Sprint, Microsoft Deliver Mobile Search Innovations Enhanced Mobile Search for Sprint Features GPS and Open Internet.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., and REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 18

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As part of the strategic alliance between Sprint
 (NYSE:   S) and Microsoft Corp., today the two companies are providing Sprint
 customers with the industry's first fully integrated GPS location-aware
 mobile search service in the U.S. with entire Internet search on Sprint
 phones. Voice search with visual results by Live Search for mobile using
 Tellme technologies will also be available on select Sprint phones as a
 separate download. The new services enable people to find Web, local, and
 phone content easily using traditional input methods or voice.
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     With the enhanced mobile search service launching today, Sprint
 customers can now:
     -- Search the entire Web, local listings and maps, and Sprint's mobile
        content catalog using the same familiar search box powered by Live
        Search, on the Sprint mobile Web home page.
     -- Use Sprint's built-in GPS capabilities to automatically find local
        businesses and listings nearby quickly and easily without needing to
        manually enter location information. The new GPS-enabled search allows
        customers to give permission to let their phone automatically identify
        their location to return nearby business search results, such as the
        closest gas station, pizza place or movie theater -- all by simply
        typing in or, on select phones, speaking the name or category of
        business for which they are searching.
     Additionally, Sprint is the first mobile operator in the U.S. to launch
 GPS-enabled voice search capabilities, which are powered by Live Search for
 mobile. Customers can simply say the business listing and then see the
 search results on the screen. Speaking rather than typing makes it even
 easier for customers to find the results they are looking for. This feature
 uses award-winning voice user interface design from Microsoft's recent
 acquisition, Tellme.
     "With Live Search on Sprint devices, Sprint customers now carry with
 them a GPS-enabled search tool providing open Internet search, local
 listing search and mobile content search, all in one easy service," said
 Kevin Packingham, vice president of product management for Sprint. "We look
 forward to working with Microsoft to continue developing innovative
 mobility solutions that bring together exceptional products and services
 from both companies for business and consumer subscribers."
     "The location-based and voice-and-visual technologies we're delivering
 today with Sprint are a first in the U.S. mobile industry, bringing
 customers a smart and easy search experience on the phone," said Brian
 Arbogast, vice president of the Mobile Services organization at Microsoft.
 "We are focused on working with industry leaders like Sprint to bring new
 and innovative services to market for customers, and creating new business
 and revenue opportunities for our partners."
     Sprint and Microsoft initially announced their strategic alliance in
 November 2006, when the companies launched combined mobile content and
 local listings search capabilities and committed to delivering GPS-enabled
 search. The two companies plan to continue to deliver industry-leading
 wireless data experiences together by combining Sprint's strength in data
 services and Microsoft's award-winning mobile search experiences. On
 average, Sprint customers spent an industry-leading $9.75 per month on
 wireless data at the end of the second quarter of 2007.
     Availability
     The enhanced Sprint mobile search experience powered by Live Search is
 immediately available at no additional cost to Sprint data subscribers on
 most data-enabled Sprint phones. On select Sprint phones, voice search will
 be available to customers as a free download. Standard data charges apply.
     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 is widely recognized for
 developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including
 two robust wireless networks serving 54 million customers at the end of the
 second quarter 2007; industry-leading mobile data services; instant
 national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and a global Tier 1
 Internet backbone. For more information, visit http://www.sprint.com.
     About Windows Live
     Windows Live(TM), a comprehensive set of personal Internet services and
 software, is designed to bring together in one place all the relationships,
 information and interests people care about most, with enhanced safety and
 security features across their PC, devices and the Web. Windows Live is
 available at http://www.live.com.
     About Microsoft
     Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq:   MSFT) is the worldwide leader in
 software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize
 their full potential.
 
 

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