Sprint launches the 1 million educational project in 11 markets
The 1 Million Project pilot program officially launched with device distribution and activation for 250 high school students in Dallas, TX last week and another 250 students in Park Forest, IL.
In the coming weeks, high schools and other pilot participants in 11 markets across the country will host activation fairs. As part of the pilot, which runs through June, over 4,000 students will receive either a free smartphone, tablet, or hotspot device or 3GB of high-speed LTE data per month.
Unlimited data is available at 2G speeds if usage exceeds 3GB in a month. Those who receive a smartphone can use it as a hotspot and for unlimited domestic calls and texts. All unlimited features are while on the Sprint network.
The multiyear initiative from Sprint and the Sprint Foundation will help give free mobile devices and free high-speed wireless Internet connectivity to 1 million disadvantaged U.S. high school students over five years.
The 1 Million Project is the largest corporate initiative in U.S. history to help bridge the digital divide for the 5 million American families with school-aged children who do not have broadband access at home, primarily because they can’t afford it.
These students are struggling to complete their homework and are falling behind in school. Sprint will offer free wireless service and is working with manufacturers to provide a portion of the new devices needed for eligible high school students in the program.
Donations to the Sprint Foundation will support the program by purchasing additional devices, providing educational resources, administering the program and funding program training.