Can this merger be consummated? Dual Sprint-Nextel phones are a start but more needs to be done

Can this merger be consummated? Dual Sprint-Nextel phones are a start but more needs to be done

Summary: 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.

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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?

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  • Reasons why...

    This is why I left Nextel. After the merger, Nextel's customer service went down hill...fast (which is why I moved from Sprint to Nextel MANY years ago). After the merger, going anywhere for support, even a Nextel store, was difficult. And when I was trying to move my family from Sprint service to Nextel service after the merger, I could not get any straight answers. I remember I was going to have to pay an early termination fee on the Sprint phones and drop the phone numbers if I wanted them to get Nextel phones! That was the straw that broke the camel's back, and I then switched to Verizon Wireless once the contracts were op.

    Nextel's service quality degraded as well...calls weren't as clear, more calls were getting dropped...it was just a mess. Nextel was a great company with a great product...Sprint killed them.
    bmccann@...
  • Anyone else see the bigger picture????

    Does anyone else see the point to the merger? Nextel was going to be forced to give up spectrum by the FCC. They would also need to upgrade their network to something more up to date. Nextel was looking into Flash-OFDM, for which no company would have enough phones available. The only company that has 1 or 2 compatible phone models is Flarion and Qualcomm. Nextel would also have to upgrade their network fast enough in order to use QChat, in place of Iden direct connect.
    This would be huge! To spend vast amounts of money to not only upgrade the network to a brand new standard, that would require major tower upgrades. Then to perform the spectrum swap with the FCC. Then to get customers to switch their Motorola iDEN phones for something completely different and new. Which would be impossible to get everyone on board seeing as Motorola has the highest mobile phone loyalty rate in the industry. Does anyone else see another way but to merge?
    This is a major merger that will take time to workout. So analyst need to stop with their **** and be patient, because NONE of them have ever run a 70 billion dollar company!!
    Cingular is only starting to make a profit, even though they now have more dept then any other carrier.
    Did Sprint tell people that overnight their two networks would magically work together, and that everything would be perfect? NO!

    Stop the bashing and just give Sprint a chance.
    cdmaisgod