ESPN to launch MVNO through Sprint Nextel

ESPN is teaming up with Sprint Nextel to launch an MVNO marketed toward sports fans. The Mobile ESPN service will provide score alerts, breaking news, commentary and some audio and videoclips. The companies expect the service to launch before the holiday season on a limited basis, followed by a national launch early next year. ESPN's wireless service will only work with Sanyo Electric's MPV phone.

ESPN joins Virgin and Disney as Sprint Nextel's list of MVNO partners grows. The carrier believes the agreements help the company target potential subscribers who have not signed up for Sprint Nextel's service directly. Sprint Nextel is building a high-speed wireless network that it claims will cover half the US population by early next year.

For more on the ESPN, Sprint Nextel partnership:
- take a look at this article from News1

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