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These are the main “enhancements” to be enjoyed by customers using the next generation of CDMA Direct Connect coming the second half of 2011…..

In addition to core one-to-one and group push-to-talk calling, here are a few other features we expect to deliver with the new devices:

o Guaranteed talk permit – the immediate assurance that when you hear the “chirp” your call connected successfully

o Single number option – the option of having one single number for both voice and push-to-talk calls

o Availability notification – the ability of a push- to-talk user to be notified when a subscriber is “available” for a push-to-talk call

o Simultaneous data + push-to-talk – ability to use data (i.e. check email, web surfing) at the same time as a push-to-talk call

o NextMail® – the ability to send a recorded message via email or text message to up to 50 recipients via the push to talk button

o LMR interoperability – ability to bridge audio between Sprint devices and radios via integration with dispatch consoles

Sprint unveiled in Dec. 2010 its long‐term network blueprint ‐‐ Network Vision ‐‐ to completely overhaul Sprint’s network(s) to take full advantage of cutting‐edge technologies and our spectrum assets. This monumental project will support the demands of Sprint customers and the future of wireless.
With these network upgrades, Sprint’s push to talk product will also evolve and expand. Therefore, in Q4 2011 we plan to launch Sprint Direct Connect® to deliver on the promises of this new technology with dramatically better coverage.

We want to continue to reassure our customers, that regardless of network, Sprint has the gold standard push to talk product and no one can match our portfolio of features, functionality, devices, and commitment.

As we transition our network over the next few years and launch more Sprint Direct Connect push to talk devices and features, we will work closely with our iDEN base of customers to help them make a smooth transition when the time is right.



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Wish the battery on your Android lasted longer? Are you using a power management app but not getting the results you’d hoped for?…..GOOD NEWS!!!

We just learned of a new, FREE app in Android Marketplace called JuiceDefender. It provides three different general settings (Balanced / Aggressive / Extreme) to significantly extend the life of your battery. Many users opt to use “Aggressive” that automatically shuts off connectivity when the battery reaches a predetermined level but will offer reconnection in a drop down if you use a function requiring an internet connection.

A software update to 2.201SP will be available for the Sanyo Zio starting on 5/9/11. The software update will be pushed to existing Sprint Sanyo Zio customers over a four day period.
This is a three part Software Update.
Customers will be required to download all three portions of the update to get their Sanyo Zio device to Android 2.2 (FroYo).
Customers should use WiFi if possible to complete the update.
The Updates Provide the Following To You:
1. 2.2 Android (Froyo, The latest Android Software)

2. Swype – The Swype function will be added allowing customers to use the keyboard functionality as an option when entering text. The customer can then simply tap and hold on any Text Input field then select Input Method > Choose Swype.

3. Sprint Zone 2.5.5

4. Sprint ID – Including improvements to the activation process of Sprint ID devices.

5. Improved Battery Life

What do these changes mean to our Business Customers?

While the Zio is primarily positioned as a consumer device, the upgrade to FroYo gives this Sprint ID device some business street cred. The ability to manage work and personal emails, and calendar while having Flash 10 experience for data usage adds value to this phone. The addition of Swype allows users to enter text swiftly, allowing emails to not only be read, but answered. That’s business mobility! Plus, the Zio came with Touchdown out of the box for greater EAS integration. The addition of FroYo merely makes this device worker better and faster.


Sprint’s multi-year Network Vision project is designed to enhance network performance, improve voice quality and coverage, provide faster data speeds, reduce network maintenance and costs, and maximize technology is under way.
Network Vision will create a single, multi-modal platform allowing us to leverage our various spectrum assets, Sprint, Nextel and WiMax. We will also gain network flexibility by moving to a software-based network vs. all hardware which will make future growth and updates easier.

1. Landline quality voice calls and faster data speeds are made possible by the new next-generation CDMA 1X Advanced technology

2. Increased coverage area due to stronger signals as our new base stations radios will have high power amplifiers located higher on the towers and closer to the antennas

3. 20-30% fewer dropped calls as a result of increased signal strength and coverage improvements

4. Improved in-building coverage when using 800 MHZ as those signals travel farther and penetrate buildings better.


Sprint released a new PRL on Friday September 4, 2009.

Changes were made to the PRL to prevent and control subscriber (Tri Mode and Dual Mode) device cloning on roaming partner Analog network and to generate additional cost savings for Sprint and Affiliates.

Customers should update their PRL if:

Have a Tri-mode (1900 Mhz & 800 Mhz CDMA and 800MHz Analog) and Dual mode (1900 Mhz CDMA & 800 Mhz Analog) device, and

Live in or travel to US Virgin Islands

Customers who live or travel to the coverage areas below should update their PRL to generate additional cost savings for Sprint and its Affiliates:

Aberdeen, SD

Boone, NC

This PRL update does not resolve previously communicated roaming network outages in MS, GA & FL Markets, on 8/7/09.

See the latest PRL by dialing #4357* on your handset.


Get Ready for Any Mobile, AnytimeSM

The Sprint Now Network is getting even better. Effective today, 9/10/09, domestic wireless to wireless calls will be unlimited for customers on Sprint’s Everything Data, Everything Data Family/Share or Business Advantage Messaging and Data Plans with Any Mobile, Anytime. Calls to and from any one of the 250 million wireless customers, regardless of carrier, are included while on the domestic Sprint network. Say goodbye to restrictive calling circles.

Expect a huge media blitz kicked off with the Any Mobile, AnytimeSM news release, followed by news program appearances and national advertising.

Sprint offers the most dependable network coverage including the first and only wireless 4G network, saves you money with best value in wireless, and our Ready Now experience will make you an expert on any of our great products.

Most Dependable Network + Exceptional Value + Unlimited Wireless Experience on Sprint Network = Any Mobile, Anytime



Boost Mobile, a division of Sprint that offers wireless phones and services with no contracts, credit checks or activation fees, and Motorola announced the launch of its first push-to-talk slider phone.

The Motorola Debut i856 gives Boost Mobile customers full advantage of a handset that glides open and closed with ease for instant communication, the company noted. Motorola Debut will be available to consumers now.

“Motorola Debut enhances the walkie-talkie experience further by incorporating the favorite traits among feature phones,” said Richard Gadd, vice president, Motorola Mobile Devices. “Now Boost Mobile customers can continue to stay in constant contact with the added control of a slider and the fun of camera and music features.”

“Our wildly popular Monthly Unlimited service is attracting customers who are more likely to purchase higher-end phones,” said Matt Carter, Boost Mobile President. “The Motorola Debut i856 phone meets the need for this demand with compelling multimedia features, including a 1.3MP camera with video capture, instant music access and Stereo Bluetooth capabilities into a sleek but durable design that fits comfortably in a pocket or purse.”

As described by the companies:

– When you need a fast response, Motorola Debut manages the conversation with favorite push-to-talk features. The compact slider design gives easier access to the keypad along with the security of keeping keys protected when not in use. Control your music, take calls, view messages and access the Web, all with the slider closed. Threaded texting allows you to view entire conversations all on one screen.

The companies said that the Motorola Debut i856 features include:

– Nationwide Walkie Talkie capability

– Slider Design

– Music Player with Standard Audio Jack

– 1.3MP Camera with Video

– Stereo Bluetooth capabilities

– GPS & Wireless Web Enabled

– Multi Media & Text Messaging

– Optional Removable Memory (microSD Support up to 8GB)

– Color Display

– Speakerphone with Voice-Activated Dialing


Sprint and HTC announced the upcoming arrival of the HTC Hero from Sprint

The first wireless device offering the combination of the open Android platform with the high-speed connectivity of Sprint’s 3G network.

Offering a rich mobile Internet experience, the HTC Hero offers synchronization for built-in Google mobile services, including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, and YouTube as well as access to thousands of applications built on the Android platform.

Beginning on Oct. 11, customers will be able to purchase HTC Hero through all Sprint retail channels including Web, Telesales, and its national retail partner Best Buy. Pre-registration is available at

“The arrival of HTC Hero and the Android platform to Sprint’s network is an important milestone for our customers and the U.S. wireless industry,” said Kevin Packingham, senior vice president of product development for Sprint. “With the dependability and coverage of Sprint’s 3G network, HTC Hero users will appreciate a much better experience than is possible now with any other Android phone operating in the United States. They will enjoy the robust potential to personalize their wireless experience as well as the best value in wireless with a Simply Everything plan from Sprint.”

“Sprint and HTC are helping to drive openness and innovation in the mobile industry with the introduction of the Android-powered HTC Hero,” said Andy Rubin, vice president, mobile platforms at Google. “As the world’s first truly open mobile platform built with the Internet in mind, Android provides to consumers the same Internet services they have become accustomed to on their desktop PC. Offering access to thousands of applications, a suite of Google services, and unique personalization features, the HTC Hero offers a compelling mobile experience.”

“HTC Sense on HTC Hero revolves around three basic principles: Make it Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected. These principles are based on the recognition that people want their mobile device to conform to their needs and wants, easily keep them in touch with the most important people in their lives, and surprise them with small moments of joy and delight,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America. “Working with Sprint to introduce HTC Hero to the US was a natural fit, as both HTC Hero and Sprint’s Simply Everything plan are designed to give customers everything they need in a simple package.”


Thin Palm Pixi Phone Puts Fast, Intuitive Communication at Fingertips

Palm’s Thinnest Phone Yet Expands Palm webOS Line with Customizable Style

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sep 09, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Palm, Inc. (NASDAQ:PALM) today introduced the Palm(R) Pixi(TM) phone for faster, more intuitive and personal communication in a compact and customizable design.(1) With the instinctively useable Palm webOS(TM) platform, strikingly thin design, a visible full keyboard and fashionable personalization options, Palm Pixi lets you express yourself in amazingly useful ways. It’s scheduled to be available exclusively from Sprint in time for the holidays.

“With Palm webOS, we’re creating a new, more intuitive smartphone experience defined by unmatched simplicity and usefulness,” said Jon Rubinstein, Palm chairman and chief executive officer. “Palm Pixi brings this unique experience to a broader range of people who want enhanced messaging and social networking in a design that lets them express their personal style.”

In addition to linking your information from Google(TM), Facebook and Exchange ActiveSync, Palm Pixi adds Yahoo! and LinkedIn integration to Palm Synergy(TM) and assembles it all in a single view.(2) You can get your Yahoo! contacts, calendar and IM, and access to your LinkedIn contacts, including job titles. Synergy on Palm Pixi makes messaging easier by showing you all your conversations with the same person in one chat-style thread, so you can start a conversation on AIM Instant Messenger, Google Talk(TM) or Yahoo! Messenger and continue it by text message later.(3)

Complementing the phone’s already rich Facebook integration with the contacts, phone, calendar and photo applications, a new Facebook application will be available with Palm Pixi so you can see and comment on all the latest news from your friends, as well as easily update your status. The phone’s full QWERTY keyboard puts it all at your fingertips, and the multi-touch screen lets you move back and forth between open applications using natural gestures.(4) The unique removable back cover is rubberized, making it scratch-resistant, slip-resistant and durable.

Personalization with Style

For those who want to express themselves with some extra style, Palm is introducing the Palm Pixi Artist Series. Designed by some of today’s most unique and compelling artists, these numbered, limited-edition back covers let you change designs to suit your mood. You can see the first collection in the series, as well as information about the artists, at Palm will be showcasing the fashionable new Palm Pixi with the Artist Series covers this week at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York (Sept. 10-17).

You can also tailor Palm Pixi to your interests with downloadable applications from the Palm Beta App Catalog, including the latest entertainment and social networking applications such as Local Concerts by iLike, and Yelp(TM).(5) You can use Palm media sync to customize your phone with music, photos and videos from iTunes (Versions 8.1.1-8.2.1)(6), or use the on-device Amazon MP3 store to purchase individual songs or full albums over-the-air.(3)

“Palm Pixi continues Sprint’s leadership in providing useful and innovative devices on America’s most dependable 3G network,”(7) said Dan Hesse, chief executive officer at Sprint. “We are pleased to be the first carrier to bring this device to market and offer both devices in the growing Palm webOS family. Sprint’s Everything Data plans, which provide unrestricted access to the Internet, mobile content and applications, and our Ready Now retail experience make for a perfect combination with these new Palm products.”

The Sprint Mobile Broadband Network reaches more than 271 million people, 18,652 cities and 1,838 airports, and Sprint’s networks are now performing at best-ever levels.

Customers who purchase Palm Pixi will benefit from Sprint’s Ready Now, which the company pioneered to help customers leave the store educated, comfortable and confident about the phones they’re taking home. It is like having a free personal trainer that educates you on all your phone can do by setting up all the applications you want to use on the device.

Palm Pixi is also the perfect complement to Sprint’s Simply EverythingSM plan, which provides unlimited nationwide calling, texting, email, social networking, web browsing, GPS navigation, Sprint TV, streaming music, NFL Mobile Live, NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile and much more for only $99.99 per month. It’s a savings of $1,200 over two years versus some comparable competitor plans.

Palm Pixi Features

High-speed connectivity (EVDO Rev. A)

2.63-inch multi-touch screen with a vibrant 18-bit color 320×400 resolution TFT display

Gesture area, which enables simple, intuitive gestures for navigation

Exposed QWERTY keyboard for fast messaging

Robust messaging support (IM, SMS and MMS capabilities), including Google Talk, AIM and Yahoo! IM

High-performance, desktop-class web browser

Integrated GPS(8)

Multimedia options, including pictures, video playback and music, and featuring a 2-megapixel fixed-focus camera with LED flash, and a standard 3.5mm headset jack

Email, including Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) (for access to corporate Microsoft Exchange servers), as well as personal email support (Google push, Yahoo! push, POP3, IMAP)(9)

Bluetooth(R) 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support

8GB of internal user storage (~7GB user available)(10)

USB mass storage mode

MicroUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
The first handset to launch with Qualcomm’s high-performance MSM7627(TM) chipset

Proximity sensor, which automatically disables the touch screen and turns off the display whenever you put the phone up to your ear

Light sensor, which dims the display if the ambient light is dark, such as at night or in a movie theater, to reduce power usage

Accelerometer, which automatically orients web pages and photos to your perspective

Ringer switch, which easily silences the device with one touch

Removable, rechargeable 1150 mAh battery

Dimensions: 55mm (W) x 111mm (L) x 10.85mm (D) [2.17 in. (W) x 4.37 in. (L) x 0.43 in. (D)]

Weight: 99.5 grams (3.51 ounces)

Sprint services, including Sprint TV(R) and Sprint Radio, Sprint Navigation, Sprint’s exclusive NFL Mobile Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile Live