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State of Texas Selects Sprint for Wireless Voice and Data Solutions
[April 14, 2004]

State of Texas Selects Sprint for Wireless Voice and Data Solutions

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint has been awarded a new two-year contract by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) - Telecommunications Services Division to provide wireless voice and data devices and solutions, including Sprint PCS Business Connection(SM) Enterprise Edition, Sprint PCS Ready Link(SM) and Sprint PCS Data Link(SM). This contract allows the various state agencies to gain access to wireless services, Sprint PCS Vision(SM) Phones and Sprint PCS Connection Cards(TM) to enhance mobile communications for their employees. Already, the state Water Conservation Board and Texas Department of Public Transportation (TxDOT) have implemented such Sprint services.

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"With this offering, DIR continues to bring quality products and services to state and local governmental entities and ensures that taxpayers are getting the best value for their dollars," said Eddie Esquivel, Director of Telecommunications in Texas.
Sprint PCS Business Connection allows users secure wireless access to their agency email system via select web-enabled Sprint PCS Phones, Sprint PCS Vision Smart Devices and handheld devices/laptops anywhere on the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network. This service has enabled key executives at the State of Texas UT Systems to maintain real-time connectivity to their computer desk top and voice services using the Sprint PCS Vision Smart Device Hitachi G1000. This device uses Microsoft Pocket PC which allows users to create and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files.
Also available through this contract, Sprint PCS Data Link provides employees a secure, high-speed wireless connectivity solution to access their agency's Intranet, databases, applications, shared files and Internet using a Sprint PCS Connection Card with a laptop or PDA via the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network. Also available is Sprint PCS Ready Link, a nationwide two-way walkie-talkie style service that gives users a quick, convenient way to communicate one-on-one or to groups of up to five with the simple push of a button.
"We're pleased to develop this relationship with the State of Texas to enhance their mobile communications through the latest wireless technology, thus helping them deliver services and meet their objectives more efficiently," Tony D'Agata, vice president and general manager, Sprint Government Services Division. "Such services provide their employees with anytime, anywhere, secure access to critical agency resources, thus allowing them to conduct their job while on the road and away from their office."
Sprint Government Systems Division ( ) is based in Herndon, Va., and offers the full range of Sprint product and service offerings for federal and state government customers. Sprint is the only carrier offering government agencies a Peerless IP solution, unsurpassed in network security because it's entirely private, with no connectivity to the public Internet.
About Sprint
Sprint is a global integrated communications provider serving more than 26 million customers in over 100 countries. With approximately 65,000 employees worldwide and over $26 billion in annual revenues in 2003, 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 and an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint provides local communications services in 39 states and the District of Columbia and operates the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide PCS wireless network in the United States. For more information, visit .

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