OVERLAND PARK, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sprint (NYSE:S) and Niantic Inc., publisher and developer of Pokémon GO
in partnership with The Pokémon Company International, are collaborating
to create a special Pokémon GO experience in more than 10,500 Sprint,
Boost Mobile and Sprint at RadioShack locations
across the United States.
Beginning Dec. 12, just as The Pokémon Company International and Niantic
reveal details about new Pokémon coming to the game, Trainers can visit
select Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at RadioShack stores and engage
with the hugely popular location-based game.
For Pokémon GO players, this means:
Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at RadioShack stores become a
destination to collect in-game items, including Poké Balls and Eggs,
to help them advance in the game.
Players will have a go-to location where they can take Pokémon into
battle against other Pokémon at Sprint-sponsored Gyms.
Players can go to Sprint, Boost and Sprint at RadioShack locations to
recharge their phones.
“This collaboration with Pokémon GO brings together two innovative,
groundbreaking and creative brands that will offer Trainers greater
accessibility and destinations to advance their game,” said Marcelo
Claure, Sprint CEO. “Pokémon GO is one of the most popular mobile games
in history, and now players will be able to visit Sprint, Boost Mobile
and Sprint at RadioShack stores to collect Poké Balls, Potions, Eggs and
Razz Berries to make them a top Pokémon GO Trainer. We will also provide
charging stations in stores so Trainers never have to worry about losing
“We’re excited to bring Sprint onboard as our first U.S. partner by
integrating Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at RadioShack stores into
Pokémon GO, providing an awesome experience to Pokémon GO Trainers,”
said John Hanke, Niantic CEO. “As Trainers go out to explore their
neighborhoods in pursuit of elusive new Pokémon, they can pop into their
nearby Sprint locations to recharge, get great value data plans, collect
in-game items, and battle with their favorite Pokémon.”
Gamers Never Have to Worry About Data Overages
What a great day for gamers! Sprint offers the best value for unlimited
data, talk and text so that customers can complete their Pokédex without
worrying about running out of data or surprise overage charges. When
customers switch at least one line to Sprint and sign up for Unlimited
Freedom with AutoPay, they get unlimited data, talk and text starting at
just $20 per month/line for a family of five until Jan. 31, 20181.
Customers will enjoy unlimited mobile optimized streaming videos, gaming
and music, and unlimited 4G LTE data for most everything else, all while
on the Sprint network. Because, who has the time to worry about data
limits when you’re tracking Pokémon?
Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more
and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about
most. Sprint served 60.2 million connections as of Sept. 30, 2016, 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; leading no-contract 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. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones
Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past five years. You
can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com
About Niantic Inc.
Niantic Inc. builds mobile real-world experiences that foster fun,
exploration, discovery and social interaction. Originally incubated
within Google, Niantic Inc., spun out in 2015, with investments from
Google, The Pokémon Company and Nintendo. The company’s immersive
real-world mobile game Ingress has been downloaded more than 20 million
times and is played in more than 200 countries and territories
worldwide. Niantic Inc., also developed and published Pokémon GO, the
real-world Pokémon game for iOS and Android mobile devices that was
downloaded more than 500 million times in its first two months. For more
information on Niantic, please visit www.nianticlabs.com.
The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company
in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for
brand management, licensing and marketing the Pokémon Trading Card Game,
the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon
website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the
most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world. For more
information, visit www.pokemon.com.
1 After Jan. 31, 2018 pay $30/mo./line for the third, fourth
and fifth lines. Mobile optimized: video streams at up to 480p+
resolution, music at up to 500kbps, streaming gaming at up to 2Mbps.
Premium resolution: video streams at up to 1080p+, music at up to
1.5MBps, gaming streams at up to 8Mbps. Data deprioritization applies
during times of congestion. All while on the Sprint Network. Requires
ebill. Pricing shown with $5/mo./line AutoPay discount applied within
two invoices. Requires new lines of service and port on one line. Other
monthly charges apply.