Can the BlackBerry 8350i help save Sprint-Nextel?

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One of the surprises of CTIA last week was the stealth announcement of the Sprint-Nextel BlackBerry 8350i for their oft-neglected iDEN network — if I remember correctly, the last iDEN BlackBerry was the 7100i (ugh). One of the major reasons Sprint has been hemorrhaging subscribers recently is a lack of quality devices, and the release of a sleek BlackBerry to satisfy their nearly 10 million iDEN subscribers could help stop the bleeding.

However, analyst Craig Moffett of Sanford C. Bernstein doesn’t share my rosy outlook, mostly because of the current economic and wireless climate: in short, wireless subscriber growth is slowing, which doesn’t bode well for Sprint-Nextel picking up lost ground. Here’s a question: would anyone jump to Nextel because of the BlackBerry 8350i?

(via CN)

  • David A Alvey

    Well, my Brother in Arizona and I both left Verizon to come to this very phone, it is a good phone or it will be when they resolve the texting issues.

    I’m diggin it even without that working right.

  • David A Alvey

    Well, my Brother in Arizona and I both left Verizon to come to this very phone, it is a good phone or it will be when they resolve the texting issues.

    I’m diggin it even without that working right.

  • http://gadgetstoponline.com/ Chad

    Sadly I made the move to Nextel for this Blackberry, I wanted both the Blackbeery and Direct Connect. I left Verizon after 15 years because of the problems with the Storm and there lack of help… I have learned in the last few months This network sucks… Be ready for they guy telling you to hold while they located your party… What a joke… fancy cheap plan is worth anything if you cant provide coverage!

  • http://gadgetstoponline.com Chad

    Sadly I made the move to Nextel for this Blackberry, I wanted both the Blackbeery and Direct Connect. I left Verizon after 15 years because of the problems with the Storm and there lack of help… I have learned in the last few months This network sucks… Be ready for they guy telling you to hold while they located your party… What a joke… fancy cheap plan is worth anything if you cant provide coverage!