Sprint to keep iDEN network

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BlackBerry 8350iInteresting news for those that have been following Sprint’s recent troubles, or are simply awaiting the release of the BlackBerry 8350i. Yesterday, Sprint released a statement explaining that they will keep their customer-losing iDen network after efforts to sell it failed, outlining plans to rejuvenate the languishing Nextel brand.

“I don’t believe you can turn around Sprint Nextel without at least stabilizing the iDen network. Reaffirming their commitment could in and of itself certainly improve trends,” said Stifel Nicolaus analyst Chris King, noting that some iDen business customers may have been worried about the prospect of a sale.

Sprint also made a separate announcement yesterday, stating that the FCC had given it a waiver regarding its obligation to stop using certain airwaves where the iDen network risks interfering with public safety networks. Hopefully greater network coverage and a new BlackBerry in the 8350i will help Sprint turn things around.

|via Reuters|

  • http://www.donniebyers.com/blog drbyers

    There goes any chance of Sprint being bought out by T-mobile. The Euro company already has Suncom to pay for anyway…

  • http://www.donniebyers.com/blog drbyers

    There goes any chance of Sprint being bought out by T-mobile. The Euro company already has Suncom to pay for anyway…

  • BJ_Sprint

    My name is BJ and I’m a representative for Sprint. We decided to retain our iDEN network because we looked at every option and determined that the network and the push-to-talk business is a valuable asset to our full component of wireless products and services. PTT will always be of value, and despite what some analyst suggested, there are new services coming for PTT users. We currently offer and are developing Push-to-X services that provide a new generation of split second communication on both the iDEN and our CDMA networks. Yes, Sprint had some rocky times with iDEN after the Sprint Nextel merger, but the network is operating at the best metrics in its history, and we are not going to give an inch to our competitors. If you have any additional questions on it, please feel free to email me at BJD@Sprint.com. Thanks!

  • BJ_Sprint

    My name is BJ and I’m a representative for Sprint. We decided to retain our iDEN network because we looked at every option and determined that the network and the push-to-talk business is a valuable asset to our full component of wireless products and services. PTT will always be of value, and despite what some analyst suggested, there are new services coming for PTT users. We currently offer and are developing Push-to-X services that provide a new generation of split second communication on both the iDEN and our CDMA networks. Yes, Sprint had some rocky times with iDEN after the Sprint Nextel merger, but the network is operating at the best metrics in its history, and we are not going to give an inch to our competitors. If you have any additional questions on it, please feel free to email me at BJD@Sprint.com. Thanks!

  • Clipkundow

    fuck sprint go to the junk yard then try again stop snoopin around in people life that why the kid broke in ya data base asholes im on your head from here on out