Do you love rocking out to your favorite local radio station on your
smartphone but hate the toll it takes on your battery when you stream?
Music lovers rejoice! Sprint signed an industry first and will offer
access to the new NextRadio®
interactive FM radio application beginning with HTC One® and
HTC EVO® 4G LTE. This deal will allow Sprint to provide the
NextRadio service on a broad range of Sprint smartphone devices during
the next several years.
With NextRadio, listening to FM radio on smartphones offers a new type
of interactive radio listening experience. When compared with streaming,
NextRadio consumes about three times less battery life than other music
apps. That's because the audio is coming through a built-in FM tuner
instead of over the Internet.
NextRadio is a free app that comes preloaded on HTC One from Sprint for
all new activations. Customers who already own HTC One or HTC EVO 4G LTE
from Sprint can download NextRadio through Google Play? at no
Don't have HTC One just yet? No worries! Beginning Friday, Aug. 16, HTC
One is launching in a hot, new red color, exclusively for Sprint
customers. HTC One in red will be available in all Sprint Stores, Sprint
Business Sales, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Web
Sales for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement or eligible
upgrade (excludes taxes and surcharges). The device is currently
available in silver and black.
And to turn up the heat even more, from Aug. 16 through Aug. 30, Sprint
will offer a special promotion to make it even easier for customers to
get their hands on the HTC One with interactive FM radio from NextRadio.
For a limited time and while supplies last, customers can purchase an
HTC One and get a second one for free, in any of the three color options
- silver, black or red1.
"Our customers already enjoy listening to a variety of music apps on
their smartphones, but NextRadio makes it easier than ever to interact
with the local radio stations they enjoy listening to in the car
virtually anywhere," said Fared Adib, senior vice president-Product
Development, Sprint. "Marking another innovation milestone for Sprint,
our partners at NextRadio are transforming the FM radio listening
experience by allowing users to interact with their favorite radio shows
by calling or messaging directly from their smartphone."
NextRadio allows users to:
Browse stations in their local area by genre or frequency, set
favorites, view recently played stations or use a traditional tuner
Call or text the radio shows they love, providing the ability to send
instant feedback to the station whenever and virtually wherever they
Watch music and talk come to life with album art, station logos, song
and show details, and instant actions like sharing or purchasing songs
right from their phone
A headset or speaker wire plugged into the 3.5mm stereo audio jack is
required and serves as the antenna for the FM radio chip. Customers can
easily find a radio station from the NextRadio onscreen guide, which is
divided by music genre or selecting the station dial position. The app
also includes radio station logos, slogans and programming description.
"We're excited that an innovative wireless carrier like Sprint is
leading the effort to offer American consumers something they've always
loved - listening to the radio - right in the palm of their hands," said
Gordon Smith, president of the National Association of Broadcasters.
"This service expands on that experience by enabling consumers to
interact with local broadcasters directly through the application."
For more information about the NextRadio application, visit www.nextradioapp.com.
Sprint offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline
communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers,
businesses and government users. Sprint served more than 53 million
customers at the end of the second quarter of 2013 and is widely
recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative
technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national
carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data
services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost
Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international
push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The
American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved
company in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, during the
last five years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in both its 2011
and 2012 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation's greenest
companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn
more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com
HTC, HTC One and HTC EVO 4G are trademarks of HTC Corporation.
1Qualifying data plans and new activations w/2-yr agreement
required. Buy One Get One Free HTC One valid from 8/16/2013 to
8/30/2013. Offer requires qualifying data plan and new activation with
2-year agreement. While supplies last. Other restrictions apply. See
[Sprint web site with deal] for details.
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