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 HOUSTON and ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Getting a special jump on the Valentine's Day weekend, a graduate student at the University of Michigan used a Sprint videoconference late Friday to propose to his love back home in Texas.
 Jeral Poskey, a 23-year-old Texan who's pursuing a Ph.D at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, enlisted friends from his native state to lure his girlfriend, Sharon Chen, to a Sprint videoconferencing room in Houston. Sharon, also 23, knew something was up as soon as she arrived but wasn't quite sure what.
 With friends of the two hiding at each end, Jeral proceeded to pop the question and to the relief of all, Sharon agreed.
 "I was 99 percent certain she'd say yes," Jeral said. "We've been dating for about two years and getting more serious, despite our separation. She's been `hinting' about marriage for a few months."
 Sharon also is a Texan. She's from Arlington, and he's from Sulphur Springs. They met while undergraduates at the University of Texas at Austin and moved apart when Sharon entered school at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and Jeral headed off to Michigan.
 The two clearly are children of modern telecommunications. Their primary means of communication lately has been electronic mail via computers. Jeral began to think about videoconferencing as a better, more personal way to pop the ultimate question after a University of Michigan campus "open house" tour that showed off a new videoconferencing room.
 "Quite frankly, I really was impressed with the video quality and that's what sold me on the idea," Jeral said.
 The Ph.D student then approached Sprint to see if the company could link the Ann Arbor room with one in Houston, and Sprint's Video Group happily agreed.
 "This special event highlights the human side of a very powerful technology," said Tina Mayland, director of sales and marketing for Sprint's Video Group.
 Sprint has provided videoconferencing services in the United States for more than a decade, longer than any other long distance company. Today, Sprint Video connects to thousands of rooms in more than 35 countries.
 Friday's version of "Video Cupid" was made possible through a Sprint service known as the. The Sprint Meeting Channel is the world's largest network dedicated solely to videoconferencing.
 Sprint (NYSE: FON) is a diversified international telecommunications company with $9.2 billion in annual revenues and the United States' only nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network. Its divisions provide global long distance voice, data and video products and services, and local telephone services to more than 4 million subscriber lines in 17 states.
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 /NOTE: Meeting Channel is a service mark./
 /CONTACT: Norman Black, 202-828-7428 or, after hours, 301-299-7338 or Angela Peacock, 202-828-7415 or, after hours, 301-865-3766, both of Sprint/

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