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Top message:  Thinking out loud by cellphonesaretools   Oct 24, 2011, 11:17 PM

Replying to:  Re: I Was Thinking the Same Thing by jrfdsf   Oct 29, 2011, 7:35 PM

Re: I Was Thinking the Same Thing

by cellphonesaretools    Oct 30, 2011, 11:44 PM

All good points, jrfdsf.

I believe that the thing that WILL shut down iDEN in 2013 as scheduled is Sprint cannibalizing the iDEN 850 MHz spectrum for Sprint CDMA and/or future LTE use. In short, the bandwidth needs of Sprint's 28 million CDMA Sprint-branded customers will win out over the 7.33 million total iDEN customers (that's Nextel + Boost + PowerSource customers all combined).

I have seen absolutely nothing so far that would indicate that Sprint gives a rodent's derriere about anyone still using Nextel/iDEN. I've been waiting & hoping for the past six years since Sprint took over Nextel, but thus far, there is nothing I've seen that makes me think Sprint will give iDEN a reprieve this time. They want to be rid of iDEN, and they want to be rid of all remaining Nextel customers, so they can skip along their merry way, without the distractions of Nextel customers reminding them of how lousy Sprint STILL is compared to the original Nextel.

I know it's coming, I'm just going to enjoy using my rock-solid i365 with rubber-ducky antenna for the amazing Nextel iDEN Direct Connect, voice-call quality and NextMail services I currently have. When they flip off the switch on the iDEN system for good, I'll be heading over to Big Red. But until then, I'm enjoying fabulous iDEN service while I still can.

PS: If Verizon was really smart, while they were going to all the trouble to build out their new LTE network, they should have put one small, genuine iDEN base station in each LTE rack across the US, preferrably Motorola's latest & greatest Harmony base station, along with one antenna module dedicated to iDEN (or software-configurable antennas). Then, at a fairly small incremental cost to the massively expensive LTE system buildout cost, they could have kept the main salient features of iDEN (speed of connection, and bypassing of the PSTN), and I'm guessing that within two quarters at most, all 7.33 million remaining iDEN customers would leave Sprint & head over to VZ. Really, with all VZ just put into building out their new LTE network, they could have snuck in a bit of iDEN with it, (with the massive high-speed high-bandwidth backhaul capacity and fiber interconnects they might even slightly reduce the average DC connect times compared to Nextel), and if demand warranted it in the future, increased iDEN capacity as they went along using configurable antennas. If demand never grew beyond the remaining 7 million Nextel customers who would be only too glad to switch to VZ if it meant keeping genuine iDEN performance, that's still an additional 7 million customers VZ would not otherwise have gotten. Too bad the folks at Verizon so despise anything & everything Nextel - it would have been nice for everyone if they could have done it...

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