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Is Sprint making wireless better?

storm99

Jul 24, 2004, 11:19 PM
What is everyone's thoughts about if Sprint is leading other carriers in their claims of having the most advanced network? It's true that the all-PCS coverage does lack in some areas and it seems like a lot of people differ in opinions about "all-digital."
Putting coverage availability and all-digital claims aside, it seems like Sprint has easily led all carriers in the having the best phones, take Sanyo for example, it's only available for Sprint and makes quite impressive phones. But a big question is whether Sprint has great phones AND a great network OR if it is just about the phones themselves.
Can Sprint customers truly say there is clarity you can see and hear?
Thanks for the input about the free and clear plans on the thread that ...
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dsmith5237

Jul 25, 2004, 1:36 AM
I've been with Sprint for a year and a half, and I've worked for them for four months, so I've seen both the consumer and employee side of the company. Before Sprint, I had Suncom(later bought by AT&T), then Sprint. Suncom had horrible coverage and signal/call quality. Cingular had decent call quality, but no signal strength in my house or most of the areas that I needed it. That's probably improved since I left as they now have a huge coverage area. When I needed to replace my phone, Cingular's phones lacked horribly in quality. They also wanted $400 for a web capable phone with a color screen that was not near as good as the Sanyo 4900 that was half that price.

In terms of the quality of phones, Sprint wins hand down. In terms ...
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phonepimp3376

Jul 25, 2004, 8:13 AM
I'll give you that Sprint has some cool phones, but I have to ask a silly question... WHAT ANALOG CARRIERS?

I seriously hope you aren't claiming Cingular and Verizon are ANALOG.

As for digital coverage, the largest all digital network would be Cingular's GSM network. Voice clarity was also awarded to Cingular, the "truest sound in wireless". GSM holds that distinction.

How do you figure you have the technological edge? Cingular has EDGE deployed over 2/3 of its network, VZW has EV-DO in a couple of markets, Sprint just postponed EV-DV and went to EV-DO, which I haven't heard they have up anywhere yet. CDMA has better call capacity, but technologically superior? Where? Cingular is in testing of UMTS/HSDPA, with max data speeds of 14....
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storm99

Jul 25, 2004, 9:04 AM
I have to agree with the good quality of phones that Sprint carries. But as far as technology, there will soon be a change to a WCDMA network in 2005 on AT&T, which in 2005 would be Cingular, that's what was posted on the news here on phonescoop about a month ago. So the only GSM carrier looks to be T-Mobile in the future.
The data speeds between Verizon, Cingular, and Sprint as we all know vary greatly as well as the advances toward faster speeds. Whichever people prefer as North America's technology, it looks like CDMA will win out 4 to 1 in the next few years...no matter which carrier you look to for the latest technology.
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phonepimp3376

Jul 25, 2004, 9:31 AM
Obviously you don't understand technology. WCDMA is the next evolution of GSM... it combines the GSM MAP core with a CDMA air interface. Otherwise known as UMTS, it is GSM product, not a CDMA product. Unlike CDMA which can only use Qualcomm chips due to licensing, The GSM version will allow more than one manufacturer to build chips without paying cash to Qualcomm.

Facts folks, facts.
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lilgabe1

Jul 25, 2004, 11:20 AM
Does anyone know Sprints second quarter results? I hear they did well.
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stevelvl

Jul 25, 2004, 3:55 PM
phonepimp get your info strait qualicom does not own sole rights to cdma. both Motorola and nokia make there worn cdma chips. it just happens that qualicam has the best chips.

and as for gsm and WCDMA WCDMA is no more a spin off of gsm then cdma was off of amps there is no comparison. the reason you think wcdma is a spin off of gsm is because WCDMA is mostly being picked up by gsm carriers (because EDGE is not quite all they thought it would be) the biggest reason the carriers in north America went with gsm is because it WAS the global standard. with the rest of the world SWITCHING to WCDMA it only makes since for them to switch also. GSM is strictly a protocol just as CDMA is Strictly a protocol and so is WCDMA yes it has similarities w...
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phonepimp3376

Jul 25, 2004, 4:06 PM
Check out the TRUTH about WCDMA at http://www.gsmworld.com

Nokia and Motorola pay licensing to Qualcomm to produce CDMA chips. Qualcomm INVENTED CDMA, and anyone using the CLOSED standard pays licensing to Qualcomm, like people license Windows from Microsoft.

GSM is an OPEN standard, which means anyone with a mind to can improve upon it. Think of GSM like Linux or FreeBSD.

The WCDMA air interface is not a Qualcomm development. GSM carriers will not pay licensing to Qualcomm. Since Qualcomm invented CDMA, and licenses it, then the CDMA interface as applied by GSM must be different enough that Qualcomm cannot claim copyright or patent infringement, right?
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rytiffany

Nov 21, 2005, 8:22 PM
Stevelvl needs to use the spell checker instead of making himself sound retarded just with language. It doesn't make since for whoever to switch, it makes sense for them too. And there was no settle hint of sarcasm it was a subtle hin of sarcasm. I know this thread is about dead but someone needs to put a stop to ignorance, and that someone is me. By the way... I like CDMA better.
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thatguy_overthere

Nov 25, 2005, 5:35 PM
Also, just remember that when you talk about cell phone service quality it's ALL depends on where you live. I live in an area where Cingular, and T-moblie suck. The only thing that works at my house is Verizon, Sprint and Nextel. I had Verizon at one time, but was treated so badly that I gladly paid my cancellation fee and went to Sprint and have been happy ever since, from my 8100 all the way to my treo 650.
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CptFarlow

Nov 25, 2005, 9:06 PM
I use Linux, and I am a big fan of open-source, but I have to agree, Sprint is better than Verizon and Cingular. Back when I was first looking for a phone-Febuary 2004- I started checking out the different carriers. I was really only looking at Sprint, Verizon, and Cingular, I didn't bother looking at T-Mobile or any others. I first sign up for Cingular, the salesman talked me into it, saying how he had it and was very happy with it. I got a Nokia 3100, which was a pretty nice phone, nothing fancy. I did not get service in my house, but unlike for most people, I don't really care about that...

Service around my area, in PA at the time, was horrible. Even on a major highway, most of the time I had very little or no signal. When I did have ...
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dca

Nov 28, 2005, 12:40 PM
CptFarlow said:
...there is no reason to get a phone from them. Other countries are switching to CDMA.


No, other countries may be switching (upgrading) to WCDMA which is a migration path of GSM, not relative to CDMA besides the last four letters.
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CptFarlow

Nov 29, 2005, 5:37 PM
Some are switching to CDMA, some are switching to WCDMA. I know what WCDMA is. Truthfully, my friend has Cingular and is happy with them. I have Sprint and I love them. I am just going by technology, my experience, and from customer experiences. Overall, I see Sprint way better than Cingular, while Verizon is better, but still not as good. Sprint has had a 3G network out for how long now? 5 years? Cingular has finally made a 3G network.
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mupi

Nov 26, 2005, 10:11 AM
phonepimp3376 said:
I'll give you that Sprint has some cool phones, but I have to ask a silly question... WHAT ANALOG CARRIERS?

I seriously hope you aren't claiming Cingular and Verizon are ANALOG.

As for digital coverage, the largest all digital network would be Cingular's GSM network. Voice clarity was also awarded to Cingular, the "truest sound in wireless". GSM holds that distinction.

How do you figure you have the technological edge? Cingular has EDGE deployed over 2/3 of its network, VZW has EV-DO in a couple of markets, Sprint just postponed EV-DV and went to EV-DO, which I haven't heard they have up anywhere yet. CDMA has better call capacity, but technologically superior? Where? Cingular is in testing of
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scttlam

Dec 1, 2005, 2:52 PM
I think sprint is making wireless better and their phone call quality is really good. I had verizon and it was ok but sprint in my opinion is a lot better. I works in more places in chicago where I am located and also in buildings. Overall Sprint is making wireless better and after the whole sprint nextel thing is all done I believe they will be unstopable.
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nextel18

Dec 1, 2005, 6:58 PM
yes they are...

wait till they combine nextel's 800mhz with their 1.9ghz and transform that 800 into cdma.. wow what great coverage especially with their 45k plus towers..
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bigmoneymike

Dec 2, 2005, 1:45 AM
nextel18, The Federal government is taking over the iDen network in 2008 under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security to create the first encrypted Nationwide network for first responders and law enforcement. iDen is effectively dead, it is based on a very old technology (TDMA) that in no way can handle any more capacity, let alone the inherent need for high-speed data which the antiquated network can not support. Nextel subscribers will slowly be rolled into the world of CDMA 2000 starting in a few, short years.

By the way, I am so tired of you writing posts on this board with absolutely no real knowledge of what you are saying. I have a feeling you are a very young man.
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nextel18

Dec 2, 2005, 9:11 AM
those are rumors by the way, there is no contract that has been signed, and if they were to take over iden (they wouldnt do that) they would buy some portions from them.

i am a young man, but smarter then most people on here especially with my knowledge. by the way, its not in 2008 it will be in 2010 if the rumors are true.. (by the way these are rumors they mean nothing)

by the way, 145am? not bad. lol.
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