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September 15, 2004

Sprint Relay Wireless Now Available on Sidekick and HipTop Wireless Devices

From: Sprint - Sept 15, 2004

Media Contacts:
Stephanie Taliaferro, Sprint
Voice 913-794-3658

Joe Karp, GoAmerica
Voice 201-527-1518
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Addition of these devices provides simple access to Sprint Relay Online from a variety of devices and networks

Overland Park, Kan. - September 15, 2004-Sprint (NYSE: FON) today announced that Sprint Relay Wireless, powered by GoAmerica® (NASDAQ: GOAM and GOAMC), is now available on the Sidekick and HipTop wireless devices. As previously announced, Sprint Relay Wireless is also accessible through the RIM 850, 857 and 950 devices running WyndTell® service, and it will be available on a variety of RIM Blackberry devices by the end of September 2004. 

"Sprint Relay Wireless generated a lot of excitement when we announced it on the WyndTell platform in May," said Mike Ligas, region vice president -- Sprint Relay. "We expect a similar reception with the addition of these devices that are so popular within the deaf and hard of hearing communities."

"Our WyndTell customers have told us that Sprint Relay Wireless is a very important means of communication, especially when they are on the go," said Joe Karp, vice president of marketing for GoAmerica. "The service stands to become increasingly more popular now that we've added a color interface, made it easier to use and designed it to work on a variety of other platforms."

Sidekick and HipTop wireless device users access Sprint Relay by clicking on the bright TTY icon directly from the chooser screen. With an interface especially designed for the Sidekick and HipTop platform, Sprint Relay Wireless is easy to learn and use. From the application screen, users can select and dial any phone number in the address book, or enter a new number. Click the "Start Call," and the relay connection is automatically made. Recently dialed numbers are stored for future use.  From the relay screen, the operator and user are differentiated by upper and lowercase text used in the conversation, and users can easily change the font size for easier reading. Users can also cut and paste copies of relay conversations into email or to save for future reference.

Users can download and install the service for free by accessing it using the device's "Catalog" download feature.  In the catalog, users simply select Sprint Relay Wireless from the Applications list, and select "Purchase" to download and install the service.  The service currently is free to download and use.

By the end of September, Sprint Relay Wireless will be available for certain RIM BlackBerry devices. And this interface also will feature a colorful, consistent design that makes it easy to learn and use.  BlackBerry users will be able to choose the font color for incoming/outgoing text on the conversation screen, providing maximum readability. 

Specific RIM Blackberry devices on which Sprint Relay Wireless will be available include the 6210, 6280, 6710, 7210, 7230, 7280 and 7780 handhelds from a particular wireless network provider. This service will be the only relay offering available for BlackBerry users, and will be introduced at no cost to download and use.  More details and network availability information will be available at upon the launch of Sprint Relay Wireless on the Blackberry devices on Sept. 29, 2004.

With 14 years of relay experience, Sprint is providing services to persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or who have a speech disability to communicate with hearing persons on the phone.  Sprint offers FCC-compliant relay services to the federal government, 31 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and New Zealand.  Sprint's expertise in the field provides the assurance that all Sprint Relay services (TTY, internet, wireless, video, CapTel and Conference Captioning) will meet or exceed Federal Communications Commission requirements for telecommunications relay services (TRS).  For more information, visit 

Sprint Government Systems Division ( is based in Herndon, Va., and offers the full range of Sprint product and service offerings for federal and state government customers.

About Sprint

Sprint is a global integrated communications provider serving more than 26 million customers in over 100 countries.  With more than $26 billion in annual revenues in 2003, 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 communications services in 39 states and the District of Columbia and operates the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide PCS wireless network in the United States. For more information, visit

About GoAmerica

GoAmerica is a leading provider of wireless telecommunications services for people with hearing loss. The company's vision is to improve the quality of life for people who are deaf or hard of hearing by being their premier provider of innovative communication services. WyndTell-a GoAmerica Service-is the wireless service of choice for thousands of deaf consumers across the  U. S., and was recognized for Excellence in Universal Design and Technology, by the California Governor's Committee for the Employment of Disabled persons. For more information, visit or contact GoAmerica directly at TTY 201-527-1520, voice 201-996-1717.

Sidekick is a registered trademark of T-Mobile USA, Inc.  Hiptop is a registered trademark of Danger, Inc.

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