Report: Sprint In Talks to Sell iDEN Network
Top message: What a bunch of cellular fluzies.......... by psycho dramatic7
Replying to: Re: P.S. by jrfdsf
Not that it's PTT related, but I have always appreciated that Nextel gives the user genuine, usable GPS in the phone. Most of the other carriers are YEARS behind the true GPS capabilities of Nextel.
Motorola also has additional capability developed a few years ago for iDEN that includes PTT Smart Messages, which allows you to PTT canned text messages that come with the phone, as well as allowing the user to compose their own short messages. Now THAT would be an extremely efficient, unobtrusive way to enhance the already superb capabilities of Nextel DC. Why Nextel didn't bother to implement PTT Smart Messages is beyond me; it would have been a good enhancement and yet another strong differentiator.
I have found that with my NextMail service, the audio messages I speak arrive at the recipient's email inbox in 5-15 seconds, and their text replies get back to my phone in 5-15 seconds after they click the Send button with their mnouse. At least as far as NextMail goes, ther is no significant lag in the text messaging like I hear regular texters complaining about; I suppose it has to do with the fact NextMail goes out over the PTT system? Anyway, NextMail is a GREAT service and so far no other carrier has anything quite like it.
And, really, it isn't jJUST the Direct Connect capability that was Nextel's only advantage. Their customer service and customer satisfaction and operational efficiency were the absolute best in the US until Sprint dragged Nextel down to gutter level like Sprint has always been. Nextel itself was all about business, and they catered to the Get It Done business customer. No monkey-motion CS like Sprint has, no pink, fluffy, music-playing, TV-playing phones. The whole Nextel persona was different, and it attracted a loyal following. It was NOT simply the PTT capability, it was the whole picture of what Nextel offered and the way they did business.
Truly, their tag line "NEXTEL. Done.|" spoke volumes about how Nextel did business. And I, for one, for one miss it.
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