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Sprint Opens Programs for Developers

sprintlogo.jpgSprint
announced at the JavaOne conference, their newest programs for
application developers.

Sprint Developer Sandbox will provide access to tools to let
developers quickly and easily create location-based services (LBS)
applications, messaging applications and more.There are three additional location aggregation providers, Alcatel-Lucent,
LOC-AID and Useful Networks, to help developers create new
location-based services for Sprint customers.

Sprint will offer the ninth annual Sprint Application Developer Conference, Oct. 26-28,
2009, which, for the first time, will be open to all developers.

Sprint is the first U.S. carrier to offer the application developer
community a free Developer Sandbox (http://developer.sprint.com/sandbox),
open to all Sprint registered developers, that provides developers
access to an expansive set of Sprint network, handset and product
capabilities to use in creating applications. The first Sprint Developer
Sandbox, which launches today, is the Sprint Network and Product
Services Sandbox. The sandbox provides an easy-to-use format where
developers can take the Sprint services and mashup with other available
third-party services to create innovative web pages and applications.
The new Developer Sandbox simplifies the developers' ability to leverage
Sprint's powerful network services. Sprint will be launching additional
sandboxes in the Sprint Developer Sandbox that highlight a specific set
of development capabilities.

Open location platform expands with Alcatel-Lucent, LOC-AID and
Useful Networks

In addition, Sprint announced that it is expanding its open location
platform with three additional companies to give developers more ways to
create new location-based services for Sprint customers. Sprint launched
its open
location platform
in December with Veriplace and WHERE, and today
announced the addition of Alcatel-Lucent, LOC-AID and Useful Networks.
These platforms protect the privacy and security of Sprint customers
while offering third-party mobile, Web, WAP, SMS, and widget developers
a consistent way to create applications that use the customer's location
information with prior permission to provide customized information and
services.

All of the platforms provide developers with simple, powerful tools to
create and launch location-enabled applications, accelerating and
simplifying certification and on-boarding applications that use GPS,
triangulation and other location services to provide useful information
to customers, while protecting customer privacy.

Developer conference open to all

Sprint plans to hold its ninth annual Application Developer Conference
later this year. 2009 marks the first time the conference will be open
to the entire developer community. It will be held Oct. 26-28 in Santa
Clara, Calif. Registration is now open at http://developer.sprint.com.
The conference will focus on educating the developer community on
current Sprint capabilities across devices, networks and platforms, as
well as provide compelling and useful tools that can immediately be used
to develop applications, content, machine-to-machine devices and unified
communication solutions relevant to the market.

Web, WAP, SMS and mobile application developers can learn more about how
to create applications for Sprint phones using location information by
visiting the Sprint developer site at http://developer.sprint.com.

Since Sprint first launched the wireless web in 2001, the company has
deployed an open Internet approach. Sprint's Application Developer
Program is an open forum designed to give the developer community the
tools they need to create innovative applications for Sprint devices.

Sprint is committed to offering mobile content and applications to its
customers when, where and how they want them:

  • Sprint customers enjoy full HTML browsing on their phones, with Google
    as their Search provider, experience personalized Web browsing with
    Sprint Web and can choose to download name-brand apps and services
    from the Internet - other carriers may limit applications to those
    sanctioned by the carrier.
  • More than 300 different non-Sprint-branded devices, from
    machine-to-machine to telemetry, operate on the Sprint network through
    a widely respected device certification process.
  • Sprint is a member of the Open Handset Alliance, along with more than
    30 other participating companies, supporting the free and open mobile
    applications platform named Android.

As a pioneering user of the Java mobile platform, Sprint is
participating in JavaOne for the ninth consecutive year, offering its
latest tools for developers to create wireless applications and mobile
content for consumer and business customers when, where and how they
want it.

"We want developers to have the tools they need to create useful,
engaging and exciting applications for our customers - whether they're
for individuals and families or small business and enterprise
customers," said Kevin Packingham, senior vice president of Product and
Technology Development for Sprint. "The Sprint Developer Sandbox and new
location platform enablers bring tools from outside Sprint into our open
Application Developer Program to allow more innovation than developers
have in other closed communities."