Houston Airport System and Sprint Deliver High-Speed Wi-Fi Access to Houston Intercontinental Air Travelers

Sprint PCS(SM) Wi-Fi Access at Houston Hobby Airport helps travelers ‘get unplugged’ and make the most of time in the airport

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., and HOUSTON, May 24 /PRNewswire/ — Passengers flying through Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport now have a more productive way to spend their time. Today, the Houston Airport System (HAS) and Sprint (NYSE:FON) announced the availability of Sprint PCS Wi-Fi Access at Bush. The high-speed wireless technology will enable busy travelers to conduct business that they normally could only conduct at the office or at a facility where they could plug their computer into a jack.

With the Wi-Fi service already available at William P. Hobby Airport, travelers at both of Houston’s major airports can use the new high-speed wireless service throughout each facility, including gate areas, restaurants, ticketing and baggage claim at speeds up to 100 times faster than standard dialup. Combined, Bush Intercontinental and Hobby airports serve more than 44 million passengers annually.

“With the growing availability of Sprint connectivity options, business travel does not need to involve communications downtime,” explained Wes Dittmer, general manager – WLAN Services, Sprint. “Wait time before or between flights is no longer wasted time in terms of lost productivity or missed opportunity. Business customers want technology solutions that increase productivity, reduce costs and create a competitive advantage for their mobile workforce. Sprint is addressing these needs by delivering superior data solutions and will continue to do so as we provide EV-DO service later this year.”

“This service will provide travelers a convenient way to update their laptop communications without having to seek out a special Internet connection,” said Bob White, Bush Intercontinental Airport Manager. “There is now an expectation, especially by those with Wi-Fi laptop capabilities, to have Internet access in airports.”

Customers will need a Wi-Fi card or mobile device embedded with Wi-Fi technology in order to take advantage of the service. Users are greeted by the Bush Intercontinental portal page that provides a host of free information, including real-time flight information.

Sprint PCS Wi-Fi Access has two available billing options: Pay-As-You-Go access is $9.95 per connection per location for 24 hours of unlimited access, and a Month-to-Month plan offers unlimited access for $49.95 per month. For complete information including a list of Wi-Fi ZONES(TM) compatible with Sprint service, visit http://www.sprint.com/wifi .

Sprint customers have the choice of using Sprint PCS Vision(SM) data services to be connected while mobile via the Sprint Nationwide PCS Network or Sprint PCS Wi-Fi Access when they are in key public venues for any length of time and need higher data speeds. Sprint PCS Wi-Fi Access uses 802.11g technology to provide a desktop environment in airports, hotels, convention centers and other public venues with remote Internet access, email and corporate applications at multimegabit speeds on their mobile devices.

About Sprint

Sprint offers an extensive range of innovative communication products and solutions, including global IP, wireless, local and multiproduct bundles. A Fortune 100 company with more than $27 billion in annual revenues in 2004, 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; an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone; and one of the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide wireless networks in the United States. For more information, visit http://www.sprint.com/mr .

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