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Sprint Has Closed 9,600 iDEN Towers

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Aug 3, 2012, 7:37 AM

NexTel was Doomed ...

... the moment they merged with Sprint. Now, all those iDEN phones will have to be replaced over the coming months. I can see a lot of those users jumping to other carriers like Verizon now that Verizon has Push-to-Talk technology.

Jul 26, 2012, 7:47 PM

If it only went the other way

If it only went the other way! If Nextel took over Sprint and put more money into the IDen system. 95% of my co-workers & friends used Nextel's 2-way most everyday. Worked great 99% of the time and worked great on 9/11. I feel all of myFriends & co-works would have their Nextel today. But once Sprint took over Nextel service went down the tubes. Now only 2 of my friends and co-workers have Sprint/Nextel phones and are about ready to switch to Verizon, of course pay a little more each month and almost no dead spots.
So the fact that iden was a dead end tech with no evolutionary path means nothing to you?
What would the world be like if Sprint had not bought Nextel? Nextel would have gone bankrupt and maybe Sprint would have been a much stronger company. They would not have been sued by all those affiliates. Maybe they would have had the good sens...

Jul 29, 2012, 9:26 PM

Some of Us Will Miss iDEN

I for one will. Sad

Really Sprint, did America need yet another CDMA network? IDEN offered the consumer something totally different. A pairing of Nextel and Flarion 4G would have stood out as unique.

Some on this forum have labeled IDEN as a failing technology--really? The last few disasters we have experienced in this country only prove the superiority of this system. Nextel worked when nothing else did.

The Nextel forum is all but dead--only a few faithfuls frequent it anymore. I also understand that about half of the IDEN subscriber base is leaving with the transition. Why would any company make a move that would cause millions of loyal, high-end customers to seek service elsewhere?
The reason some folks have labeled Nextel as a failing technology is because it is. Nobody outside of the workplace uses PTT anymore...everyone texts. Ever tried texting on a Nextel? It's no fun at all.

Besides, Sprint isn't getting rid of the serv...
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