Friday, April 20, 2007
Forever Stamp: An Investment Strategy?
Forever Stamp on Sale Today to Ready Customers for May 14 Price Change
PHILADELPHIA, April 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If it could ring, it would resonate freedom and independence from using one or two-cent stamps to mail letters when stamp prices change in the future. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) today introduced its latest consumer innovation by dedicating the Forever Stamp next to the patriotic icon it depicts. Featuring the Liberty Bell image and the word "forever," the Forever Stamp -- available nationwide today -- is good for mailing one-ounce First-Class Mail letters anytime in the future -- regardless of price changes.
"We are making history this morning," said USPS Board of Governors Vice Chairman Alan C. Kessler. "And what better place to make history than right here in Philadelphia -- the 'Cradle of Liberty,' -- alongside the Liberty Bell."
The Forever Stamp will always be available at the price of a First-Class Mail stamp in effect at the time of purchase. To introduce the stamp to the public, the Postal Service is offering the stamp today at 41 cents. Customers may use the stamp as soon as they wish, but stamp prices will not change until May 14. When prices change in the future, the Forever Stamp will sell at the new one-ounce, single-piece First-Class Mail price.
"The first U.S. postage stamps appeared in 1847," Kessler added, referring to the five-cent Benjamin Franklin stamp that was good for mailing letters up to 300 miles, and the 10-cent George Washington stamp for delivery beyond that. "Let history now record that the first Forever Stamp was dedicated on April 12, 2007, in the birthplace of American democracy and bearing the eternal symbol of American liberty."
There are no limits on customer purchases. Beginning today, April 12, the Forever Stamp will be available in booklets of 20 through http://www.usps.com, by calling 1-800-STAMP-24 and at Post Office retail counters nationwide. Customers may also purchase the stamps from selected Post Office vending machines. Starting May 14, Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and Automated Postal Centers will begin offering the Forever Stamp in sheets of 18. Also, many participating convenience stores, grocery stores, drug stores and other retailers will also begin selling Forever Stamp booklets of 20.
An independent federal agency, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that visits 146 million homes and businesses, six days a week. It has 37,000 retail locations and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to cover its operating expenses. The Postal Service has annual revenues of $73 billion and delivers nearly half the world's mail.
Forever Stamp Fact Sheet
How to Order First Day of Issue Postmarks
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first day of issue postmark by mail. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address them to themselves or others, and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:
2970 Market St RM 525
Philadelphia, PA 19104
After applying the first day of issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by June 14, 2007.
How to Order First Day Covers
Stamp Fulfillment Services also offers first day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first day of issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 1-800-STAMP-24 or writing to:
US POSTAL SERVICE
PO BOX 219014
KANSAS CITY MO 64121-9014
There are three philatelic products available for this stamp issue:
-- First Day Cover, 79-cents (Item 676661) Booklet of 20 format.
-- Digital Color Postmark, $1.50 (Item 676665).
-- First Day Cover, 79-cents (Item 569961). ATM Sheet of 18 format.
SOURCE U.S. Postal Service
Monday, April 16, 2007
Mail And Document Management Solutions
Pitney Bowes Showcases Mailstream Solutions at AIIM/On Demand in Boston April 17 - 19, 2007
ON DEMAND Conference & Expo 2007
Pitney Bowes Booth #901
April 11, 2007 - STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pitney Bowes Inc., (NYSE: PBI), the mailstream technology firm, will showcase a comprehensive portfolio of its mail and document management solutions for organizations of all sizes at the AIIM/ON DEMAND Conference and Exposition, to be held April 17-19 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts. On display at the Pitney Bowes booth #901 will be solutions that help transactional mailers and direct marketers increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their customer communications.
Pitney Bowes Group 1 Software will showcase software solutions to enable Communications Intelligence, including its Customer Communication Management (CCM) portfolio for accelerating intelligence across the enterprise. Attendees will learn how Group 1 Software's CCM editions enable the creation of real-time communication for in-person interactions, as well as the generation of high-volume, high-quality business documents across the document workflow.
Pitney Bowes' Emtex Software will demonstrate a strong convergence model that includes not only print-on-demand applications, but also a broad range of transactional, transpromo and digital production printing. Emtex is a robust and flexible output management technology that offers format versatility to handle the convergence of different workflows. The VIPT and VDET solutions can input AFPDS, Metacode, DJDE, PostScript, PDF and PCL data streams. Based on customer requirements, print data will be generated for virtually any device compatible with IPDS, Metacode, PostScript, PCL or IJPDS. Digital documents can also be generated in AFPDS, PDF, XML or TIFF. As a result, customers are not limited by their data streams, but gain the freedom to send any print job to the device or delivery channel best suited for it. Emtex also has solutions for automated reprint, common accounting, integrated viewing, dynamic document manipulation and concurrent multiple input and output capabilities for any document environment.
Pitney Bowes Global Mailstream Solutions will be exhibiting products including its DI 950 Integrated Document Printing Solution, which provides outstanding levels of security and process integrity within the reach of mid-size mailers. With integrated printing, the DI 950 can help optimize the mailstream by creating, formatting, printing, inserting and metering in one solution.
Pitney Bowes will be featuring its recently introduced AddressRight® Pro DA75S Printer, which offers black-and-white and color printing capabilities to mailers of all sizes. The printer allows users to print addresses, graphics and barcodes and personalized messages almost anywhere on the envelope utilizing a wide variety of mailing materials including envelopes, postcards, booklets, folded newsletters, flats and catalogs. Used in tandem with Pitney Bowes' SmartMailerT or AddressRight® Pro, businesses can target customers with powerful, easy-to-use software that cleanses and updates existing lists while helping make full use of critical customer data.
Experts from the Pitney Bowes Postage Discount Program will educate attendees about solutions for reducing costs and maximizing opportunities in the new postal rate environment.
Art Fiordaliso, President Pitney Bowes AAS/pmh, a Pitney Bowes Marketing Services company, will be participating as a speaker in a session on "Web to Print Solutions: Enabling New Business Models," on Tuesday April 17, 2007 at 12:00 noon.
John Schloff, Vice President, Marketing and Global Strategy for Pitney Bowes Document Messaging Technologies will be a panelist on "New Opportunities with Transpromotional Documents" on Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 11:10 am.
About Pitney Bowes:
Pitney Bowes provides the world's most comprehensive suite of mailstream software, hardware, services and solutions to help companies manage their flow of mail, documents and packages to improve communication. Pitney Bowes, with $5.7 billion in annual revenue, takes an all-inclusive view of its customers' operations, helping organizations of all sizes enjoy the competitive advantage that comes from an optimized mailstream. The company's 86 years of technological leadership have produced many major mailstream innovations, and it is consistently on the Intellectual Property Owners Association's list of top U.S. patent holders. With approximately 35,000 employees worldwide, Pitney Bowes serves more than 2 million businesses through direct and dealer operations. More information about the company can be found at www.pb.com.
Pitney Bowes Inc.
Carol Wallace, 203-351-6974
Nation's Largest Mail Presorter Opens New Site
Pitney Bowes PSI Opens New Site in Virginia
April 12, 2007 - ASHLAND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pitney Bowes PSI, the nation's largest mail presorter, today announced the opening of a new site in Ashland, Virginia. The site is the 33rd location in Pitney Bowes PSI's national mail presort services network.
Located at 305 Ashcake Road, the facility has the capacity to presort hundreds of thousands of first-class and standard mail every day. The 12,000 square foot center employs approximately 35 people.
"Pitney Bowes PSI is honored to join Ashland, Hanover County and the Greater Richmond region as a new member of the business community," said Jay Oxton, President of Pitney Bowes PSI. "We are looking forward to a long, successful relationship and helping area customers leverage mail services to increase efficiency, quality and savings in the mailstream."
"We are so pleased that Pitney Bowes PSI has chosen Hanover County for its new location. Their values in quality management processes and their prestigious client base will be an asset to Hanover's corporate community," said Tim Ernst, Ashland District Supervisor. "Pitney Bowes PSI's tech-based operation adds to the growing list of technology companies that are selecting Hanover and the Richmond region as a place in which to grow their business."
Presort services enable medium and large mailers to qualify for discounts on their postage by aggregating mail from multiple sources and then sorting it by ZIP Code before it enters the United States Postal Service network. These services not only make it less expensive to send mail, but also can speed delivery by up to one day depending on the destination.
About Pitney Bowes PSI
Pitney Bowes PSI is the nation's largest mail presorter, enabling customers to receive significant postage discounts on first class and standard mail. Pitney Bowes PSI provides high-quality service for its core business of mail presort and complementary mailing services. Pitney Bowes PSI currently handles ten billion pieces of mail per year through its 33 facilities across the United States. Pitney Bowes PSI is part of the Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI) family of companies.
Pitney Bowes Inc.
Karen King, 203-351-6189
System Connectivity Between DOC1 Document Composition Software and Truepress Jet520
Pitney Bowes' Group 1 Software and Screen Deliver System Connectivity Between DOC1® Document Composition Software and Truepress Jet520
--Companies Exhibiting at AIIM/ON DEMAND Conference and Exposition, April 17-19, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center--
AIIM Conference & Expo 2007
ON DEMAND Conference & Expo 2007
April 12, 2007 - LANHAM, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Group 1 Software, Inc., a Pitney Bowes Company (NYSE:PBI), and Dainippon Screen Mfg, Co., Ltd., today announced the delivery of one-to-one communications and system connectivity between Group 1 Software's DOC1® document composition software and Screen's Truepress Jet520 printing system.
As a result of this announcement, the latest version of DOC1 Series 5 will support Screen's recommended page description language for Truepress Jet520 - TOP (Truepress Optimized PostScript) - which provides effective integration between DOC1 and Truepress Jet520 and maximizes Truepress Jet520's high speed processing.
"This announcement will enhance the seamless workflow and open system environment of Screen's variable printing solution by connecting our Truepress Jet520 with Group 1 Software's industry leading DOC1 document creation software," said Kyohei Fujisawa, senior corporate officer of Screen and president of Media Technology Company. "We look forward to extending the benefits of this partnership to our customers."
"Together, Screen and Group 1 Software are providing our customers with a complete, end-to-end solution for creating and producing full-color documents in a high-volume environment," said Christopher Baker, president of Group 1 Software. "This is the first development in what we expect will be an important partnership between our two companies."
The Screen Truepress Jet520 is a continuous-feed, single-pass inkjet printer that excels at producing catalogs, direct mail pieces, full-color account statements and other materials based on customer databases. The Truepress Jet520 offers fast processing speeds of 64m per minute, and 840 A4 pages per minute by two-up duplex, with the perfect balance of exceptional performance, good print quality and competitive operating costs.
DOC1 Series 5 is a cornerstone component of Group 1 Software's Customer Communication Management (CCM) suite, which simplifies the gathering and manipulation of data, streamlines document creation and distribution, and ensures that information is accessible and secure. DOC1 Series 5 enables businesses to easily design and generate high-volume, personalized communications for multi-channel delivery.
Both Screen and Group 1 Software will exhibit at the AIIM/ON DEMAND Conference and Exposition to be held April 17-19 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Screen will demonstrate the Truepress Jet520 printing system in booth #850. Group 1 Software will showcase its Customer Communication Management (CCM) software portfolio for accelerating intelligence across the enterprise in booth #901.
About Dainippon Screen
Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (Kyoto, Japan) is a leading company in system components for the prepress and printing industries. Its extensive range of equipment includes scanners, workflow systems, RIPs, proofing systems, plate-setters and digital printing presses. The company is also a well-known manufacturer of equipment for the semiconductor and flat panel display manufacturing industries. For more information, visit http://www.screen.co.jp/index.html.
About Group 1 Software
Group 1 Software (www.g1.com) turns data into results, providing innovative software solutions that enable our clients to better understand and connect with their millions of customers, prospects, and partners. Group 1 Software helps over 3,000 organizations maximize the value of customer data to improve profitability, increase effectiveness, and strengthen customer relationships, through consolidating, cleansing and enriching corporate data, and generating personalized business documents for multi-channel delivery, customer care and efficient business processing. Our comprehensive Customer Communications Management (CCM) solutions span from database to delivery, adding value to every aspect of communication and allowing clients to integrate intelligence throughout their mailstream. As part of Pitney Bowes (NYSE:PBI), a $5.6 billion company, Group 1 Software's solutions are utilized by leaders in the insurance, financial services/banking, GIS/mapping, government, mail services, retail, telecommunications, utility, and other industries, including Entergy, ING, L.L. Bean, MapQuest, Microsoft, Safeco Insurance, Wal-Mart and Wells Fargo.
DOC1, Group 1, Group 1 Software, and the Group 1 logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Group 1 Software, Inc. Pitney Bowes and the Pitney Bowes Process Bar Design are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pitney Bowes, Inc. All other brand names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Group 1 Software, Inc.
Doug Gunster, +1 301-918-0864
Commemorative Boston Celtics Postage Collection
Boston Celtics and Pitney Bowes Announce the Launch of the Commemorative Boston Celtics Postage Collection
Special collection to feature a Celtics logo as well as individual players
April 02, 2007 - BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Boston Celtics and Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI) announced today the launch of a commemorative Boston Celtics Postage Collection. The new postage will feature a Celtics logo designed sheet, as well as sheets for individual players. The Boston Celtics Postage Collection can be purchased exclusively on www.celtics.com.
"The Boston Celtics are excited to team up with Pitney Bowes for this unique postage collection," Rich Gotham, Chief Operations Officer of the Celtics said. "The Boston Celtics postage collection is another exclusive Celtics commemorative that we can offer to our fans. We are hopeful that the collection will not only be a useful product, but also a collector's item."
This premium postage collection will be available for purchase on April 2, 2007. Individual players who will be featured on the postage include team captain Paul Pierce, forwards Al Jefferson and Ryan Gomes and guards Delonte West and Gerald Green.
Each featured design in the Boston Celtics Postage Collection will be offered in sheets of 20. In addition, a framed collection of the entire limited edition collection will be available for purchase.
"Pitney Bowes is delighted to be collaborating with the Boston Celtics on its custom postage program," Ian Siveyer said, Vice President of Global Internet and Postal Solutions for Pitney Bowes. "The collection will provide the Celtics and its fans with an opportunity to personalize their communications in the mailstream."
About Pitney Bowes
Pitney Bowes provides the world's most comprehensive suite of mailstream software, hardware, services and solutions to help companies manage their flow of mail, documents and packages to improve communication. Pitney Bowes, with $5.7 billion in annual revenue, takes an all-inclusive view of its customers' operations, helping organizations of all sizes enjoy the competitive advantage that comes from an optimized mailstream. The company's 87 years of technological leadership have produced many major mailstream innovations, and it is consistently on the Intellectual Property Owners Association's list of top U.S. patent holders. With approximately 35,000 employees worldwide, Pitney Bowes serves more than 2 million businesses through direct and dealer operations. More information about the company can be found at www.pb.com.
About the Boston Celtics
A charter member of the Basketball Association of America (which evolved into i.e. National Basketball Association) since 1946, the Boston Celtics have won a record 16 NBA Championships, including eight (8) in a row from 1959-1966, and have won NBA titles in three (3) different eras. In addition, 31 former Celtics players, management or staff have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. During the 2004-05 NBA season, the Celtics won their first Atlantic Division title in 12 seasons. For more information on the Celtics, log on to www.celtics.com.
Heather Walker, (Office) 617-854-8072
Sean Flanagan, (Office) 617-488-2878
Kevin Flight, (Office) 617-488-2863
Karen King, (Office) 203-351-6189
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Cutting Edge Marketing Strategy For Sacramento Restaurants
Sacramento Restaurants Sign up for Cutting Edge Marketing Strategy
EmailDirect.com, a web based email list management and delivery company, is reinventing the way Northern California restaurants interact with their diners. By communicating via smart email marketing, restaurant managers are empowered to reach thousands of diners simultaneously through personalized email messages. In an effort to provide its innovative marketing strategy to more businesses within the food service industry, EmailDirect.com has aligned its brand with a powerful player in the business, SYSCO Sacramento and SYSCO San Francisco. Both SYSCO branches are a division of SYSCO Corporation a premier food service distributor and the "distributor of choice" in North America with over 100 distribution centers supplying 356,000 customers.
Sacramento, Ca. (PRWeb) February 5, 2007 -- EmailDirect.com, a web based email list management and delivery company, is reinventing the way Northern California restaurants interact with their diners. By communicating via smart email marketing, restaurant managers are empowered to reach thousands of diners simultaneously through personalized email messages.
The Sacramento-based company stresses higher business ethics and strives to be the most trusted email marketing service provider by sending emails only to requesting parties. Given today's turbulent Internet climate, EmailDirect has a zero tolerance policy regarding Spam. "The difference is, our emails reach a targeted audience eager to hear from these restaurants," said EmailDirect.com CEO Kevin Linden. "Instead of waiting for coupons to appear in the mail or newspaper, frequent diners can expect personalized emails regarding information about a restaurants loyalty program, happy hour specials and upcoming events."
It is this connection that has fueled a surge of business at some of Sacramento's most popular restaurants using the new marketing method. Among them, Café Bernardo's newest downtown location experienced lines out the door and down the street after distributing a free pancake breakfast voucher to its email list. Since the email-based breakfast promotion, the new café has experienced consistently high-volume morning crowds. And Café Bernardo isn't the only restaurant taking advantage of EmailDirect's services. Paragary's Bar & Oven, Ambrosia Café, Chops Steaks Seafood and Bar, 4th Street Grille, Spataro, R15, Texas West BBQ, and Brookfield's Restaurant are just a few of Sacramento's best restaurants using EmailDirect.com to effectively communicate directly with their customers.
In an effort to provide its innovative marketing strategy to more businesses within the food service industry, EmailDirect.com has aligned its brand with a powerful player in the business, SYSCO Sacramento and SYSCO San Francisco. Both SYSCO branches are part of SYSCO Corporation (www.sysco.com) a premier food service distributor and the "distributor of choice" in North America with over 100 distribution centers supplying 356,000 customers. Now a SYSCO iCare partner, EmailDirect.com will be showcasing its services at SYSCO Sacramento's 2007 'Growing with SYSCO Food and Equipment Show' being held at the Sacramento Convention Center on February 21st. EmailDirect.com encourages all restaurant managers to join them on February 21st at this entertaining and informative event. For more information please visit www.EmailDirect.com.
EmailDirect is a Sacramento, California based corporation which develops cutting edge email marketing applications for permission based marketers.
Press Contact: KRISTINE DOBSON
Company Name: EmailDirect.com
Email: email protected from spam bots
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Phone Card Long Distance Calling Newsletter
Hot Deals Did You Know? News Services and Features
Welcome to Your Big-zoo.pushline.com Sales Events and New Services Alert!
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Monday, April 02, 2007
USPS Rate Changes Target Business Mail Operators and Marketers
Pitney Bowes Launches www.pbpostalinfo.com - Web Resource for the USPS Rate Changes
Tools, Terms and Tips for Mail Operators, High-Volume and Business Mailers and Marketers
March 29, 2007 - STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI), the mailstream technology company, has launched a website to guide mail operators and marketers through the newly-announced US Postal Service rate changes. Located at www.pbpostalinfo.com and at www.PitneyBowes.com, Pitney Bowes offers the tools, terms and tips that reduce costs and maximize opportunities in the new postal rate environment.
The 2007 USPS rate change focuses on the shape and size of mail pieces. This is especially important for firms that send high volumes of transactional mail such as financial and insurance statements, and for direct mailers of postcard offers, catalogues and credit card offers. Nuances in how mail operators and marketers optimize their mailstream can mean millions of dollars in both savings and revenue.
A recent Pitney Bowes survey of more than 500 business executives nationwide indicated that 79% of respondents are unaware of the changes in postal rates and regulations. This widespread lack of knowledge about an important business event cuts across all organizational sizes and all regions of the country.
The Pitney Bowes website features a custom rate change interactive tool that helps mailers and marketers determine areas of impact so they may adapt their mail operations according to the new USPS rates. In addition to direct links to the USPS official site, Pitney Bowes adds ongoing news, facts and educational information that quickly and clearly outline tips and advice for mailers and marketers.
"Due to the changing postal environment, U.S. firms have an immediate opportunity to reduce costs and increase revenues by optimizing the mailstream," said Mike Monahan, Executive Vice President and President, Global Mailing Solutions and Services. "This enterprise-wide endeavor will quickly become a C-suite priority with the 2007 USPS rate change."
About Pitney Bowes:
Pitney Bowes provides the world's most comprehensive suite of mailstream software, hardware, services and solutions to help companies manage their flow of mail, documents and packages to improve communication. Pitney Bowes, with $5.7 billion in annual revenue, takes an all-inclusive view of its customers' operations, helping organizations of all sizes enjoy the competitive advantage that comes from an optimized mailstream. The company's 87 years of technological leadership have produced many major mailstream innovations, and it is consistently on the Intellectual Property Owners Association's list of top U.S. patent holders. With approximately 35,000 employees worldwide, Pitney Bowes serves more than 2 million businesses through direct and dealer operations. More information about the company can be found at http://www.pb.com.
Carol Wallace, Director, External Communications
Sprint 'Powers Up' Networks in Minnesota
Sprint 'Powers Up' Wireless Coverage, Capacity to Networks in Minnesota
Significant Network Enhancements Part of More Than $43 Million State-Wide Investment
April 02, 2007 - MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For Sprint (NYSE: S) wireless customers in Minnesota who already take advantage of the company's powerful networks, recent local network enhancements should result in even better wireless service. Sprint added 74 wireless cell sites during 2006 to its Nationwide Sprint PCS NetworkSM and Nextel National NetworkSM in the state, including the Twin Cities.
"Sprint continues to make significant investments to increase coverage and capacity in its wireless networks in Minnesota and throughout the country," said Rob Bryant, area vice president of sales for Sprint. "Customer satisfaction and network quality are two of Sprint's top priorities as we further strengthen our powerful networks where our customers live, work, play and travel."
Last year, Sprint invested more than $43 million in its wireless networks in Minnesota. The following is a detailed list of the locations in the Twin Cities benefiting from these enhancements:
Nationwide Sprint PCS Network
* South Minneapolis between Diamond Lake and Lake Nokomis
* Apple Valley at I-35E and Hwy. 77
* Excelsior and Shady Oak Dr.
* South of Uptown along Lyndale Ave.
* Around Chaska High School
* Shakopee at Hwy. 169 and Marschall Rd.
* Edina Shopping Center at France and 50th
* Minnetonka at Tonkawood and 7th
* Southwest of Shakopee along Hwy. 169
* Minnetonka around Hopkins Crossing
* Downtown Shakopee
* Hwy. 36 and Hamline near Har Mar Mall
* Lake Phalen area at Hwy. 61 and Maryland
* McKnight Road between Maplewood and North St. Paul, south of Hwy. 36
* Brooklyn Center, around Evergreen Park
* Coon Rapid Soccer Complex
* Downtown Maple Grove near I-94 and I-494 intersection
* Golden Valley at Douglas and Duluth
* Brooklyn Park at Hwy. 610 and Zane Ave. N.
* East of St. Paul Park to Highland Park in Cottage Grove
* South of Eden Prairie Center along Flying Cloud Dr. to the airport
Nextel National Network
* Eden Prairie
* Lake Harriet
* North St. Paul
In 2006, Sprint added more than 3,400 cell sites across the country to strengthen performance in both of its wireless networks and this year expects to add more than 4,000 sites. In addition to enhancements in the Twin Cities, Sprint also made network enhancements across the state and in Western Wisconsin.
Nationwide Sprint PCS Network
* Bay City (Wi.)
* Chisago City
* East edge of St. Croix Falls (Wi.)
* Hwy. 10 between Prescott and Trimbelle (Wi.)
* Hwy. 35 north of Diamond Bluff (Wi.)
* Hudson (Wi.)
* Maiden Rock (Wi.)
* Martell (Wi.)
* North of Stillwater
* North of Trenton (Wi.)
* Northeast of Howard Lake
* Region between Cylon, Emerald and Forest
* South of Forest Lake
* Southeast of Monticello
* West of Hanover
Nextel National Network
* Cottage Grove
* Elk River
* Grove City
* New London
* Red Wing
* Silver Lake
* St. Anthony
Increased Network Investment in 2007
Sprint spent more than $7 billion in capital expenditures in 2006, most of which was invested to enhance its wireless and wireline networks nationwide. Across the country, thousands of markets - large and small - received the benefit of this major investment. This year, Sprint will invest more than $7 billion to further enhance its powerful networks and expand mobile broadband coverage.
Power Network Coverage Tool and Sprint Plan Advisor
To help current and prospective customers view coverage information, Sprint provides the Power Network Coverage Tool, which provides detailed coverage maps down to the street address level. By entering an address or ZIP code, customers can check the availability of wireless coverage, recently added cell sites and the network signal strength on the Nationwide Sprint PCS Network, Nextel National Network or Sprint Mobile Broadband Network. The tool is available at www.sprint.com/coverage and at self-service touch-screen kiosks at many Sprint and Nextel retail stores. Once coverage is determined, customers can either change or purchase a new service plan using the new Sprint Plan Advisor. This tool, which helps customers make educated decisions about which wireless plan is right for them based on the criteria they provide, is available at www.sprint.com/planadvisor.
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 is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks serving 53.1 million customers at the end of 2006; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and an award-winning and global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
Miles McMillin, 913-794-3775