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Sprint Has Closed 9,600 iDEN Towers

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Some of Us Will Miss iDEN


Jul 29, 2012, 9:26 PM
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?

Jul 29, 2012, 9:38 PM
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 service, they're merely switching it over to CDMA...A network with 3X the coverage.

You ask why not stick with IDEN? A better question to ask is why have a unique product? The problem with unique products is the whole compatibility issue. Who is the average Joe going to talk to on DC other than family members? Outside the workplace, DC is even less worthwhile than Blackberry messenger.

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