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Sprint Wins US Emergency Services Contract

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The USA's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has selected Sprint to provide 2,000 Sprint Direct Connect handsets equipped with an Actsoft GPS tracking and navigation solution to support FEMA's nationwide Mass Evacuation Program.

Sprint has assisted FEMA with its evacuation program since 2008.

With the addition of roaming and 1xRTT service, Sprint Direct Connect covers triple the square miles of the legacy Nextel National Network Sprint Direct Connect also has international reach and a portfolio of rugged devices with instant call set up times.

FEMA will use Sprint Direct Connect to send and receive critical information to first responders in times of national emergencies. Sprint Direct Connect also will serve a key role in updating FEMA coordinators on events and engaging help at the nation's most critical times.

FEMA personnel will utilize the ruggedized, military-specification, Kyocera Duracore Plus equipped with the Actsoft Comet Tracker Application. Sprint will also provide integrated project management services to ensure that the agency meets all timeframes and deployment requirements and that all required services are available on demand during this year's Hurricane Season.

"We are extremely proud of our partnership with FEMA on this critical program. Sprint Direct Connect represents the new gold standard in push to talk -- an upgraded and dependable service required for FEMA's mission critical, mass emergency situations," said Carolyn Rehling, vice president, Federal Programs at Sprint.

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