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SPRINT OFFERS FREE MEMORIAL WEEKEND CALLING OVER MILITARY NETWORK

 KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprint (NYSE: FON) will provide free calling to the United States for thousands of military personnel stationed abroad this Memorial Day weekend over the Military Affiliates Radio System (MARS). It is the ninth consecutive year Sprint has provided this service to military personnel for holidays.
 This weekend's free calling begins at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Friday, May 28, and concludes at midnight PDT on Tuesday, June 1.
 Recently, thousands of military personnel called home for free over Mother's Day weekend via Sprint and the Navy/Marine, Army and Air Force MARS systems.
 "Sprint and MARS have worked together for many years with the same goal in mind -- to ensure military personnel stationed away from home can speak to loved ones for free on holidays," said Chris Rooney, president of Sprint's Government Systems Division. "We wholeheartedly support this program and are honored to be a part of it."
 The MARS program transmits radio frequencies from ships and ground- based MARS facilities around the globe to MARS operators in the United States. These operators then complete the calls to loved ones over Sprint's fiber optic long distance lines to anywhere in the United States.
 Sprint has provided free calling to military personnel on Christmas, New Year's, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Memorial Day, Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving and Independence Day. Sprint was the first long distance company to offer free long distance through the MARS program.
 Sprint is a diversified international telecommunications company with more than $10 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, local telephone services to nearly 6 million subscriber lines in 19 states, and cellular operations that serve 42 metropolitan markets and more than 50 rural service areas.
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 /CONTACT: Janis Langley, 202-828-7427 or, after hours, 703-533-3322, or John Landsberg, 913-624-3354 or, after hours, 913-345-1649, both of Sprint/
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