Top message: Thinking out loud by cellphonesaretools
Replying to: ????? by gloopey1
How do you figure that Sprint is "cannibalizing" Nextel?
Simple. Sprint is taking much of the existing iDEN bandwidth and converting it to CDMA channels. Given the massive customer exodus from Nextel, it makes sense to do that now, but the fact of the matter is, much of the 850 MHz bandwidth that was formerly iDEN is now being used for Sprint's other networks. That type of action is frequently (and accurately) referred to as "cannibalization".
Although you might argue that Nextel alone would've done it better, it still was going to happen.
Agreed, Nextel would have done it far, far better than Sprint has done it. Eventually Nextel would have either migrated entirely to CDMA or Flarion, or they might have moved all voice & data to CDMA or Flarion and kept some of the original iDEN equipment & channels intact just for the PTT calls. We'll never know for sure now which technologies Nextel would have adopted, but the two things that are certain is that [a] Nextel would have done it better (IMO) than Sprint and [b] Nextel was laready ahead of the curve, with regional testing for network technology upgrades already happening as early as 2003-2004 time frame.
Nextel never had a single year that their customer service or network tied with Verizon, yet Sprint has managed to accomplish this.
Both statements within that one sentence are absolutely flase statements. You are so incredibly wrong, so unfamiliar with the original Nextel history and so wrong about the current stats for Sprint, it is astonishing. Google all of the US wireless industry's quarterly & annual reports for, say, 2002-present and you'll discover that before Sprint bought Nextel, Nextel and Verizon were usually neck-and-neck, both tied for first place in most of the customer-satisfaction type measures. At the same time, Nextel had by far higher ARPU and ARPE than did Verizon, and Nextel at that time was winning multiple awards annually, for example being one of the best places to work in IT in the US, was winning the majority of the US , state & county government contracts, etc etc etc.
Nobody on either forum gets your point of view--maybe jrdsf?.
So let me get this straight: Now you claim to know what everyone else in these forums is thinking so you can speak for them. Very impressive! Knowing that is the case now, I can see it is useless to try to help you understand Nextel's history accurately.
What do you base your opinions on other than your own personal experience & maybe your peers?
Well, yes, I think in general it is best to base one's opinions chiefly on one's own personal experience, combined with doing enough proper research to know one is expressing statements based on verifiable facts, and stirring in a smattering of feedback from one's peers & colleagues recounting their own experiences to round out the "knowledge base" on a given topic. Sure, I'll cop to that, and thank you for the compliment. I think most thinking, diligent, honest people would be happy to be accused of forming their opinions and making their statements that way, rather than simply spewing fanboi fantasy rhetoric and attempting to pass it off for facts, like the typical Nextel-hating Sprint fanboys do.
- Re: ????? by gloopey1