Sprint's iDEN network shuts down tonight at 12:01am Sunday
posted by Alan F. / Jun 29, 2013, 5:12 PM
At the end of Sprint's first quarter, the company still had 1.3 million subscribers using the iDEN network. Sprint expects to keep 30% to 40% of these as Sprint customers while the rest will end up with a different carrier. In the first quarter, the carrier lost a total of 415,000 customers. The nation's third largest carriers has 55.2 million subscribers. 771,000 iDEN customers dropped out in the quarter, although Sprint was able to recapture 46% of them.
Sprint will dismantle the iDEN network and recycle any material it can use. The 30,000 iDEN cell sites will generate 100 million tons of equipment. Not being recycled is the Nextel name that has long been associated with PTT. Following the closing of the SoftBank deal, the company will be known as just Sprint.
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Unappealing company (Sprint) buys good company (Nextel). Proceeds to destroy all good companies deed. Unappealing company gets bought by better company (SoftBank). Better company decides to keep unappealing companies name. I guess it's like back in the 70's-90's. Can't afford a Ford? Buy it's generic little brother. Mercury. -SoftBank. Enough foresight that if Sprint STILL sucks to not tarnish its name directly.
posted on Jun 29, 2013, 5:28 PM 4
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One problem with your analogy is that Mercury cars were the high end entry level luxury models of their Ford counterparts. They are more expensive than Fords... Nextel was good and would have remained so, except for the fact it was not upgradable and would have failed anyway in today's smartphone market. There are not enough users left that just want talk and PTT to sustain the iDEN network. Sprint did, however completely mishandle the merger and make a mess of the whole thing. Sprint would be in a much better position if it weren't for Gary Forsee's failed run as CEO.
posted on Jun 29, 2013, 9:05 PM 1
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I hate to see Nextel go. I had it for many years and had excellent service and customer service was top notch. It all started with my i550. Yes all you could do was make a call and PTT but it worked flawlessly. It's an old technology but there is a reason why 1.3 million people are holding onto it until the very last day. There is plenty of businesses that only need to communicate and have no need for data. Nextel stood for reliability which Sprint does not.
posted on Jun 29, 2013, 8:25 PM 0
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They are supposed to use the nextel 800 band for 4G data and building penetration, they have to switch it over to compete with Verizon and At&t; something is going on now cause my prl change to 2000 on GN2
posted on Jun 29, 2013, 10:31 PM 0
Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012
I for one, am so happy this company was put to death. There have never been such a bunch of annoying people, like Nextel customers. I don't want to hear your phone chirp, and hear your stupid, loud conversations. Good riddance and never come back.
posted on Jun 30, 2013, 9:09 AM 0
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