The Secret’s Out! Sprint to Illuminate Chicago with Thousands of Network Enhancements and 100+ New Stores

Expectation of more than 500 jobs to support new retail stores

CHICAGO--()--Sprint (NYSE:S) today unveiled one of its secret plans of densifying the network by adding thousands of network enhancements using some of the most advanced technologies in wireless. Sprint’s toolbox of solutions include Sprint Magic Box, outdoor small cells, High Performance User Equipment (HPUE) and three-channel carrier aggregation in Chicagoland. Along with the network enhancements, Sprint will be adding more than 100 Sprint and Boost Mobile stores in Chicagoland and adding more than 500 new jobs.

Bigger, Better Signal and Capacity in Chicagoland than before

What do Sprint Magic Box, small cells, three-channel carrier aggregation and HPUE mean for Sprint customers? Just like Sprint’s demonstration last year of the power of three-channel carrier aggregation where Sprint hit peak speeds of 230 Mbps at Soldier Field, customers in Chicagoland may now able to experience those peak speeds themselves with the hottest new devices capable of utilizing these new technologies on capable devices. As for HPUE, this new technology can extend Sprint’s 2.5 GHz coverage by up to 30% to provide faster data speeds in more locations, including indoors where the majority of wireless traffic is generated.

For example, Lombard customers will have noticed the significant increase in speeds over the past month, thanks to a combination of these new technologies including Sprint Magic Box. Sprint Magic Box, the world’s first all – wireless small cell, is a revolutionary new plug–and–play LTE small cell for businesses and consumers that dramatically improves data coverage and increases download and upload speeds on average by 200 percent.1 In fact, Sprint is 3x faster than T-Mobile and AT&T and almost double the speed of Verizon in Lombard, according to Sprint’s analysis of Ookla Speedtest Intelligence data from 3/10 – 4/10/2017.2

Data usage of Sprint customers has increased more than 1,254% in the last five years in Chicagoland.

“The combination of all of these new technologies will help Sprint densify quicker and it will provide customers an improved experience inside their business and homes while on the Sprint network,” said Scott Santi, Sprint Vice President of Network for Central Area. “We’re extremely excited about the results we’ve already seen in Lombard and nationally, and can’t wait for all customers to experience the new and improved Sprint.”

Retail Expansion

Sprint is continuously increasing its footprint to meet customer demands! Sprint is adding 105 new Sprint and Boost Mobile stores in the city and surrounding suburbs like Schaumburg, Rosemont and Skokie throughout 2017 and 2018.

“Every month, we’re gaining on the competition and growing our base of customers, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Jim Mills, Sprint President of Illinois and Wisconsin. “With this significant growth, we knew we had to add more Sprint and Boost Mobile stores for both our postpaid and prepaid customers. Chicagoans are seeing our network and customer care improvements, as well as seeing how Sprint positively impacts the community by giving back and partnering up with nonprofits and Chicago Public Schools.”

Chicagoans interested in applying for open positions should visit www.sprint.com/jobs.

Unlimited Value

Sprint, the first wireless carrier to offer unlimited data, talk and text, recently updated the value of its Unlimited Freedom plan offering the best price for unlimited among all national carriers. Unlimited plans from Verizon and AT&T are 50 percent more!3 New Sprint customers will get 4:

  • Unlimited Data, Talk and Text for $50/month for the first line.
  • Two lines for $40 month/line.
  • Four lines for $30 month/line.
  • Fifth line is FREE.
  • A fully featured unlimited plan that includes HD streaming for video, music and gaming, and 10GB/month per line of mobile hotspot data.

About Sprint:

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 59.7 million connections as of March 31, 2017 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; leading no-contract 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. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

1 Signal and speeds based on optimal conditions for most Sprint devices.

2 Based on Sprint’s analysis of Ookla Speedtest Intelligence data from 3/10/17 to 4/10/17.

3 Savings compared to advertised unlimited rates for 4 lines as of 4/24/17. Carrier features and international options differ. See carrier sites for details.

4 Savings until 6/30/18; then $60/mo. for line 1, $40/mo. for line 2 and $30/mo. lines 3-5. Includes unlimited talk, text and data. Streams video at up to HD 1080p, music at up to 1.5Mbps, gaming at up to 8Mbps. Data deprioritization during congestion. Pricing shown with $5/month AutoPay discount applied within two invoices. Taxes, surcharges and restrictions apply.

Contacts

Sprint
Yui Namiki, 312-523-1532
Yui.Namiki@sprint.com

Release Summary

The Secret’s Out! Sprint to Illuminate Chicago with Thousands of Network Enhancements and 100+ New Stores

Contacts

Sprint
Yui Namiki, 312-523-1532
Yui.Namiki@sprint.com