OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), October 14, 2013 – Connecting with family and friends just got easier for Sprint (NYSE: S) customers with the launch of Messaging Plus on select iPhone and Android™-powered smartphones. Messaging Plus, powered by cloud communications company Jibe Mobile, lets customers use a single application to connect with family and friends on any wireless carrier in the United States, Canada and Mexico via text, instant messaging, group messaging, and video chat, as well as sharing of photos and videos. Sprint is the first national wireless carrier to enable cloud-based enhanced messaging features that can be downloaded on select smartphones for consumer use with multiple carriers.
Messaging Plus is free and easy to install on iPhones and Android-powered smartphones. Customers simply download it to their device from Sprint Zone, Sprint.com, Google Play or the Apple App Store. Once the application is installed, Sprint customers with Messaging Plus can invite their family and friends to download the application from Google Play or the Apple App Store to their device to enable all the messaging features across carriers in a single application.
“Messaging Plus is another industry first for Sprint and another example of our countless innovations that enable customers to do more with their wireless device,” said Wayne Ward, vice president-Business and Product Development, Sprint. “We are excited to bring all messaging capabilities into one easy-to-use application. And, we are pleased to be able to grow the use of the technology by having Messaging Plus users invite their contacts on any carrier in the United States to download it to their device. It makes it simple and convenient for everyone to connect with friends and family the way they want.”
Today, Messaging Plus is available for download onto the following devices:
- HTC EVO 4G LTE
- HTC One
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4S
- iPhone 5
- Samsung Galaxy S3
- Samsung Galaxy S4
- Samsung Galaxy Victory
- Samsung Note 2
Moving forward, Messaging Plus will be pre-loaded on all Android-powered smartphones.
“Working together, Sprint and Jibe Mobile have redefined the communications experience consumers should expect from their mobile operator, providing everyone in North America with video chat, group messaging, and sharing on both their iPhone and Android smartphone,” said Amir Sarhangi, CEO, Jibe Mobile.
About Jibe Mobile
Jibe Mobile, a global communications cloud company, provides an open technology platform for the new era of telephony. Bridging the worlds of traditional standards-based telecommunications and Silicon Valley-style rapid application development, Jibe is empowering phone companies, developers and consumers everywhere to build the world’s next global phone network. A Silicon Valley cloud-based communications provider, Jibe has developed the world’s first open technology platform supporting industry standards, including GSMA RCS 5.1, joyn™, and open APIs enabling developers to rapidly incorporate real-time, ‘rich communications’ into mobile applications. Jibe Mobile headquarters is in Mountain View, Calif., with offices in London, Dusseldorf and Tokyo. https://www.jibemobile.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 or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.