sprints cdma network was ranked 2nd behind verizon (only by 2% pts) for reliability. Its ranked #1 in value, data (best 3g and years ahead with 4g). Sprint built its network from the ground up & with its free roaming capabilities it has the largest calling area. Now nextel does not have roaming and it doesnt have the data; however for emergencys (ptt, DC walkie talkie) nobody can compete.. if your lofe was on the line and you had a verizon ptt & a Nextel ptt, which one would you choose? NEXTEL.