Interesting 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.