KANSAS CITY, Mo., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- In an agreement that pairs guaranteed Internet access with a complete Internet online service for the first time, Sprint Internet Passport (SM) and CNET (Nasdaq: CNWK) today announced that Sprint has designated a jointly developed version of CNET's Snap! Online as the default home page for Sprint Internet passport customers. Beginning in early January, Sprint Internet Passport customers will have easy, fast access to the vast Internet resources available from the new Snap! Online service, including powerful Web searching, customizable information and pointers to top Web content along a wide variety of interests. The agreement expands the companies' distribution relationship first announced in June 1997. "Sprint Internet Passport today reaches another milestone in our commitment to enabling communications on the Internet and making the overall Web experience fast, reliable and as productive as possible," said Jim Dodd, vice president, Sprint Internet Services. "Sprint can focus on providing fast, guaranteed access and CNET Snap! can concentrate on delivering the best content. That means we operate more efficiently and can continue to deliver the best total Internet experience to our customers." Said Halsey Minor, chairman and CEO of CNET, "Snap! Online was expressly developed for innovative services like Sprint Internet Passport, which are seeking to compete aggressively in the Internet access space. Snap! Online enables Sprint to deliver a highly compelling, competitive and co-branded Internet offering to their customers while focusing on their core business." Sprint customers will access a customized version of Snap! Online, featuring Snap!'s extensive Web directory, powerful search tools and complete content aggregation service, in conjunction with Sprint's unique navigation features and "Get Connected" guarantee. Snap! combines advanced Web searching with topical information from around the Web and dozens of customizable features from stock quotes to sports scores. Snap! points subscribers to top content on the Internet organized by channel and is updated throughout the day. In addition, Snap! offers chat rooms and extensive resources for software downloading, Internet events, yellow and white pages listings and more. This announcement is the latest in a series of enhancements to Sprint Internet Passport. In October, Sprint Internet passport announced the "Get Connected" guarantee to provide users a service that connects to the Net every time or they get a credit for one week of access. If, after contacting customer service, Sprint Internet Passport is unable to provide an Internet connection when the customer wants it, Sprint will provide a credit for one week of access time. Individual credits are for $5.00 and may be applied up to $19.95 per month. Sprint Internet Passport also announced in October that it will introduce by the end of 1997 Sprint Internet Personal Trainers(SM), a brand new concept for providing advanced technical consulting on everything from setting up the desktop to finding the best content on the Net. Sprint provides 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week customer service and technical support and local dial-up access in more than 200 local Internet access points as well as via a national access number. Sprint Internet Passport focuses on delivering responsive, reliable, fast Internet access using the latest technology, like Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0. Sprint Internet Passport is also participating in a market trial of Intel Quick Web Technology to speed up Web page downloads and increase Internet productivity. Software is available for both Windows (95 and 3.1) and Macintosh users. After the first month free, customers elect either a flat rate of $19.95 per month for guaranteed, unlimited access, or $1.50 per hour with no minimum usage requirement. Anyone interested can call 1-800-359-3900 to receive a free Sprint Internet Passport software package. New customers can also register online at www.sprint.com/sip/registration. Sprint (NYSE: FON) is a global communications company -- at the forefront in integrating long distance, local and wireless communications services and one of the world's largest carriers of Internet traffic. Sprint built and operates the United States' only nationwide all-digital, fiber optic network and is the leader in advanced data communications services. Sprint has $14 billion in annual revenues and serves more than 16 million business and residential customers. NOTE: Sprint Internet Passport is a service mark of Sprint Communications Company. All other brand and product names are trademarks and/or service marks of their respective companies.