Sprint Delivers the Benefits of Broadband to Small Businesses in Seattle Through Enhanced Sprint ION and Sprint Business DSL

Sprint Makes Advanced Communications Technology a Reality for Local

Small Businesses



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sprint

    SEATTLE, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE:   FON) announced today its
 aggressive plans to roll out enhanced Sprint ION(R) (Integrated On-Demand
 Network) and Sprint Business DSL(SM) (Digital Subscriber Line) service to
 small businesses in Seattle as part of Sprint's continued strategy to help
 small businesses leverage technology as a competitive advantage.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001013/SPRINTLOGO )
     Enhanced Sprint ION and Sprint Business DSL expand Sprint's current small
 business product portfolio and allow local small businesses to choose from an
 even more diverse range of affordable, easy-to-use communication solutions all
 from a single provider.  Both products support Sprint's commitment to making
 advanced communication technologies, typically leveraged by large businesses,
 available to small businesses.  Sprint currently offers small businesses a
 broad portfolio of services, which include Sprint ION, Sprint Business DSL,
 Sprint PCS(R), Internet and professional services, local and long distance
 voice bundled services with advanced calling features, Dedicated IP (Internet
 Protocol), Frame Relay, and Sprint Broadband Direct(SM) --?a fixed wireless
 technology.  Sprint ION, Sprint's premier converged network service,
 simplifies communication by fully integrating local and long distance voice
 and high-speed Internet access all over a single connection, on a single bill,
 from a single provider.
     Initially, enhanced Sprint ION and Sprint Business DSL are being offered
 in nine additional markets, including Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio,
 Texas; Denver; Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles and San Diego; and Phoenix.
 Services will be expanded to a total of 86 markets by early 2002.
     "Unlike large businesses that frequently integrate and use advanced
 technologies, for small businesses, integrating advanced communication
 technology into their every day business activity can be complex and time
 consuming," said Todd Townsend, assistant vice president of small business
 marketing for Sprint.  "At Sprint, we have a dedicated sales force that is
 trained to help small business customers identify and select the business
 tools they need to simplify their communication and gain a competitive
 advantage."
     Sprint's enhanced Sprint ION service for small business shifts customers
 from a pre-packaged pricing structure to a flexible structure that can be
 tailored to meet the specific needs of a small business.  Customers can now
 select two, three or four voice lines, one of 13 different minute bundles
 (which include inbound toll-free calls and range up to 5,000 minutes), a
 one- or two-year flexible term plan and an international calling plan that is
 right for their business needs.  Customers also benefit from unlimited local
 calling.  Additionally, this new structure will enable greater functionality
 in terms of additional voice lines and data access methods.
     Sprint Business DSL is part of Sprint's strategy for meeting the current
 and projected small business demand for high-speed connectivity.  According to
 Cahners In-Stat, a leading industry analyst, small- to mid-sized companies are
 expected to continue their migration away from dial-up to affordable DSL
 services across locations.  Sprint Business DSL provides customers with a
 high-speed, always on, business-quality Internet connection using Sprint's
 nationwide, all-digital, fiber-optic network.
     Powered by the Sprint ION infrastructure, Sprint Business DSL will
 initially offer customers ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) service
 with speeds up to 1.5 Mbps downstream and 384 kbps upstream.  Additionally,
 customers receive free customer premises equipment (CPE), five e-mail
 addresses (with the option to add up to 25 more), one static IP address,
 five-6MB Web-pages (with the option to add more), one personal start page per
 email account and a 90-day satisfaction guarantee.  Under this guarantee,
 Sprint will release a customer from their term agreement and refund any
 installation and equipment charges they have paid, if they are not fully
 satisfied with the service within 90-days after installation.  In addition, as
 part of its introductory offer, Sprint is waiving installation fees.
 Additional packages and service features will be introduced throughout 2001.
     As small businesses' communication needs evolve and become more complex,
 Sprint Business DSL customers can easily transition to Sprint's fully
 converged Sprint ION service.  Sprint ION customers benefit from a truly
 converged product, which provides voice and Internet capabilities all over a
 single connection.
     "Small businesses want to maximize the value of their communication
 dollars.  Enhanced Sprint ION creates a flexible pricing structure that makes
 it easier for our small business customers to custom design a package based on
 their business needs," said Townsend.
     For additional information on Sprint ION, please visit
 www.sprintbiz.com/ion or call 877-746-8466.  For additional information on
 Sprint Business DSL, please visit www.sprintbiz.com/dsl or call 800-889-9982.
 
     About Sprint
     Sprint is a world-class global communications company -- at the forefront
 of integrating wireline and wireless communications services.  Sprint is a
 large carrier of Internet traffic and a leader in broadband communications.
 The company built and operates the United States' first nationwide
 all-digital, fiber-optic network and provides a portfolio of advanced data
 communications services.  It operates the largest 100-percent digital,
 100-percent nationwide PCS wireless network in the United States, already
 serving the majority of the nation's metropolitan areas including more than
 4,000 cities and communities across the country. Sprint has $23 billion in
 annual revenues and serves more than 23 million business and residential
 customers.
 
 

SOURCE Sprint
    SEATTLE, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE:   FON) announced today its
 aggressive plans to roll out enhanced Sprint ION(R) (Integrated On-Demand
 Network) and Sprint Business DSL(SM) (Digital Subscriber Line) service to
 small businesses in Seattle as part of Sprint's continued strategy to help
 small businesses leverage technology as a competitive advantage.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001013/SPRINTLOGO )
     Enhanced Sprint ION and Sprint Business DSL expand Sprint's current small
 business product portfolio and allow local small businesses to choose from an
 even more diverse range of affordable, easy-to-use communication solutions all
 from a single provider.  Both products support Sprint's commitment to making
 advanced communication technologies, typically leveraged by large businesses,
 available to small businesses.  Sprint currently offers small businesses a
 broad portfolio of services, which include Sprint ION, Sprint Business DSL,
 Sprint PCS(R), Internet and professional services, local and long distance
 voice bundled services with advanced calling features, Dedicated IP (Internet
 Protocol), Frame Relay, and Sprint Broadband Direct(SM) --?a fixed wireless
 technology.  Sprint ION, Sprint's premier converged network service,
 simplifies communication by fully integrating local and long distance voice
 and high-speed Internet access all over a single connection, on a single bill,
 from a single provider.
     Initially, enhanced Sprint ION and Sprint Business DSL are being offered
 in nine additional markets, including Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio,
 Texas; Denver; Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles and San Diego; and Phoenix.
 Services will be expanded to a total of 86 markets by early 2002.
     "Unlike large businesses that frequently integrate and use advanced
 technologies, for small businesses, integrating advanced communication
 technology into their every day business activity can be complex and time
 consuming," said Todd Townsend, assistant vice president of small business
 marketing for Sprint.  "At Sprint, we have a dedicated sales force that is
 trained to help small business customers identify and select the business
 tools they need to simplify their communication and gain a competitive
 advantage."
     Sprint's enhanced Sprint ION service for small business shifts customers
 from a pre-packaged pricing structure to a flexible structure that can be
 tailored to meet the specific needs of a small business.  Customers can now
 select two, three or four voice lines, one of 13 different minute bundles
 (which include inbound toll-free calls and range up to 5,000 minutes), a
 one- or two-year flexible term plan and an international calling plan that is
 right for their business needs.  Customers also benefit from unlimited local
 calling.  Additionally, this new structure will enable greater functionality
 in terms of additional voice lines and data access methods.
     Sprint Business DSL is part of Sprint's strategy for meeting the current
 and projected small business demand for high-speed connectivity.  According to
 Cahners In-Stat, a leading industry analyst, small- to mid-sized companies are
 expected to continue their migration away from dial-up to affordable DSL
 services across locations.  Sprint Business DSL provides customers with a
 high-speed, always on, business-quality Internet connection using Sprint's
 nationwide, all-digital, fiber-optic network.
     Powered by the Sprint ION infrastructure, Sprint Business DSL will
 initially offer customers ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) service
 with speeds up to 1.5 Mbps downstream and 384 kbps upstream.  Additionally,
 customers receive free customer premises equipment (CPE), five e-mail
 addresses (with the option to add up to 25 more), one static IP address,
 five-6MB Web-pages (with the option to add more), one personal start page per
 email account and a 90-day satisfaction guarantee.  Under this guarantee,
 Sprint will release a customer from their term agreement and refund any
 installation and equipment charges they have paid, if they are not fully
 satisfied with the service within 90-days after installation.  In addition, as
 part of its introductory offer, Sprint is waiving installation fees.
 Additional packages and service features will be introduced throughout 2001.
     As small businesses' communication needs evolve and become more complex,
 Sprint Business DSL customers can easily transition to Sprint's fully
 converged Sprint ION service.  Sprint ION customers benefit from a truly
 converged product, which provides voice and Internet capabilities all over a
 single connection.
     "Small businesses want to maximize the value of their communication
 dollars.  Enhanced Sprint ION creates a flexible pricing structure that makes
 it easier for our small business customers to custom design a package based on
 their business needs," said Townsend.
     For additional information on Sprint ION, please visit
 www.sprintbiz.com/ion or call 877-746-8466.  For additional information on
 Sprint Business DSL, please visit www.sprintbiz.com/dsl or call 800-889-9982.
 
     About Sprint
     Sprint is a world-class global communications company -- at the forefront
 of integrating wireline and wireless communications services.  Sprint is a
 large carrier of Internet traffic and a leader in broadband communications.
 The company built and operates the United States' first nationwide
 all-digital, fiber-optic network and provides a portfolio of advanced data
 communications services.  It operates the largest 100-percent digital,
 100-percent nationwide PCS wireless network in the United States, already
 serving the majority of the nation's metropolitan areas including more than
 4,000 cities and communities across the country. Sprint has $23 billion in
 annual revenues and serves more than 23 million business and residential
 customers.
 
 SOURCE  Sprint