Sprint to offer 1 million USA students free mobile devices

Claure says Sprint will attempt to stay "flexible" on which devices the students can choose.

Mr. Claure estimated the retail value of one million connections-each of which will get 3 gigabytes of monthly data through high-school graduation-is roughly $2.2 billion, but he said the actual cost will be less than that because supporting each additional data connection is minimal.

Sprint Corp., through the Sprint Foundation, has pledged to give free mobile devices and wireless service to 1 million high school students from low-income homes for as long as four years.

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The homework gap puts low-income students at a disadvantage as they don't have internet access at home that's required for completing homework and keeping in touch with teachers, applying for jobs, colleges, and scholarships.

"Education is the foundation for our society to prosper, and the internet is an incredibly powerful tool for learning". According to the Pew Research Center, 5 million families with school-age children in the USA don't have access to high-speed internet. Unlimited data at 2G speeds will be offered beyond the high-speed limit, Sprint said. "That's exactly what we're doing with the one million project".

To kick-start an initiative to fix this "Homework Gap", Sprint is working with non-profits like EveryoneOn and My Brother's Keeper Alliance to partner with local community organizations, such as schools, libraries, and other local non-profits.

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"We're doing this because we want to help the students but we also believe that this initiative is going to help our country", Claure said on a call with reporters on Tuesday.

This is where Sprint comes in. "All of us at Sprint are committed to changing this by providing 1 million students in need with free devices and free wireless connections".

Beginning in January 2017, the program will be tested in seven to 10 markets before a nationwide rollout that'll take place at the start of the 2017 school year.

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