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SPRINT RESPONDS TO CONSUMER ACTION SURVEY

 SPRINT RESPONDS TO CONSUMER ACTION SURVEY
 KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- California-based


Consumer Action has released its annual survey comparing interstate (state-to-state) calling rates of the major long distance carriers. Sprint (NYSE: FON) has issued the following statement in response to the survey:
 We encourage consumer groups such as Consumer Action to help better educate consumers about long distance calling through such surveys and agree with their advice to review calling plans when deciding upon a long distance company.
 However, the news for long distance consumers is much brighter than Consumer Action's announcement would lead one to believe.
 Drawing conclusions based on the price of a single call instead of the entire package of calls is much like quoting the price per ounce of a 7-ounce box of cornflakes without taking into account that the price drops significantly when purchasing the 12-ounce or 24-ounce package.
 The same is true of long distance rates. When you look at the entire package instead of a single call, Sprint customers are receiving more value than ever before.
 Sprint restructured its lead consumer product last year, added volume discounts and eliminated the $8 minimum charge with the result that Sprint customers today are saving 13.8 percent on their phone bills, compared to Sprint rates for the lead consumer product a year ago. In California, Sprint lowered its rates nearly 20 percent and also introduced the California Combo plan, which provides flat rate calling for in-state and state-to-state calls. This plan is saving customers 12.9 percent.
 Long distance continues to be one of the best bargains available to consumers. There are very few consumer products you can point to today that have dropped in price some 40 percent in the last seven years.
 While consumer groups such as Consumer Action offer an important service in providing basic rate comparisons, they can help consumers make a more informed decision by taking a comprehensive look at the "cost per ounce" total package of long distance calling.
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 /CONTACT: Robin Pence, 202-828-7454 or, after hours, 703-820-1873, or Robin Carlson, 202-828-7426 or, after hours, 703-573-8364, both of Sprint/
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