OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: FON) today
announced the introduction of its first digital quad-band phone, the Sprint
PCS International Phone IP-A790 by Samsung, giving multinational business
customers a wireless connection to the rest of the world at simple, flat-rate
pricing in supported GSM countries abroad.
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When used in conjunction with a subscriber identity module (SIM) card, the
Sprint PCS International Phone IP-A790 by Samsung allows customers to make
voice calls on both CDMA and GSM networks in more than 130 countries where
Sprint has roaming agreements in place. The phone also functions as a
multimedia device on the Sprint Nationwide PCS Network so customers can view
on-demand streaming video and audio and shoot video clips with the embedded
camera and camcorder. The IP-A790 by Samsung will be available beginning in
March in Sprint business sales channels, Sprint Stores and online at
http://www.sprintpcs.com for a suggested retail price of $549.99.
The feature-rich Sprint PCS International Phone IP-A790 by Samsung
supports Sprint PCS Video Mail, Picture Mail(SM), multimedia streaming
services and text messaging and is equipped with a 262K-color TFT main
display, a 65K-color TFT external display; an MPEG4 video screen saver, an
internal phone book that stores up to 500 contacts and advanced voice-
recognition capabilities. The IP-A790 by Samsung also supports "+" key dialing
so the phone will automatically dial the international access code for the
country from which the customer is calling.
Differentiating by flat-rate pricing
To make it easier for customers to predict and manage wireless service
spending, Sprint has established flat-rate pricing for GSM countries where it
has roaming agreements in place. Customers now pay $1.50 per minute for making
or receiving calls in those countries with long-distance included. Rates for
the remaining covered countries where frequencies supported include CDMA and
AMPS are $.50 to $.99 per minute plus varying long-distance rates, depending
on where the call originates.
"The availability of simple pricing and a single device that works on CDMA
and international GSM networks is a significant addition to Sprint's portfolio
of solutions designed to meet the needs of those customers whose work and play
take them around the world," said Harry Campbell, president - Emerging and Mid
Markets, Sprint Business Solutions. "Besides having the convenience of a
single phone number, receiving one invoice and having access to a dedicated
international customer solutions team, our customers can now use a single
device to stay in touch while in many countries of the world."
Sprint has an array of wireless international roaming and long-distance
solutions to give multinational business customers convenient and affordable
access to coworkers or clients around the world, including roaming options on
international PCS and WCDMA networks and special pricing for calls made from
the United States to more than 200 countries. For more information about
Sprint's wireless international portfolio visit
Sprint offers an extensive range of innovative communication products and
solutions, including global IP, wireless, local and multiproduct bundles. A
Fortune 100 company with more than $27 billion in annual revenues in 2004,
Sprint is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state-
of-the-art network technologies, including the United States' first nationwide
all-digital, fiber-optic network; an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone;
and one of the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide wireless networks in
the United States. For more information, visit http://www.sprint.com/mr .
About Samsung Telecommunications America
Samsung Telecommunications America, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung
Electronics Company, Ltd., researches, markets and develops wireless handsets
and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more
information, see STA's website at http://www.samsung.com/wireless .
About Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor,
telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with
2003 parent company sales of $36.4 billion and net income of $5.0 billion.
Employing approximately 88,000 people in 89 offices in 46 countries, the
company consists of six main business units: Corporate Technology Operations,
Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business,
Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as
one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is the world's
largest producer of color monitors, color TVs, memory chips, TFT-LCDs and
VCRs. For more information, visit http://www.samsung.com .