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Potential Bidders for Sprint's iDEN Network Emerge

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Oct 3, 2008, 8:21 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Latin American carrier NII Holdings Inc. and several private equity firms have indicated that they are interested in purchasing Sprint's iDEN network. Sprint recently said it was exploring options for a sale.

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bluecoyote

Oct 3, 2008, 12:46 PM

The new carrier name once NII buys the iDen network..

Taco Bell.
OMFG! That actually made me laugh. Good one!
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This isn't funny at all. I actually find it offensive
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Friggin Hilarious!! 不 不
I've been calling it MEXtel for a while in my store since it's mostly mexicans that buy a nextel phone in my market.
durkadurkha

Oct 3, 2008, 3:33 PM

Phones for illegals!

this would be wonderful! a cellphone company that opperates only in spanish/ portugese. normal carriers would save money because they wouldn't have to pay for a whole department that takes care of America's slave labor.

I bet this company will be part of the NEXT bailout!
Bwahahahahahaha! Funny but true. 不
So says the man who's profile description declares a jihad on us.
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No, actually it would probably flourish and do quite well. Here in Texas many businesses are doing quite well because they have started to cater more business toward latin americans (illegal/legal/whatever) and it has increased their bottom line sign...
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Jonathanlc2005

Oct 4, 2008, 1:37 PM

NEXTEL=MEXTEL

if its bought up then i guess nextel will become mextel... mexican telephone. hahahahaha 不
JeffdaBeat

Oct 3, 2008, 11:39 AM

Thank GOD!

Let me preface this with the usual. I enjoy Sprint and I work for the company.

I honestly think selling off the iDEN network is probably the best thing for the company. Yes, it has the best PTT around. Yes, the network is still a great one. But everyone knows that Sprint is bleeding mostly from the iDEN network because people want all the media features that every other cellular company, including Sprint, offers. Yes, PTT is still used by a lot of people and workers, but how much of the iDEN network do those people account for?

I wish that consumers could see how much work has finally been going on in Sprint...but all that work has been going to two different networks. If that work could be devoted to the Network that is capable of mo...
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JeffdaBeat said:
Let me preface this with the usual. I enjoy Sprint and I work for the company.

I honestly think selling off the iDEN network is probably the best thing for the company. Yes, it has the best PTT around. Yes, the
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sunshinegirl

Oct 3, 2008, 9:25 AM

2 dollars

going once, going twice? Sold. 不
She cops an attitude that makes me soil my diapers! 不
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htemboy78

Oct 3, 2008, 3:38 PM

Makes Sense...

Since NII Holdings Inc already owns NEXTEL South America and Mexico
Slammer

Oct 3, 2008, 8:54 AM

Very Sad..

As a huge fan of both companies, this leaves me with an oxymoron of opinions. This could work if they sold the products as two separate divisions as companies not related to the wireless industry do. But with how fast the industry is growing, this is would be an eggshell walk. If sold, lets hope the new holder will revitalize Nextel's unmatched Direct connect. If not sold, lets hope that Sprint can get their crap together and treat it as two different entities. That's the only way it will work.
Sorry Slammer, Sprint is going in the exact opposite direction when it comes to marketing Sprint and Nextel.

I don't know if you've seen any of the qchat handsets, but they have nothing to do with iDEN at all, yet they are branded as Nextel.

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Whats really sad is that they started out as the same company. NII used to be a part of Sprint, acquired in the Nextel deal (which really made nextel worth the $35B, service throughout the Americas) then Sprint sold to Latin American investors retain...
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