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Top message:  I wouldn't be caught dead with these phones!! by ArmySF   Jun 24, 2008, 3:41 PM

Replying to:  Re: I wouldn't be caught dead with these phones!! by donkey_sauce   Jun 25, 2008, 3:14 PM

Re: I wouldn't be caught dead with these phones!!

by cellphonesaretools    Jun 26, 2008, 10:17 PM

donkey_sauce's experience with Nextel phones is definitely not the norm.

I've never had any problem with any Nextel handset; 3-5 years of continuous hard use is not uncommon. Look in the dictionary under the word "bulletproof" and you're likely to find Nextel as one of the definitions. At least before Sprint got hold of them....

Nextel users are looking for efficient, no-frills business communications. If you want cheap service but horrible coverage and horrible audio quality, go to T-Mobile. If you want a genuine iPhone and don't care about network speed nor about audio quality, go to ATT. If you want pink, diamond-encrusted handsets, go to Verizon. If you want to listen to music or watch TV on your phone, go to Sprint. If you want simple, robust phones that never screw up, and phenominal PTT, then go to Nextel.

Up until they drove off the cliff with Sprint, I can testify from much personal experience in 20+ of the lower 48 US states that Nextel's coverage and network quality was second only to Verizon's network. My Nextel i55sr and i560 handily beat the stuffing out of ATT, Sprint and T-Mobile in terms of coverage, audio quality, and overall reliability. Not perfect, and not quite as good as Verizon, but until the shotgun wedding with Sprint, Nextel was a very strong number two to Verizon and very desireable for no-nonsense, get-it-done communications.

So, to provide a counter-balance to "donkey_sauce's" comments, I have to say that for many years I have found that Nextel overall has been vastly more reliable for me than Sprint, T-Mobile, or ATT, in terms of handsets and network. Verizon is king of quality and clarity, but Nextel is king of PTT and simple, reliable, robust phones.

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