent reliability, capacity, and speed that our customers demand,” said Jim Mills, Sprint president of Illinois and Wisconsin. “We’re pleased with these latest results for overall performance, and we’re laser-focused on keeping our #1 status as we further invest in our Chicago network.”

RootMetrics drove a total of 5,444 miles and conducted 82,057 tests in Chicago. During testing RootMetrics was able to experience Sprint’s carrier aggregation technology on the 2.5GHz spectrum band. This feature of Sprint’s super-fast LTE Plus Network creates a wider lane that allows more network traffic to travel at higher rates, enabling Sprint to provide Chicago 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 Chicago. In the past year, the company added new cell sites, increased its coverage and capacity, and systematically optimized each cell site to maximize performance. Sprint also improved service and upgraded the wireless systems at Chicago Transit Authority, O’Hare Airport, Soldier Field and United Center.

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 T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T 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 Chicago (May 2016) 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 58.8 million connections as of March 31, 2016 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

1 Discount 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. Carrier features differ. Plans exclude unlimited music and video streaming, data carryover, tethering and cloud options that other carrier plans may offer. Available on non-discounted phones. Activation fee of up to $30/line applies. Applies to Verizon Plan 1GB, 3GB, 6GB, 12GB, 18GB, 20GB, 25GB, 30GB, 40GB, and 50GB; AT&T Mobile Share Value 300MB, 2GB, 5GB, 15GB, 20GB, 25GB, 30GB, 40GB, and 50GB; and T-Mobile Simple Choice 2GB, 6GB and 10GB rate plans. Savings until 5/31/18. Other monthly charges apply. Offer/coverage not available everywhere. Subject to new-line, credit, valid port-in. Customer must choose from same porting carrier rate card.

2 Via an American Express® Reward Card (less trade-in value) after online registration and new phone activation.


Yui Namiki, 312-523-1532

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