Sprint to Kill iDEN Network June 2013, Stop iDEN Phone Sales
Replying to: Sounds like... by Jarahawk
Re: Sounds like...
...analog or TDMA all over again. Unbelievable! Somewhere out there someone is still using Betamax. Hmmm...I wonder if that Atari 7800 still works.
You're being a little ridiculous, in that your chosen examples above are not really analogous. The one and ONLY area where iDEN is not competitive is data. On all other counts that mobile phones are used for (i.e. voice & text), Nextel iDEN is at least as good as any other US carrier's offerings. And for PTT, to this day nothing is overall as good as iDEN PTT (yes, Sprint's latest CDMA PTT is equivalent in terms of connection times, but there are other aspects of PTT where Sprint Direct Connect still is not yet equal to iDEN PTT).
Nextel had far, far more vision that Sprint had (or has), and Nextel also had far more spectrum across the US than Sprint did. Google Nextel's annual reports and industry publications back in the 2002-2005 timeframe and you'll find that Nextel's vision & plans were developed well beyond those of any other US carrier at the time. Sprint's executives had neither the vision nor the capability to choose the best path, and their dismal execution of all of their major initiatives in the past ten years proves that beyond a shadow of a doubt.
iDEN is being shuttered because the legacy Sprint people wanted it that way. Other outcomes were possible for those without "Sprint tunnel vision", all of those other possible outcomes would have been far better following Nextel's original plans than it has turned out to be under the past seven years with Sprint running the show.
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