Sprint CEO: iDEN Network to Be Shuttered
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I DONT GET IT...
Why couldn't they do the same in the States? Why did they leave the service get soooo outdated and slow? Does Sprint even own Nextel International Services?
I'm using Cricket right now because I work in San Diego and it's cheap, but we have a Boost Mobile that we use to talk to my wife's family in Peru from Cali and Baja California (we live in Tijuana) and it rocks. I'll be sad when that no longer exists, I'll probably have t...
It's simply because Sprint bought Nextel just to take over the spectrum that Nextel owned.
Sprint employees nearly all hate Nextel, so they not only do not promote it, they actively try to make it go...
true customer numbers via yahoo finance
26.6 million cdma
6.1 million iden
11.6 million prepaid (7.1 cdma, 4.5 million iden)
4.1 wholesale and affliates CDMA
33+ million on T-Mobile
If they didn't consider Nextel the "same" network T-Mobile would claim the #3 title.
In fairness to Nextel, they made the phones extremely easy to switch into "quiet mode" using the Smart Key right there on top ...
there is nothing really wrong with iDEN
but I am not surprised to see this happening. they didn't bother to train me on iDEN devices when I came here last December and the few reps that do handle those phones aren't exactly dealing with high call volume.
What happened to all the iDen Fan boyz?
What ever happened to all the die hard fan boyz n girlz?
Just gave up like the CEO did on your tech?
That's pretty much it. It's been like trying to hold back the ocean with a teaspoon, and I guess all the Nextel fans are just plain tired out.
Thank you, Sprint!
This will save both customers and employees a lot of hassle, and will bring improvement to Sprint's overall scores now that they will be judged based on the far superior (compared to iDEN) CDMA network.
Good move, Sprint.
I will be one of the few to miss iden when its gone.
erfect, yes even sprint isn't. I personally believe Nextel iden could have been updgraded but now they are just going to pull the plug. Especially now I'm seeing a small light with its first android phone. Oh well long live iden or I'll just say r.i.p.
Am I the only one?
About effing time...
But hey, at least they get the picture now. iDEN had no real future...
when that first came out it was great but not its just "in the way".
there may be a little more use for that in the future but not much..Dan in stuck on WIMAX tho.
I think plan "B" has something to do with T-Mobile
Very Good News!
I loved PTT, but traveling over to the CDMA side, brought far too many more advantages to Today's needs.
Those that moved on from Nextel without trying Sprint's CDMA network lost out on what I believe is a great experience.
I have faith Sprint will use the 800Mhz spectrum very wisely to accommodate their subscribers and any new subscribers.
Death to iDEN!!!!