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. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001013/SPRINTLOGO ) 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 http://www.sprint.com/pcsinternationalldrates and http://www.sprintpcs.com/internationalroaming . About Sprint 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 .