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Sprint Launches CDMA iDEN Hybrid Handset

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Nov 13, 2006, 2:23 PM   by (staff)

Nextel today launched the ic502, the company's first phone to merge iDEN and CDMA networks. The ic502 is a ruggedized clamshell with an external antenna. The ic502 features an external 2-line monochrome display and an internal color screen as well as speakerphone. It's most noteworthy feature is one that cannot be seen. The ic502 uses the iDEN network for walkie talkie functions and the CDMA network for voice calls and data, although data is limited to 1xRTT. However 1xRTT data is faster the WiDEN's maximum data speeds. The ic502 will initially be available through Nextel in limited markets including Boston, Miami, New York City, San Diego, Washington DC and additional smaller metro areas.

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Nov 13, 2006, 3:38 PM

More markets and Price points. (From the Article)

"Sprint will initially roll out the hybrid service and ic502 phone in Baltimore, Boston, Central and Southern Jersey, Delaware, East Michigan, Jacksonville, LA Metro, Long Island, Miami/West Palm, New York City, Northern and Southern Connecticut, Northern Jersey, Orange County, Orlando, Philadelphia Metro, Providence, Riverside/San Bernardino, San Diego, Southwest Florida, Tampa, Toledo, and Washington DC. Other markets will come in 2007. The phones will work nationwide, of course; you just won't be able to buy them everywhere. Service plans will look like existing Nextel plans, with new $5-per-month unlimited Sprint mobile-to-mobile and $15-per-month Sprint Vision optional add-ons."
Nextel18! I have a Sprint family plan, can I have one of the lines on the family plan with a hybrid phone?

Nov 14, 2006, 9:38 AM

Temporary Fix for A Bigger Problem

Sprint thinks that introducing a Hybrid device will fix all of their problems? Not so fast.. You can't put a band-aid on a Heart Attack!
The problem is that former Nextel Subs. are jumping ship in droves. Just look at the numbers from last quarter. No one at Sprint is happy with how things are post merger. Their employees are not getting the direction and support they need from top management. You've got Srint execs. down to the DM level, and Nextel execs down to the DM level vying for power. Start offering "real" solutions. Nextel knew a long time ago that they couldn't ride iDen forever. It's a technology of the past. Sprint just made a bad investment and their numbers show it.
It takes time for mergers to be successful, but there are things in the work to make the customers choose what devices they want starting with the dual mode devices, to the joint venture devices and to Qchat.

It was a great investment for Sprint b...
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