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December 28,  2001

Sprint Launches E911 Phase II Services Across State of Rhode Island

Launch Makes Sprint PCS the First Wireless Carrier to Operate a Handset-Based Location Technology

 (SafetyAlerts) - Sprint (NYSE: FON) (NYSE: PCS) , which operates the largest all-digital, all-PCS nationwide network, today announced the launch of E911 Phase II services on its network in Rhode Island. These services allow Sprint PCS customers in Rhode Island to automatically send their location information to emergency dispatchers when using a Global Positioning System (GPS) phone. The launch marks the first availability of E911 Phase II services on the Sprint PCS network and makes Sprint PCS the first wireless carrier in the country to offer this service with handset-based location technology.

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"More than 139,000 calls to E911 are made each year from wireless phones," said Charles E. Levine, Sprint PCS president. "This solution offers Sprint PCS customers in Rhode Island tremendous benefit in times of their greatest need -- when calling 911 on their Sprint PCS phone."

Sprint PCS was the first and only wireless carrier to meet the Federal Communication Commission's deadline of selling a GPS-enabled handset when it introduced the Sprint PCS SPH-N300 by Samsung on October 1, 2001. The SPH-N300 works today nationwide as a Sprint PCS Phone and supports E911 emergency services available in Rhode Island. The handset is designed to support E911 emergency services as they are rolled out with local public safety agencies on a market-by-market basis, and future location-based services as they become available on the Sprint PCS nationwide network. E911 services cannot be deployed until both the public safety agency requesting the service and the local telephone company operating the 911 system have installed the upgrades necessary to support this service.

Sprint PCS is using a handset-based GPS solution to fulfill the requirements of the Federal Communication Commission's E911 Phase II mandate. Under the mandate all wireless carriers were required, within six months of a request from a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), to be able to locate 67 percent of 911 callers within 50 meters using a handset-based solution or 100 meters using a network-based solution beginning on October 1, 2001. Because of technology and administrative hurdles, Sprint PCS, along with the other major U.S. wireless carriers, was granted a conditional waiver to this mandate on October 5, 2001 extending the deadlines for compliance.

About Sprint

Sprint is a global communications company serving 23 million business and residential customers in more than 70 countries. With more than 80,000 employees worldwide and $23 billion in annual revenues, 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. Sprint's award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone is being extended to key global markets to provide customers with a broad portfolio of scalable IP products. Sprint's high-capacity, high-speed network gives customers fast, dependable, non-stop access to the vast majority of the world's Internet content. Sprint also operates the largest 100-percent digital, 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.

Source: PRNewswire.

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