Sprint Continues Network Vision Progress; Selects Vendors to Decommission the iDEN Network

Sprint (NYSE:S) announced today that it has signed agreements with

Goodman Networks, Overland Contracting, Inc., a construction affiliate

of Black & Veatch, Pyramid Network Services LLC and WesTower

Communications Inc. to decommission the company’s iDEN network. Under

the terms of the deals, these suppliers will negotiate lease termination

agreements, restore cell site compounds and remove Sprint network

equipment for re-use or recycling.

Sprint recently announced that it plans to cease service on the iDEN

Nextel National Network as early as June 30, 2013, which marks another

major milestone on the path to completing the Sprint Network Vision

plan. Network Vision is a multiyear initiative to provide an enhanced

network experience by improving voice quality and providing faster data

speeds, while creating network flexibility and reducing operating costs.

Network Vision also improves environmental sustainability by reducing

electricity use and driving down greenhouse gas emissions. Today’s

announcement underscores Sprint’s commitment to decommissioning the iDEN

network swiftly and efficiently. To begin preparing for the more robust

network consolidation, the company expects to shut down a total of 9,600

iDEN sites before the end of the third quarter 2012.

“After a thorough RFP process, Sprint has selected the best suppliers to

cost-effectively hit our milestones for site shutdown, enabling the

company to exit from those locations at a minimum cost,” said John

Harrison, vice president-Network Supplier Performance Management. “In

addition, we have taken extra care in selecting these suppliers to

ensure our industry-leading green standards are maintained.”

Sprint released an Electronic

Stewardship Policy in May 2011, outlining its goal to eliminate all

internal e-waste from its own operations and establishing social and

environmental criteria that its e-waste suppliers must meet.

Sprint continues to facilitate migration of iDEN customers to Sprint

Direct Connect service. Sprint Direct Connect, the industry’s newest

push-to-talk (PTT) gold standard, was announced in October 2011. The

service provides broadband data capabilities, familiar push-to-talk

features, and rugged and reliable handset options. Sprint Direct Connect

coverage is expected to broaden throughout 2012.

During the past eight months, Sprint has announced four rugged Sprint

Direct Connect handsets: Kyocera DuraMax, Kyocera DuraCore, Kyocera

DuraPlus and Motorola ADMIRAL™, which cater to push-to-talk users. Last

month, Sprint made International Direct Connect available on its Sprint

Direct Connect devices, expanding the reach of push-to-talk capabilities

to and from Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile.

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 served more than 56

million customers at the end of the first quarter of 2012 and is widely

recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative

technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national

carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data

services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost

Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international

push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American

Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national

carriers and most improved in customer satisfaction across all

industries during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No.

3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest

companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn

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* This news release includes “forward-looking statements” within the

meaning of the securities laws. The statements in this news release

regarding number of cell sites, network performance, coverage and

capabilities, business and network efficiencies, migration of services

new technologies, timing of deployment, and products and services, as

well as other statements that are not historical facts, are

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statements. With respect to these forward-looking statements, management

has made assumptions regarding, among other things, timing of

decommissioned towers; development and deployment of new technologies;

efficiencies and cost savings of multimode technologies; customer and

network usage; customer growth and retention; service, coverage and

quality; availability of devices; the timing of various events and the

economic environment. Sprint Nextel believes these forward-looking

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filings, including in its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended

Dec. 31, 2011.