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
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
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.