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The future of Nextel devices?

Journeyman

The future of Nextel devices?

Hello,

I just read that beginning 2013 Sprint will start ramping down the Nextel network. When this happens, will the Nextel-capable devices stop working, forcing their owners to "upgrade" to whatever Sprint has in store? What exactly should one expect?

With respect to mobile phones, I'm a luddite - I only care about the phone function (good reception, decent battery life, good voice quality, ruggedness, phonebook and calendar); text/data/camera/whatever are useless to me. I still carry a trusted 7(!) years old Nokia candybar phone that, despite all the abuse, keeps going on. Now I'd like to upgrade it, but the Sprint network-capable offering in the low-end area are just flimsy, clamshell-type Kyocera's and Samsungs - they will not last a year. I noticed that Motorola has some pretty solid phones (e.g. i365) but they're on Nextel. I don't want to upgrade to Nextel if in 2 years the phone becomes unusable.

Could anyone give a bit of advice regarding this?

Thank you.

Serban

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Journeyman

The future of Nextel devices?

As I understand from our local Sprint Retail Store, The Nextel phones will be usable for sometime after Sprint, offically stops offering those devices.  The service won't be shut off like that of a light switch. But you will still be able to use those devices as of now, not to say that things may change by 2013.

Journeyman

The future of Nextel devices?

Hey there.  And i have some related questions, just how are they going to transition us Nextel users over to the new CDMA-based system, and when?  Also, when will i be able to get a phone that`ll work on the new Direct Connect service, my trusty I1 is starting to get "cellullar senility ", and most likely will be replaced with one of the new offerings for PTT on CDMA (Direct Connect) soon.  I for one like the NDC service, and want to continue using it regardless of what incarnation it will take .  Thanx!  TK241 (AKA N9NRA)

Wizard

Re: The future of Nextel devices?

Hello all, TK241 (N9NRA), Sprint Network Vision is a network enhancement plan that we will be implementing over the next 3 to 5 years, in this plan we will be implementing network elements which will allow us to continue offering IDEN (Nextel), CDMA (Sprint), and WiMax (4G).

Journeyman

The future of Nextel devices?

so it sounds like what your saying is Nextel will still be around, sprint is jus combining the towers into one.

Wizard

The future of Nextel devices?

That's the plan, although in the future you should consider upgrading to a phone that will use Sprint Direct Connect, it is an enhanced version of Direct Connect, it will have a broader coverage area with more features, if you check locations in our Coverage Maps, you will see if you are in or near Enhanced Sprint Direct Connect Coverage. If you see that all of the places you go are within Enhanced Sprint Direct Connect Coverage, then you may want to switch now, if not, then check back from time to time, as we complete upgrades to the network the coverage for Direct Connect will improve.

Journeyman

The future of Nextel devices?

In other words, sprint is sugar coating its nextel subscribers and kicking them out in the dust. Its rediculous and ive been a nextel customer for years, trust and love iden but sprint had to go ahead and get rid of it. I know for a fact if iden is no longer offered, i will definitly be canceling all my lines with sprint and moving on. Only reason im here is for the reliable iden. Sprints version of the DC is not the same, they dont understand what their customers want. They took a phone and slapped a tiny DC button on it and call it better? please. DC phones are meant for DC so why would they put a tiny button for it? (admiral) Plus another important feature with iden was sim card, i could easily swap my sim between my work phone when i was at work and my personal phone at home in seconds.. now that the CDMA does not have sim feature, im out of luck there as well, gee thanks sprint, youve done it again.

Wizard

The future of Nextel devices?

I wouldn’t say that. We still allow our customers to use the iDEN network, Nextel Direct connect is still working, and it will not be snatched up from underneath you tomorrow. Have you tried Sprint Direct Connect(keeping in mind that it’s different than Sprint’s Readylink, Nextel Direct Connect, or Direct Connect on Sprint.)? you have also read that we plan to have sprint direct connect available before the iDEN network is decommissioned.

Journeyman

The future of Nextel devices?

Yes ive tried it and, as of right now it doesnt work with anything outside of the usa (even though its been stated it will eventually) and the small button on the admiral for DC is just an embarrasment. Also the fact that it does not have a sim card?? i relied on that a lot to be able to switch from work phone to personal home phone every day, now what would i be able to do? call sprint every day to have them switch back and forth? the hastle. Also you guys were the ones to be advertising "sprint with nextel direct connect, the best direct connect out there"  so why get rid of something that works and is good to replace it with a copy. For whatever reasons sprint has, everyone who has used iden knows cdma ptt will never be as good and reliable as iden ptt. I was happy to hear sprint back then was trieing the hybrid phones, i mean i even got myself the ic902 and it worked great for me, i was happy at the fact they kept iden with it, but i guess they just gave up on that idea. I have no hopes now of boost either since its owend by nextel and thus by sprint so i know there is no hopes that being on iden either, so all i can hope for is someone to take over iden in the west coast. If i was in east coast id jump to southernlinc once sprint discontinued iden. One thing i dont understand is, how is it that verizon being cdma, all their new phones have sim cards, you can take your sim and put it in another phone if you ever need without haveing to call it in all the time. I dont understand why sprint cant be doing this also. I mean if atleast they used sim cards with the new direct connect they are doing, it would be more easing and at least give people like me an option to hang in.

Wizard

The future of Nextel devices?

Thank you for responding I do want to mention that Verizon’s 3g phones do not use a SIM card, they only use SIM cards for LTE, and international GSM service. I’m sorry that you had become accustomed to swapping SIM cards so you would only have to carry one phone, many people carry 2 separate phones for 2 separate phone numbers. You may also consider checking with your employer to see if perhaps they could cover part, if not all of your personal phone’s charges if you use it for business, this could help you save money, and avoid any foreseeable hassles. unfortunately I do not see SIM cards in Direct Connect’s future. During 2012, international push-to-talk calling to select countries will also begin rolling out to help support our current customers with international push-to-talk needs. Sprint Direct Connect is expected to expand coverage to almost three times the current coverage of iDEN.

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