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old_dawg
"I Know Noting..."

join:2001-09-22
Westminster, MD

A million here, a million there

Sprint has no problem (and a long history of) shoveling cubic dollars into black holes. ION anyone?
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jmn1207
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join:2000-07-19
Ashburn, VA
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I wouldn't compare ION with Wimax. ION failed because the technology did not exist to properly manage it. Sprint's Wimax, through Clearwire, is successfully being deployed now in several markets. Sprint has options to continue using Wimax, deploying LTE, or operating both, as these technologies can easily coexist.

This is not some battle between Wimax and LTE for 4G dominance, with Sprint having all of its eggs in one basket.


kapil
The Kapil

join:2000-04-26
Chicago, IL
reply to old_dawg
ION was a fantastic product, technically speaking. As with a lot of things that came from Sprint, they just didn't know how to market and support it.
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DarnellP

join:2004-10-12
Las Vegas, NV
reply to old_dawg
said by old_dawg:

Sprint has no problem (and a long history of) shoveling cubic dollars into black holes. ION anyone?

You seem to be fond of bringing up ION. However, if Sprint had such a long history of shoveling money into black holes as you say, can't you come up with other examples? Btw, ION was shut down in what, 2001? That's dangerously close to a decade ago. Isn't it about time to let that dead horse rest in peace?

LineNoise

join:2006-06-25
Downers Grove, IL
Nextel.

DarnellP

join:2004-10-12
Las Vegas, NV
I guess I'm missing your meaning because the Nextel network is still alive and apparently will be until at least 2013.

LineNoise

join:2006-06-25
Downers Grove, IL
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Nextel. QChat. Sprint Broadband Direct. Worldcom (Well, Almost. That was a close call).

Nextel is a black hole because they were unable to convert so many people, they failed maintaining and upgrading it and they now announced their intentions for phasing it out. Yes, it's still a few years away, but they waited way too long to shit or get off the pot on iDEN. It's sucked a lot of life out of Sprint.

DarnellP

join:2004-10-12
Las Vegas, NV
The Nextel merger is what it is. I think that Alltel would have been the more logical partner, but that's water under the bridge. Bad merger or not, there are some positives that will come out of it, namely spectrum. A nice chunk of the 2.5GHz spectrum that Clearwire now has for WiMAX (and probably LTE at some point) came from the Nextel merger. Additionally, they got 14MHz of 800MHz spectrum that they will begin using to bolster their CDMA coverage. So call Nextel a black hole or whatever, but some of those assets should provide benefits long after the iDEN network is shuttered.

QChat came along with the Nextel merger. It's still being supported on the network level and there is still even QChat phone on their website, the V950. Plus Sprint plans to relaunch Direct Connect over CDMA later this year. They haven't disclosed what platform they're going to be using, but who knows, perhaps it will be the next generation of QChat. Thus, the jury is still out on that one.

Sprint Broadband Direct....it was in some ways obsoleted by EVDO and later WiMAX. Plus from what I understand, the FCC ordered Sprint to vacate the spectrum that Sprint was using for the service. What are ya gonna do?


old_dawg
"I Know Noting..."

join:2001-09-22
Westminster, MD
reply to DarnellP
said by DarnellP:

said by old_dawg:

Sprint has no problem (and a long history of) shoveling cubic dollars into black holes. ION anyone?

You seem to be fond of bringing up ION. However, if Sprint had such a long history of shoveling money into black holes as you say, can't you come up with other examples? Btw, ION was shut down in what, 2001? That's dangerously close to a decade ago. Isn't it about time to let that dead horse rest in peace?

No. because that dead horse cost 5 billion, plus the Gary Forsee fiasco, started the free fall. You would have had to been there on the inside to understand.
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DarnellP

join:2004-10-12
Las Vegas, NV
Even so, it was nearly a DECADE ago, Forsee is long since gone. What really is the point in continuing to bring up ION at this juncture?

hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH
reply to DarnellP
Sprint needs to focus on getting that specturm in use that they just got from T. If they don't start using that for their actual CDMA network it will start to affect their business in a LOT of the markets. CLE being one of them. BIG dead spots in major areas.