Top message: Nexus S by 5tr0uble5
Replying to: Re: I can tell you what would've happened... by cellphonesaretools
Re: I can tell you what would've happened...
RE: "...Nextel would have ceased to exist within just a few years--due to their overloaded network."
Sorry, gloopey1, you are so wrong it is laughable.
(1) Nextel already was underway in preparing for conversion from iDEN to CDMA to increase network capacity for voice calls.
BUT, WHAT NEXTEL DID INSTEAD WAS SELL THEIR COMPANY TO SPRINT.
(2) Nextel was already in regional trials with several of their large corporate customers testing Flarion for their high-speed, high-bandwidth data network. That was YEARS before Sprint or VZ or ATT were anywhere close to trials...in fact, the other big carriers were just beginning to THINK about high-speed data networks when NEXTEL ALREADY HAD THEIR NETWORK OPERATIONAL IN REAL-WORLD TRIALS. BTW, the current WiMax technology is a close relative to the Flarion technology that Nextel had up and running in the Research Triangle area.
A TECHNOLOGY THAT YOU ARE FREQUENTLY CRITICAL OF. NEXT POINT...
Yes, Nextel's iDEN network was suffering greatly during re-banding, but Nextel was clearly years ahead of the competition in moving ahead to address all of their network issues and to leapfrog everyone else with high-speed, high-bandwidth data capability, alongside of their already bulletproof PTT system.
YOU HAVE FREQUENTLY CRITICIZED SPRINT AND OTHER COMPANIES HERE FOR DEVELOPING THEIR SYSTEMS BECAUSE YOU SAID SUCH TECHNOLOGY IS FOR "TEENY BOPPERS." NOW THAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT WHAT NEXTEL MIGHT HAVE DONE, IT SUDDENLY IS BREAKTHROUGH THINKING.
Then Sprint bought Nextel and tossed everything out the window. All the plans & trials that Nextel already had underway which would have leapfrogged every other carrier in the US, were axed, and it took at least five years for the rest of them to catch up to where Nextel was when Sprint killed it.
KILLED NEXTEL? ARE YOU EVEN REMOTELY SERIOUS? SPRINT HAS LITERALLY POURED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO NEXTEL TRYING TO SALVAGE IT. DO YOU KNOW WHAT REALLY KILLED NEXTEL? THEIR CRAPPY COVERAGE, SLOW DATA AND SLOW, UNRELIABLE TEXTING. NEXTEL PTT IS A CLOSED SYSTEM AND WAS DESTINED TO FAIL. WHO WANTS A GIMMICK THAT ONLY A SMALL HANDFUL OF PEOPLE THAT YOU KNOW EVEN USE? NEXTEL SCREWED THEMSELVES OVER WHEN THEY OPENED UP THEIR NETWORK TO BOOST MOBILE USERS. WHEN THEY DID THAT, THEY FELL INTO THE SAME PREDICAMENT AT&T DID WITH THE iPHONE.
NEXTEL IS OK FOR BUSINESSES THAT NEED THAT TYPE OF COMMUNICATION. HAD THEY LIMITED THEIR MARKET TO THAT, IT MIGHT HAVE CONTINUED WORKING FOR THEM. THEY SAW THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL AND WISELY DUMPED IT ALL IN THE LAPS OF SPRINT.
- Re: I can tell you what would've happened... by cellphonesaretools