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Sprint Brings 4G LTE to Customers in Chicagoland

Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced that 4G LTE will be available to major Chicago suburban areas. Customers in Addison, Bolingbrook, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Kankakee, Rockford, Joliet, Naperville, Palatine, Plainfield, Ill., along with Gary, Ind., will have access to Sprint’s high-speed 4G LTE service – bringing faster speeds for mobile gaming, uploading photos, surfing the Web and streaming videos. Continuing Sprint’s nationwide roll-out of 4G LTE, the company also recently announced that it will deliver 4G LTE to an additional 115 cities in coming months – including downtown Chicago.

“Customers in the Chicago area are eager for 4G LTE, and we are excited to launch the first phase of this new service to parts of Chicagoland,” said Kimberly Green-Kerr, area vice president, Sprint. “Sprint’s high-speed network combined with winning devices and unlimited data plans make an unbeatable package for our customers.”

In Illinois, Sprint also offers service to Lake County customers. The service will continue to roll out and expand across the Chicagoland area in the coming weeks and months. “I am excited to see Sprint’s new 4G LTE network lighting up in many of the places that I use my phone. I travel throughout the Chicagoland area and it will be great to experience the faster speeds for my data needs,” said Mark Malec, Sprint customer.

Keeping up with current wireless data usage and looking into the future, Sprint is building an all-new 3G and 4G LTE network as part of a strategy known as Network Vision. This network build-out is expected to improve all aspects of the wireless experience for customers.

Today, some customers in parts of Chicago, Los Angeles and New York are experiencing better 3G service thanks to the start of the Network Vision program in those areas. Additionally, customers in areas of Baltimore, Boston and Washington, D.C., have been enjoying enhanced 3G performance. As Network Vision continues to rollout across the country, Sprint customers can expect to see significant improvement in their 3G network experience, including expanded coverage, improved network reliability, better voice quality, and faster 3G data speeds.

Sprint offers a wide selection of 4G LTE smartphones, Truly UnlimitedSM data plans and excellent customer service. Sprint offers a portfolio of 4G LTE-capable devices, which includes powerhouse smartphones such as the packed Samsung Galaxy Victory™ 4G LTE, HTC EVO™ 4G LTE, and LG Optimus G™(coming soon). Customers can sign up for an Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM, which includes unlimited Web, texting and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint Network, starting at just $79.99 per month for smartphones – a savings of $20 per month versus Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and 2GB Web (excludes taxes and surcharges). Customers value Truly Unlimited data, because it’s simple and straightforward – no metering, no throttling or overages, and no need to share minutes or data, all while on the Sprint network.

Additionally, the 2012 American Customer Satisfaction Index ranked Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years.

Sprint introduced its all-new 4G LTE network in July 2012 and currently offers service in 32 cities1. For the most up-to-date details on Sprint’s 4G LTE portfolio and rollout, visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.

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 56 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2012 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 American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four 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.

1 Atlanta, Ga.; Athens, Ga.; Baltimore, Md.; Barnstable-Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass.; Calhoun, Ga.; Carrollton, Ga.; Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, Ill.; Gainesville, Ga.; Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas; Gary, Ind.; Granbury-Hood County, Texas; Houston; Huntsville, Texas; Hutchinson, Kan.; Lawrence, Kan.; Kankakee/Bradley/Bourbonnais, Ill.; Kansas City, Mo.-Kan.; McPherson, Kan.; Manhattan/Junction City, Kan.; New Bedford/Fall River, Mass.; Newnan, Ga.; Rockford, Ill.; Rome, Ga.; San Antonio, Texas; Sedalia, Mo.; St. Joseph, Mo.-Kan.; Topeka, Kan.; Waco, Texas; Waukegan-Lake County, Ill.; Wichita, Kan.; Wichita Falls, Texas.

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