Sprint

Sprint

Company Overview: Sprint is part of the Sprint Nextel Corporation, which was officially formed in August 2005 following the successful acquisition of NEXTEL Communications by Sprint Communications for $35 billion.  Sprint was originally founded as The Brown Telephone Company in 1899 in Abilene, KS.  Sprint Nextel (aka "Sprint") is now headquartered in Reston, VA.

Network Benefits:  Voice services including Push-to-Talk; High speed wireless data services including Sprint Power Vision streaming TV and radio content and music store; Limited Wi-Fi wireless Internet service.

Special Plan Features: Everything you need!  Sprint offers individual "Everything" plans offer unlimited mobile to mobile, night calling starting at 7 p.m. and weekends, domestic long distance and no roaming charges.  Or get Simply Everything for unlimited anytime minutes instead!

Unique Features:  Sprint Power Vision offers mobile data and entertainment services on a monthly or per-Kilobyte basis.

Pros: Extensive coverage for voice and high speed data services; Merger with Nextel means free calling between many Sprint and Nextel subscribers; Sprint Everything plans.

Cons: Fewer handsets available than with GSM carriers; Power Vision plans more expensive than wireless Web offerings from other major carriers.

Technology Used: CDMA Network using the 1xRTT standard.  Sprint is currently rolling out a higher speed EVDO network, slated for nationwide coverage by the end of 2007.

Coverage: Nationwide Sprint CDMA network;  EVDO network available in 41 U.S. states as of August 2006.  Rural coverage through roaming partnership with Alltel.

Customer Service Review: See Consumer Reviews

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