For the year and a half since the Sprint-Nextel merger, the companies have struggled to combine disparate systems and technologies.
Now, they've made a tangible step forward.
SprintNextel has just announced two phones that will function on both the Sprint and Nextel networks- Nextel's iDEN and Sprint's CDMA.
Both are Motorola PowerSource phones.
The clamshell Buzz ic502 weighs 4.1 ounces, is suggested at $249.99 but can be had for $59.99 with a two-year contract.
Take a look:
Meanwhile the Blend ic402 will sell for a suggested $229.99 list price or $39.99 with a two-year plan.
Coming at ya:
OK, SprintNextel, there's a start. Now, do you think you could integrate your Sprint and Nextel billing system, as well as offer a seamless experience in your stores? Right now when I, a customer, go into a Sprint-branded store whose legacy is as a Nextel store, I am still more likely to see Nextel equipment and encounter Nextel-knowledgeable employees.
These phones are a start, but before this merger can be said to be consummated,integration on the services sides also must be achieved.
Is that too much to ask?