Proof positive to what I said when they announced the shut down. you have a bout a million that jumped ship after they made than announcement, some to Sprint CDMA, some to other providers I imagine, and now theyre left with 8 MILLION DIE HARD iDEN SUBCRIBERS. They stand to lose more than a couple of those 8 million iDEN subs (I said 5, I was wrong) to whoever can provide that solution for them in Sprint's absence, namely SouthernLinc in some small capacity as they expand their network... SouthernLINC operating on an iDEN network will be the only one in the country thats still compatible with the Nextel Holdings in all of central and south Americas and Asia... Sprint is being very short sighted in just worrying about a nationwide solution to a technology that allows worldwide (the Americas and southern Asia) inexpensive communication in under a second. They have not answered the question of whether their 4g PTT solution will be compatible, and I would love to be wrong, but their last attempt at a solution was anything but all inclusive.
With 8 million subs, Nextel is not dead, but its slaughter in 2013 WILL have an impact.