Sunday, October 30, 2005

Sprint Launches EVDO "Power Vision" Network

Sprint announced the official launch of its EV-DO (Evolution Data Optimized) "Power Vision" nationwide network, featuring wireless data speeds averaging 400 to 700 Kbps with peak rates up to 2.0 Mbps. Sprint now offers Mobile Broadband in more than 75 markets nationwide. By year-end Sprint will be in over 100 major markets encompassing more than 200 strategic urban and suburban markets--covering over 150 million customers. The service is also available in major airports across the U.S.

Sprint is offering a free EV-DO capable Sprint PCS Connection Card and unlimited data access for $59.99/month.

In addition, the launch includes:

The new Sprint Music Store -- the first service in the United States that allows wireless customers to purchase and download full-length songs over-the-air for use on their phone or PC. Customers can browse, preview, purchase and listen to hundreds of thousands of full-length songs in stereo sound from virtually every genre from all the major music labels while on the go. Customers receive two copies of the song -- one formatted for their phone and another for their PC -- and can organize their music and create playlists from the phone.

On Demand is a new service that allows customers to set and then receive customized, up-to-date information based on zip code such as news, sports, weather, money and movies, on demand the way they want it. These five info-channels are included at no additional cost for customers with a Sprint Power Vision Pack. Info-channels including the Oxford American dictionary, TV Guide, unlimited directory search, and maps and driving directions are available for an additional monthly charge. The application is pre-loaded on Sprint Power Vision Phones and can be accessed from the On Demand icon on the main menu.

Sprint TV is an Emmy Award-winning service that allows customers to watch live TV on the go with full-motion video and high-quality audio on their Sprint Power Vision Phone. Customers who subscribe to the enhanced service can choose from 30 channels of live and exclusive on demand programming. Customers can choose from news, sports, weather, movie trailers and entertainment channels from major broadcasting brands including NFL Network and Fox News Channel LIVE, CNN To Go, NBC Mobile, ABC News Now, E! and Cartoon Network. The service also includes a streaming radio channel from SIRIUS.

Sprint PCS Picture Mail -- a service that makes it easier and more convenient to take, send and print high-resolution digital pictures using a Sprint Power Vision Phone equipped with a megapixel camera.

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