Sprint to give 1 million underprivileged students free wireless devices and data

Sprint to give 1 million underprivileged students free wireless devices and data

Sprint to give 1 million underprivileged students free wireless devices and data

In an announcement made on Monday, US wireless carrier Sprint said that it plans to give free wireless devices and data to one million underprivileged high-school students.

The announcement of the new initiative -- called the '1Million Project' -- was made by Sprint in association with the Sprint Foundation. Under the initiative, Sprint will give students a free handset, tablet, laptop, or hotspot, along with 3GB of LTE data each month.

Sprint said that the key objective of the '1Million project' would be to help close the 'Homework Gap' for underprivileged students who do not have Internet access at home for completing their assignments.

With the new initiative by Sprint coming at a time when the world is becoming increasingly digital-reliant, the company said that the '1Million Project' will be rolled out across the US by the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, after the completion of its pilots in some select areas.

In reference to the '1Million Project,' Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure drew attention to the fact that 5 million US households with children do not have Internet connections; and added: "Those kids have a huge disadvantage and we are failing them. All of us at Sprint are committed to changing this by providing 1 million students in need with free devices and free wireless connections."