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    Lightbulb Then there were three - Sprint and Nextel Merge

    It's official. After just a few days of rumors, Sprint PCS has announced that they are buying Nextel. This is sure to affect anyone who has Sprint PCS and especially anyone who has Nextel.

    Some thoughts -

    Nextel is famous for their push-to-talk feature which has made them a major player in the buisiness wireless market. Sprint and Verizion also have offered push-to-talk, but their plans are extra and only on certain phones. Nextel also has free incoming calls, which is a great value. It would be great to see Sprint pick up on these features on their plans. I think it's likely that push to talk will be expanded, but the free incoming calls plans may be limited to legacy


    Sprint, for it's part, has an ecellent network. 1.9 ghz cdma 3G. It's the most advanced and fastest nationwide network, and their coverage is pretty good, better than Nextel in many places, though not always as good Verizion or Cingular. Still, for wireless data nationwide, it's hard to beat SprintPCS. Speeds up to 300kbps, compaired to about 55 on Nextel. They also have some of the best phones (I have a Treo-650. It rocks). Plus, Sprint offers features like MobiTV and SprntTV, which let you watch television on your phone.


    The downside: Unlike Cingular and AT&T, which had similar network technology, enabling good cross-compatabiltity of their phones, Sprint and Nextel do not. Sprint uses 1.9 ghz CDMA2.0, and Nextel uses something called iDEN, a propriotary network technology which is NOT compatable with CDMA, GSM or other off-the-shelf technology.


    This means, of course, eventually some people are probably gona need to buy new phones. In the short run, they'll probably operate both systems, and it's possible we'll see some dual-mode phones. But long term, it's redundant and it's likely one of the network protocalls is going to be retired from new phones, and possibly eventually deactivated. In my opinion it's probably going to be the Nextel/iDen system that will be phased out.

    So, if you're looking for a new phone, I would not suggest buying a Nextel one, as the technology may have a limited life and it is likely the same plan will be avaliable from SprintPCS/Nextel very shortly.

    On the bright side, if you have Nextel, you are likely to see a lot more people who you can direct-connect to. It's possible not all sprint phones will support this right away, but many could be enabled for direct connect with a simple firmware upgrate.


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    And then there were three.....er....I mean "And then there were four"

    SprintPCS/Nextel
    Cingular
    Verizion
    T-Mobile

    Yep....that makes four. (If you don't count the prepaid ones)

    sorry for any confusion

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    Sprint may have done that in order to pick up the extra band that Nextel got. Nextel is in the 800mhz range(I think, I don't remember), which most law enforcement and emergency service radios transmit on. Well, the FCC? wanted Nextel to stop transmitting on that freq. because of interference so they gave them another one. Verizon and Sprint whined that Nextel should pay for it, or that the band should go up for bids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrBuzzo
    And then there were three.....er....I mean "And then there were four"

    SprintPCS/Nextel
    Cingular
    Verizion
    T-Mobile

    Yep....that makes four. (If you don't count the prepaid ones)

    sorry for any confusion

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    Didnt AT&T join up with cingular?

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    And this still means that most of the sprint/nextel phones won't be compatable with PhoneControl

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0l33l
    And this still means that most of the sprint/nextel phones won't be compatable with PhoneControl
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingtut
    I hate your dark side
    What? I'm stuck with sprint till the beginning of summer. And they are trying to give me these incentives (like 5% off or 1000 extra minutes) to stay with them and to lengthen the contract. I said go **** yourself to the sales guy. I need a phone that's compatable with phonecontrol and they can't do anything.

    And yeh, the glass is definately 1/2 empty for me

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    Sprint + Nextel = Sextel

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    yea.. Cingular is buying out Suncom and merging w/ AT&T
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