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  1.    #1  
    Hi all,

    Sprint finally realizes buying iDen/Nextel was a HUGE mistake.

    Take care,

    Jay

    Sprint Eyes $11 Billion Savings, to Shut Nextel NetworkBy REUTERS, December 6, 2010, Filed at 4:39 p.m. ET

    http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/...t-network.html


    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel promised to save up to $11 billion in the next seven years from a big network restructuring that involves eventually getting rid of the iDen network it bought from Nextel in 2005.

    Shares of the No. 3 U.S. mobile service rose 6.4 percent as investors bet Sprint would finally unravel the mistakes of its $35 billion Nextel purchase that brought years of headaches including massive customer losses.

    Sprint, which offers services on three different networks, said on Monday it would spend $5 billion on network equipment from Alcatel-Lucent <ALUA.PA>, Ericsson <ERIAF.PK> and Samsung Electronics <005930.KS> to overhaul its network.

    Up to 40 percent of the savings would come from phasing out the iDen network starting in 2013, according to Sprint. It also sees energy and rent savings from installing more energy efficient and less bulky equipment that could pave the way toward easier technology upgrades.

    "That's big savings," said Pacific Crest analyst Steve Clement, even as he noted that it would be a long time before investors would see the financial benefits.

    Since the project involves big upfront payments in the first few years, the company said it does not expect to see improvements to its profit margins until 2013.

    Along with savings, the restructuring would also bring Sprint the capability to consolidate several different technologies into a smaller amount of network equipment. And it would allow it to repurpose some spectrum being used by the iDen network to boost the capacity of the original Sprint CDMA network.

    "Fundamentally the network performance improves dramatically," Bob Azzi, a senior vice president for Sprint, told Reuters. "Customers will notice the difference."

    For its high speed wireless data services, Sprint depends on the WiMax network being built by Clearwire Corp , in which Sprint has a 54 percent stake.

    Sprint said the restructuring would mean it could possibly add WiMax technology to the network, putting it in a position to forge a network sharing agreement with Clearwire, which needs billions of dollars more funding to complete the construction of its own network.

    But Steve Elfman, president of network operations, said no such agreement has been reached with Clearwire, which is in negotiations with Sprint and other companies with a view to raising more money.

    TECHNOLOGY FLEXIBILITY

    Aside from Clearwire, Sprint offers services on two other networks. Its iDen network carries walkie-talkie services as well as traditional phone calls, but this network has been losing customers as it uses an older technology that is too slow to support data services such as mobile Web. About 11 million Sprint customers use the iDen network.

    While Sprint's CDMA network, which supports about 34 million customers, is faster than the iDen network and supports data services it is not at the cutting edge of technology.

    Sprint said part of the new project would include adding walkie-talkie services on the CDMA network so that it will be able to start phasing out the iDen network in 2013. The walkie-talkie network is often used by blue-collar workers in industries such as construction or transportation.

    Azzi said new network equipment would take up as much as 75 percent less space at its cellular broadcast towers, allowing Sprint to save money on electricity.

    The new gear would also allow Sprint more flexibility in its choice of wireless technology as well as the landline network technology used to connect to its wireless towers.

    Because of this, Sprint could potentially use one network box to offer services based on WiMax and LTE, Azzi said.

    Sprint has been slowly turning around its cellphone business after losing customers for years due to poor integration of the Nextel merger, and has started adding customers in some segments in recent quarters.

    On CNBC earlier on Monday, Greenlight Capital CEO David Einhorn said Sprint Nextel was a good long-term bet.

    The deal is good news for the network equipment makers involved. Ericsson, which already manages Sprint's network, said it would be charged with putting the new technology from it and its two rivals together into the network.

    According to media reports, companies that competed for the network project also included Huawei and ZTE <0763.HK>.

    Sprint shares closed up 25 cents, or 6.4 percent, at $4.17 on New York Stock Exchange.

    (Reporting by Sinead Carew; Editing by Derek Caney, Dave Zimmerman and Richard Chang)
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    Jay,

    Thanks for the article. I saw a recent article on Mobiledia that Sprint is pushing T-Mobile to partner on Clearwire WiMax network. It looks like Sprint is getting serious about rethinking its place in the carrier wars.

    Sprint Pushes Clearwire, T-Mobile on 4G Deal - Mobiledia
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    Hi and thanks, it isn't all S's fault after all tech has moved so quickly that push to talk is such old news....thanks for the info, take care, Jay
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    Its a shame, i know not everyone liked it but i really miss having two way.
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    Would have made more sense if Sprint and Nextel used the same technology (CDMA or GSM). But having the two incompatible networks was always a puzzle.
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    Good riddance to iden and the bulky phones that came with it.

    Now if this would also lead to the riddance of those chirps too. Seriously dude no one cares!
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    Hi all,

    The issue that has always bothered me, is the fact that people NEVER seemed to be able to understand that you can use Push To Talk as a phone, MEANING THAT YOU DIDN'T NEED TO SCREAM INTO IT OR EVEN USE THE SPEAKER. You could picked it up and use Push To Talk as you would a conventional cell phone...not having everyone hear both ends of the conversation...the true difference of Push To Talk is the fact that you couldn't talk and listen at the same time. The minute the iDen beeps, picked it up and discreetly talk as you should with any cell phone....

    About a year ago, my fantastic G/F and I were at the movies....not just did the person not remember to shut off the ringer on his Iden phone, he HAD to answer the damn thing DURING THE MOVIE....and REFUSED TO NOT JUST LEAVE THE THEATER UNTIL PEOPLE YELLED AT HIM....but also he used it as almost everyone did as a two way speaker phone that required yelling....all I kept thinking was why not use two paper cups and a piece of string....(oops my age is showing with that one, LOL)!

    It was bad enough he forget to shut the ringer on his phone while at the movies, but to answer it, while using it speaker mode, with the annoying iDen beeps...Sprint it lucky that the entire audience didn't leave the theater at that moment and pull down the nearest iDen tower with our bare hands, (while using the head of the man's whose phone it was as a battering ram)!

    Take care,

    Jay
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    Jay, I'd have wanted to strangle the guy.

    The maintenance men in our apartment complex have the push to talk and it is the MOST annoying thing. First the sound they make, then them hollering into them. They can be heard from a very long distance away and everyone knows which apartment stopped up their toilet and how!
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    Quote Originally Posted by verwon View Post
    Jay, I'd have wanted to strangle the guy.

    The maintenance men in our apartment complex have the push to talk and it is the MOST annoying thing. First the sound they make, then them hollering into them. They can be heard from a very long distance away and everyone knows which apartment stopped up their toilet and how!
    hi,

    We did want to strangle the guy....

    lol about who has the stuffed up toilet!

    Take care,

    Jay
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    I work for an elevator company and all of our mechanics have them as well as out dipatcher. the office did too until we needed email and everything and we use WM. But i still much prefer using the dipatch nextel to talk to them then have to actually call them on a regular phone. i agree that the biggest problem was how obnoxious the average user was with the speaker phone. but the idea is something i still would prefer to have the option to use. especially with the whole texting in the car thing. i would prefer to just be able to use the two way then to have the phone to my ear the whole time.
  11.    #11  
    Hi all,

    At one point other carriers as well as Sprint on it's non iDen line of phones was putting in Push To Talk...is that still a trend?

    I never followed it as I don't need it...when I was still self employed, (I sold the business 17 years ago after 25 years of running it), it would have worked for us, but that was more or less before cell service too hold.

    Take care,

    jay
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  12. #12  
    Well this is long overdue. Hopefully Sprint is finally ready to make it's climb back up over the upcoming years.


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