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Re: Sprint - The Most Expensive Carrier
Tuesday, 9:10 AM
in the Sprint forum

gloopey1 said: ... My company stayed with Sprint after the iDEN shutdown. I carry a Sonim Strike at work and the push-to-talk feature is way slower and less reliable than Nextel's instantaneous system was. Sprint, I think you shut down the wrong network and kept the wrong name. Your business customers were the backbone of the company, and you did away with them by making poor decisions. You might as well not have customer care reps because none of them are allowed ...

Re: management
Mar 8, 2014, 11:18 AM
in the Article: Sprint Shakes Up Network Team forum

bobc74 said: Easier said than done. They were already using the 3 top network vendors, Ericcson, Alcatel-Lucent, and Samsung. If those top companies couldn't meet Sprint's timetable, image what would have happened if they changed mid-build. They'd still probably be stuck in mid-build until 2015. Boy, did you leave yourself wide open... "They were already using the 3 top network vendors, Ericcson, Alcatel-Lucent, and Samsung." >>> And WHO, do you think, chose to outsource all of network ...

Re: LTE getting better where you are?
Jan 31, 2014, 12:33 AM
in the Sprint forum

Jayshmay said: Is Sprint the only affordable option where you live? No, we have excellent coverage by VZ, slightly less by AT&T, then T-Mo and Sprint are roughly tied for last. Both S & T have noticeably poorer coverage than the two biggies, and as I've said before, Sprint's data speeds are very poor here (no LTE at all, and 3G ekes out 0.5 Mbps on a good day, more typically it runs 0.2 Mbps). When they shuttered iDEN, we stuck with ...

Re: LTE getting better where you are?
Jan 23, 2014, 12:30 AM
in the Sprint forum

vercetti said: I am sure they are working on it, the project is slated to be completed on the 1.9GHZ LTE by late summer (all towers in network) this year then the 800MHZ upgrade starts....but those are not as involved as network vision now I hope so...I received a text message from Sprint last week that they will be improving the network in our area in the coming month, so I'm really hoping we get a decent set of upgrades to ...

Re: LTE getting better where you are?
Jan 22, 2014, 12:03 AM
in the Sprint forum

Not a single drop of LTE in our area of northern Los Angeles County 8O Nor did we detect any Sprint 4G in Ventura, Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo counties a month or so ago. :o SUre glad we got that unlimited data plan :oops:

Re: Who do I need to call...
Jan 8, 2014, 12:35 AM
in the Sprint forum

I reported the original post to the moderator a couple of days ago, because it seems like it's either phishing or a solicitation to a class-action lawsuit or something. Given that the post is still up, I guess either the moderators judged it to be a legitimate post, or perhaps they are too busy with CES-2014 to do anything about it.

Re: I saw this coming
Jan 3, 2014, 1:20 PM
in the Sprint forum

gloopey1 said: Didn't take Softbank long to figure out Sprint's branding issues. Sprint tanked in Consumer Reports latest poll while their MVNOs fared well. Too many brand names! I agree, via all of the acquisitions they have too many brand names floating around and should tidy up a bit. It's true that pre-Sprint, Nextel had the highest proportion of business & government customers, but Nextel was synonymous with bulletproof PTT and comparatively secure transmission, not data. So I still don't get ...

"Sprint could bring back Nextel brand to lure business customers"
Jan 2, 2014, 1:17 PM
in the Sprint forum

May be hype, but if it's true this is an unexpected twist of the knife that killed Nextel: http://www.fiercewireless.com/stor y/report-sprint-could-bring-back-nextel-brand -lure-business-customers/2014-01-02

Re: Only took how many years?
Dec 11, 2013, 11:47 PM
in the Article: Sprint Says Chicago-Area Network Improved forum

vercetti said: you post is incorrect, other carriers just got LTE in those cities in last 2 years, sprint started a year ago and finishing No, YOU are wrong. Sprint began its WiMax 4G rollout 4-5 years ago, that failed, so they sold the WiMax 4G part of their business to Clearwire (along with boatloads of Nextel-owned 2.5 GHz spectrum), then Clearwire failed, and somwhere in that series of FU's, Sprint decided WiMax was a dead end and started switching their 4G ...

Sprint customer service
Nov 20, 2013, 12:24 AM
in the Sprint forum

Had to call Sprint customer service twice today, once for a billing issue, then for a minor account change. Both times I was on hold for less than 30 seconds, both CS agents were pleasant, helpful & efficient and they took care of both issues quickly. Superb service today, kudos to Sprint.

SDC prioritization (interrupt level)
Nov 7, 2013, 1:39 AM
in the Sprint forum

It seems to me that one of the problems with Sprint Direct Connect ("SDC") is that it is not given the highest interrupt priority on the handsets. I'm not stating this as fact, I'm thinking out loud while trying to figure out why SDC works very well some of the time and is horribly unreliable other times. What we have noticed is that any time our Kyocera Torques went to standby mode without first pressing the Home button, PTT calls ...

Re: Still say its stupid
Oct 21, 2013, 11:52 PM
in the Article: BBM for Android and iOS Relaunching Today forum

T Bone said: It will help in at least three ways: 1. It will prove that there is a market for Blackberry services, which will aid them in making the case to potential buyers that the Blackberry brand name still means something 2 It will help them make the transition from a hardware company to a software and services company 3 It will help convince otherwise loyal Blackberry users not to jump ship because they can still use BBM even if none of ...

Re: Multiple networks
Oct 10, 2013, 11:03 PM
in the Sprint forum

gloopey1 said: Ironically, the areas where Sprint customers are reporting vast improvement are newly activated 800 ESMR locations. LOL! Nextel is still outshining the competition and its own parent company post-mortem. Although I hated to lose Nextel/iDEN, I'm glad to hear that some folks are reaping positive benefits from iDEN's spectrum. I'm hoping that our home neighborhood eventually receives that kind of upgrade. Although the 3G CDMA data speeds have improved a bit here (from 0.050 Mb/s to around 0.150 Mb/s), Sprint ...

Re: Multiple networks
Oct 5, 2013, 3:14 PM
in the Sprint forum

vercetti said: you have your facts messed up. Sprints network is CDMA, it use to be CDMA and IDEN. Wimax and LTE are not networks, they are PCI cards in a computer and parts on a CDMA tower, you can hotswap the cards to change technology as part of their new network vision project. They have one network currently, CDMA. Think of LTE like a scope on the gun...you add it, the gun remains the same, just has an add ...

Multiple networks
Oct 2, 2013, 12:15 AM
in the Sprint forum

So up until June 30, Sprint had it's 3G for normal voice and so-so data, plus iDEN handling normal voice and the fastest, most reliable PTT on the planet. Today, Sprint has 3G for normal voice, still so-so data, so-so PTT, and it's new LTE network for fast data. Three networks total, counting WiMax. The irony is how, just a few months, ago people were constantly proclaiming that it was just not economical to field two networks of fundamentally different ...

Direct Talk battery life
Aug 8, 2013, 11:14 PM
in the Sprint forum

We've been putting our old Nextel phones to good use around the homestead via Direct Talk. It seems to me that the phones use more battery in Direct Talk mode than they did in iDEN network mode. Anyone else using Direct Talk notice less battery life compared to when they were still running on the IDEN network?

Re: Nextel iDEN circa 1996...
Aug 4, 2013, 11:43 AM
in the Sprint forum

gloopey1 said: ...Was at least as bad as, if not worse, than Sprint Direct Connect is now. When the IDEN network was first powered on, it was an abysmal failure. Many former Fleet Call customers ditched the new and improved digital system offered by Nextel to seek alternatives. What makes Sprint's system better than Nextel's is the same thing that made Nextel's better than Fleet Call, namely enhanced coverage ala roaming and push to X capabilities. When systems are initially upgraded, ...

Re: the company lost 2 million net customers during the period.
Jul 30, 2013, 11:50 PM
in the Article: Sprint Launches LTE in 41 New Markets forum

WhySoBluePandaBear said: Have you seen the network lately? It's atrocious. As to iDEN, they were thrown some of the best offers that Sprint has ever offered. 99 cent devices that normal customers pay $150+ for - as well as PLENTY of notice of iDEN shutting down and Sprint Direct Connect being the lateral move. So for Sprint to lose 2 million customers the moment they flipped the switch is HIGHLY unlikely. Customers were given a 1+ year and insane offers ...

Re: ARPU: Sprint's 2013 still less than Nextel's 2004
Jul 30, 2013, 11:27 PM
in the Article: Sprint Launches LTE in 41 New Markets forum

T Bone said: Overall.....it doesn't appear that Sprint is seeing much improvement.....I'm well known as not exactly being favorable to Sprint but I was really hoping that they would finally turn the corner and make a profit this quarter..... Does anyone know when was the last time Sprint posted a profit for a fiscal year? Or even a fiscal quarter? According to this article, 23 straight quarters of loss: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Sprint- reports-ugly-second-quarter-loss-streak-now-a t-23-consecutive-losing-quarters_id45878

Re: Again, limited major city launch
Jul 30, 2013, 11:20 PM
in the Article: Sprint Launches LTE in 41 New Markets forum

T Bone said: If that is his experience then it isn't 'wrong', I know that many people in my area report similar problems. If you have better experience great....remember as with all anecdotal evidence your mileage may vary... Well said.

ARPU: Sprint's 2013 still less than Nextel's 2004
Jul 30, 2013, 10:18 AM
in the Article: Sprint Launches LTE in 41 New Markets forum

I'm glad Sprint is making progress, but for a bit of perspective, Sprint's 2013-Q2 ARPU is given as $64, whereas Nextel's ARPU during 2004-Q3 was $69...that's almost NINE YEARS AGO and Sprint's current ARPU is still a whopping $5 per month per subscriber less than the original Nextel. Amazing. 2013-Q2: "Best-ever Sprint platform postpaid ARPU of $64.20 and 11th consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth." SOURCE: http://newsroom.sprint.com /news-releases/sprint-reports-second-quarter- 2013-results.htm 2009-Q3: What's the big deal about ARPU? This figure represents how much customers spend with their wireless service providers, and ...

Re: Prip (new PTT app from NII + Motorola)
Jul 24, 2013, 11:25 PM
in the Sprint forum

I think it's odd that Phonescoop has said nothing about the new carrier-agnostic PTT service by Prip, especially since Phonescoop recently posted a news blurb about C-Spire's new Kodiak-based PTT (how many C-Spire users are there?). At any rate, if any of you old Nextel users, or current Sprint Direct Connect users, are considering trying Prip for the free 30-day trial, just make SURE that each phone on which you want to install Prip has its own Google/Gmail account. At ...

Prip (new PTT app from NII + Motorola)
Jul 16, 2013, 7:30 PM
in the Sprint forum

Just curious, has anyone out there tried "Prip" yet? http://prip.me/blog/2013/07/15/the-ro ad-to-prip/ I pasted the link to the Prip "introduction" page above because it gives some background on why Prip came about and who is involved (NII & Motorola). Interestingly, Prip was apparently born in Reston, VA (the former Nextel corporate HQ). I'm looking for real-world feedback, because our Sprint Direct Connect service works so poorly where we live. The Airave Sprint gave us actually turns DC off, so we had to turn off ...

Re: Dude
Jul 3, 2013, 1:54 AM
in the Article: Sprint's iDEN Network Shuts Down Tonight forum

I do agree with several of your points in the long diatribe you posted above (timestamped 07/02/2013 at 10:06 PM), but given that you've also misinterpreted and twisted some things out or proportion, I can't let those things pass without correction: re: "All I have assigned to you is what you have said. Excuse me if it doesn't make sense." >>>Wrong, and here's the proof of that: Misinterpretation #1: ME: "Back in Nextel's heyday, most other cell-phones ...

Re: Dude
Jul 2, 2013, 11:08 PM
in the Article: Sprint's iDEN Network Shuts Down Tonight forum

dalius_maximus said: I remember when that RAZR came out; I was still in highschool. Everyone and their grandmother was getting one of those bad boys. In fact, I work for ATT now and I still see accounts that are actively using one of them. If a cellphone lasts 8+ years, that's a bad mother. Just sayin. And I remember everywhere you went, malls, thrift shops, everywhere you saw cases of every style for them. I'd like to see the ...

Re: Dude
Jul 2, 2013, 9:09 AM
in the Article: Sprint's iDEN Network Shuts Down Tonight forum

Zpike said: Dude,you can use the phone finder on this site to look at phones from the time if you like. You'll find that speaker phones were very common. In fact, one of the most common phones of that era was the RAZR and it had a full-duplex speaker phone. The fact that none of your friends were smart enough to purchase a phone with a speakerphone doesn't change anything. To suggest that cellphone manufacturers borrowed the idea of a ...

Re: Farwell Beep Beep
Jul 1, 2013, 1:03 AM
in the Article: Sprint's iDEN Network Shuts Down Tonight forum

Zpike said: Actually, a speakerphone was a common feature on non-PTT phones in Nextel's time. Speaker phones where common features on wire-line phones long before cell phones, and were common features used by most people. Cellphone manufacturers had no problems including the already accepted technology on candybar, clamshell, and slider devices. Yes, speakerphones were common on landlines at the time, but not common on most cellphones in the early 2000s (which was Nextel's heyday). I had plenty of friends & relatives ...

Re: Farwell Beep Beep
Jun 30, 2013, 1:57 PM
in the Article: Sprint's iDEN Network Shuts Down Tonight forum

MadFatMan said: I am so glad that the days of listening to people beeping in walmart at full volume has come to a close gloopey1 said: ... Seriously, where are the complaints from these same people about traditional two-way Radios, which are just as loud and have constant chatter going on all the time? Just about every big store uses them, and none have privacy features. There is no doubt that when Nextel had 16,000,000 customers and Boost had another 3,000,000, there were ...

Re: Good & bad
Jun 30, 2013, 1:39 PM
in the Article: Sprint's iDEN Network Shuts Down Tonight forum

TheNexxuvas said: SDC is not an app, mr AT&T employee, how very uniformed you are. SDC is used via DC button just like older Nextel handsets, except over LTE, EVDO, and 1x via a different service than Qchat. Call it Enhanced Qchat or Qchat 2.0 or whatever you want, but Qchat is not what is being used. The Torque is currently using EVDO and 1x, but will get a MR to work on LTE for SDC pretty shortly. There is ...

In honor of Nextel & iDEN
Jun 30, 2013, 9:37 AM
in the Nextel forum

Well, it's the morning of June 30, 2013 and there is now no iDEN signal where I am in northwestern part of Los Angeles County, CA. My hat is off to all of the people of Nextel & Motorola who built & operated the phenomenal iDEN network and it's stellar PTT & voice systems. Thank you for everything you did.

NextMail re-launched as pdvConnect
Jun 28, 2013, 12:07 AM
in the Sprint forum

As I've posted before, as a NextMail user since 2003/2004 or so, I find it a very productive tool. As part of the shutdown of Nextel, Sprint & PDV (Pacific DataVision) have re-branded the former NextMail service as "pdvConnect" (which is also available with AT&T's PTT now). http://www.4-traders.com/SPRINT-NEXT EL-CORPORATION-12643/news/Sprint-Nextel-Corpo ration-pdvConnect-and-Sprint-Help-Businesses- Manage-Mobile-Workforces-17053618/ Note that pdvConnect is not limited to PTT phones, it is just as easily & productively used with non-PTT phones by installing the pdvConnect ("NextMail") app. I've used the Android version, and it ...

Re: No PTT?
Jun 26, 2013, 11:46 PM
in the Article: Verizon Scores the Casio G'zOne Commando 4G LTE forum

Rich Brome said: It does have a large "tactile key" on the left, below the volume rocker. It's a shortcut to the app of your choice; the default is the Glove Mode app. It looks like a PTT key, although I'm not sure the phone supports that service at the moment. Thanks for the reply. In the original article with the photo at an angle to the left side, I could not make out any keys at all along the left side, ...

No PTT?
Jun 25, 2013, 11:52 PM
in the Article: Verizon Scores the Casio G'zOne Commando 4G LTE forum

I guess the fact that this new model appears to have no PTT button says a lot about Verizon's intentions WRT PTT service.

Re: Boise ID needing to switch from VZW
Jun 24, 2013, 11:56 PM
in the Sprint forum

ondisplay said: So... I'm not thrilled about it but I believe I am going to have to leave VZW after 8 years. Like a lot of people I find myself in a situation where I need a new phone but do not want to give up my unlimited data or pay full retail. Anyway, I have heard pretty good things about Sprint in this area and was hoping I could get some feedback. Is the data truly unlimited or is it throttled? ...

Re: Premium
Jun 21, 2013, 1:19 AM
in the Article: Sprint Raises Clearwire Offer to $5 Per Share forum

brobert11 said: That's a pretty penny over their initial purchase offer for Clear... Sprint needed Clearwire's spectrum holdings sorely. Step 1: Pay a ridiculous premium for Nextel, chiefly to obtain the Nextel spectrum holdings. Step2: Give most of that spectrum away to Clearwire for pennies on the dollar, THEN keep shoveling cash to Clearwire to keep them afloat. Step 3: Pay a premium to buy back the spectrum from Clearwire that you already paid the Nextel premium for in the first place. I'd hate ...

Re: REALLY
Jun 12, 2013, 11:21 PM
in the Article: Sprint and SoftBank Tweak Deal; Sprint Disses Dish forum

carmodboy99 said: I guess to an extent I might be jaded... I've watched the company make the same moves with the same formula over and over again to no avail. First in 4G? was there a reason to head down that dead end? Only buying 56% of clearwire just to shovel cash at them at every turn, the justification at the time was "limited liability" in case Xohm failed.. um, yea. so when the ...

Re: Soap opera.
Jun 12, 2013, 11:07 PM
in the Article: Sprint and SoftBank Tweak Deal; Sprint Disses Dish forum

KOL4420 said: We will see. I do see that being the case if it is a Dish purchase not from Softbank. Softbank being already a very successful telecommunication company would definitely want Vision Network completed before they see any profit from Sprint I am sure they are not idiots. I wasn't thinking that Softbank are idiots...

Re: Reply_4
Jun 12, 2013, 11:05 PM
in the Sprint forum

jrfdsf said: I think the lack of a dedicated PTT button would be annoying. A deal breaker for me. I agree, the dedicated PTT button makes all the difference in the world to a DC user. That said, I'm still very disappointed that Sprint & Kyocera have so far failed to heed customer complaints that all of the Kyocera models for PTT have such a wimpy, and thus problematic, PTT button. The very first "Dura___" phones received complaints from reviewers & users ...

Re: So.....
Jun 12, 2013, 12:05 AM
in the Article: Sprint Puts Admiral On Board to Oversee Security forum

I think it is not just the Softbank deal, recall that a short time ago the US Gov't was looking into those two Chinese companies supplying the switch gear for Sprint's Network Vision upgrades. I think the combination of those two potentially threatening security issues prompted Sprint to add the admiral to the board, to placate the hard-core foot-draggers in Congress so as to help speed through the approval process whichever deal Sprint takes WRT being acquired/controlled by Dish/Softbank.

Re: Soap opera.
Jun 11, 2013, 11:58 PM
in the Article: Sprint and SoftBank Tweak Deal; Sprint Disses Dish forum

KOL4420 said: ...Cant wait for the ball to get rolling on this though. Problem # 1 is, Sprint has always had trouble executing network upgrades, and NV (Network Vision) is the mother of all network upgrades. Don't get me wrong, I hope Sprint is able, for once, to properly finish a network upgrade and actually improve things, but given their operational performance in the past ten years or so, I'm not holding my breath. Problem # 2 is that the whole Softbank/Dish thing ...

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