UMG AND SPRINT SIGN AGREEMENT TO OFFER MOBILE MUSIC FANS NEW RINGER CHOICES FEATURING SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST RENOWNED ARTISTS
Santa Monica, California, August 14, 2003 – Universal Music Group (UMG) and Sprint (NYSE: FON, PCS) have signed an agreement that will bring new ringer choices from some of the world’s most renowned artists to mobile music fans nationwide. Sprint, which operates the largest all-digital, all-PCS nationwide network, and UMG, the world’s leading music company, plan to offer a wide variety of downloadable ringers in the music tone category, which are ringers of clips from the actual recorded song, to PCS Vision customers. Sprint was the first U.S. carrier to launch ringers from actual songs.
Sprint currently offers nearly 1000 ringers and screen savers in categories that include urban, rock, pop, country, TV/Movie themes, music tones, animated ringers and voice ringers in both English and Spanish. The agreement with UMG expands the music tones category.
“Sprint customers tell us they want to personalize their phones with customized ringers. The agreement with Universal Music Group enables Sprint to expand the selection of ringers by offering customers more music by more artists from the world’s largest music company,” said Chip Novick, vice president of consumer marketing for the PCS Division of Sprint.
“UMG’s partnership with Sprint will provide wireless subscribers with a wide variety of new and exciting ringer choices featuring Universal artists’ music,” said Larry Kenswil, President, eLabs, the new business and technology division of Universal Music Group. “Universal is committed to bringing our content to the music fan, in as many ways, in as many places as possible. The mobile music experience offers a new avenue for us to deliver our content to consumers.”
PCS Vision from Sprint includes services that allow customers to take and receive pictures from select PCS Vision Phones; browse the Internet at speeds faster than most dial-up connections; check personal and corporate e-mail; watch clips and stream audio for news and music; download polyphonic, animated and voice ringers, and full-color graphically-rich games and screen savers, all on the enhanced Sprint Nationwide PCS Network.
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group is the world’s leading music company with wholly-owned record operations or licensees in 71 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry’s largest global music publishing operations.
Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Record Company, Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, MCA Nashville, Mercury Records, Mercury Nashville, Philips, Polydor, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Strategic Marketing and Commercial Affairs (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technology division.
Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.
Sprint is a global integrated communications provider serving more than 26 million customers in over 100 countries. With approximately 70,000 employees worldwide and nearly $27 billion in annual revenues, Sprint is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying state-of-the-art network technologies, including the United States’ first nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network and an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint provides local voice and data services in 18 states and operates the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide PCS wireless network in the United States. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.