nextel sprint merger

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Does anyone know if there will be coverage changes at some point due to
the Sprint-Nextel merger? I know Nextel has good coverage in my area,
and I'm wondering if Sprint customers will at some point be able to
access that as well as the Sprint native towers. That should make
Sprint signal much easier to hold onto in my area.
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.cellular.sprintpcs (More info?)

    Yes Sprint will begin adding their equipment to many Nextel towers once
    the deal is finalized. Sprint mentioned on one of their recent
    conference calls that most of Nextel's towers and equipment storage
    areas were built oversized and can easily accomodate the additional
    Sprint equipment.

    Here in CA Sprint users will benefit by new coverage via Nextel along
    Hwy 395.
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    I don't think that Sprint PCS phones will ever be able to use nextel's
    current frequencys, since the FCC says that nextel has to leave them
    soon. It is likely that new phones will be able to access the new
    nextel frequencys. Exactly when that will be I do not know.
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    Jerome Zelinske wrote:
    > I don't think that Sprint PCS phones will ever be able to use
    > nextel's current frequencys, since the FCC says that nextel has to leave
    > them soon. It is likely that new phones will be able to access the new
    > nextel frequencys. Exactly when that will be I do not know.

    But they can put antennas on towers where Nextel currently has antennas.

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    If every old nextel location will also be a Sprint PCS location, then
    the need for a phone that can get both frequencys is greatly diminished.
    Will all Sprint PCS locations have enough room to add the new nextel
    frequencys?
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    Jerome Zelinske wrote:
    > I don't think that Sprint PCS phones will ever be able to use
    > nextel's current frequencys, since the FCC says that nextel has to leave
    > them soon.

    Uh, Sprint users wouldnt' NEED to use the same frequencies. Sprint
    would simple have to add CDMA gear (using its current nationwide PCS
    licenses) to add coverage.

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    Jerome Zelinske wrote:
    > If every old nextel location will also be a Sprint PCS location,
    > then the need for a phone that can get both frequencys is greatly
    > diminished.

    Not necessarily. It might be something that Sprint would look into as a
    way to migrate current Nextel customers off iDEN. Everyone knows the
    current iDEN infrastructure is taxed, and having them use a phone that
    makes two-way radio calls on iDEN, but voice calls on CDMA would be a
    great start until a two-way solution is ready on 1xEV-DO

    > Will all Sprint PCS locations have enough room to add the
    > new nextel frequencys?

    Most towers either have extra cabinet space or have the capability to
    expand cabinate space; the more tenants on a tower, the merrier it is to
    the tower owner, usually.


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    The current nextel network will soon be replaced by the new one the FCC
    requires them to change to. The OP has a Sprint PCS phone. If all
    nextel locations added Sprint PCS, then the OP would not gain anything
    by getting a dual service phone.
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    Jerome Zelinske wrote:
    > The current nextel network will soon be replaced by the new one the
    > FCC requires them to change to.

    Uhh, no.

    The FREQUENCIES may change, but the network will largely stay intact as
    it is for at least a couple of years yet. And chances are, the
    migration off of those frequencies won't actually happen until the
    shutdown occurs. It's very difficult to force frequency re-assignments
    so quickly, and such a move before iDEN is finally discontinued would
    force Nextel customers to upgrade twice: to the new "high-band" iDEN,
    and then again to EV-DO.

    http://sprintnextel.mergerannouncement.com/investor/Investor_Pres.pdf

    The current plans call for maintaining iDEN well into 2007, so don't
    expect anything major to change until at least then.

    > The OP has a Sprint PCS phone. If all
    > nextel locations added Sprint PCS, then the OP would not gain anything
    > by getting a dual service phone.

    I never said there would be. I said a hybrid phone would be a draw for
    current Nextel customers to begin migrating to iDEN.

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    The change in frequency would be a change in network. Without a lot of
    fill-in antenna sites, there would be a reduction in coverage.
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    "Isaiah Beard" <sacredpoet@sacredpoet.com> wrote in message >
    > The FREQUENCIES may change, but the network will largely stay intact as
    > it is for at least a couple of years yet.

    You may be correct, but there is a major problem with Nextel interfering
    with Philadelphia Police and especially Fire radios. There has been talk of
    the FCC requiring them to move frequencies. Surely that would require that
    the move be nationwide or the phones would not work all over, would they?

    Fire officials have complained that their emergency radios are blocked when
    they are close to a Nextel tower. Incidents have occurred where firemen
    inside burning buildings could not communicate, putting their lives in
    jeopardy. Naturally, Motorola, the emergency radio vendor here, denies that
    their systems are interfering with each other.

    But this is obviously a major concern here, and the upcoming merger might
    afford an opportunity for a shift in frequency assignments, while merging
    the two technologies. Like killing two birds with one stone.

    Just a thought . . .
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    "Jeremy" <jeremy@nospam.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > "Isaiah Beard" <sacredpoet@sacredpoet.com> wrote in message >
    > > The FREQUENCIES may change, but the network will largely stay intact as
    > > it is for at least a couple of years yet.
    >
    > You may be correct, but there is a major problem with Nextel interfering
    > with Philadelphia Police and especially Fire radios. There has been talk
    of
    > the FCC requiring them to move frequencies. Surely that would require
    that
    > the move be nationwide or the phones would not work all over, would they?

    Old news- Nextel has already agreed to change frequencies nationwide. I
    believe it will start before the merger is complete.
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    "Jeremy" <jeremy@nospam.com> wrote in message
    news:ATY%d.1814$S46.1065@newsread3.news.atl.earthlink.net...
    >
    > "Isaiah Beard" <sacredpoet@sacredpoet.com> wrote in message >
    > > The FREQUENCIES may change, but the network will largely stay intact as
    > > it is for at least a couple of years yet.
    >
    > You may be correct, but there is a major problem with Nextel interfering
    > with Philadelphia Police and especially Fire radios. There has been talk
    of
    > the FCC requiring them to move frequencies. Surely that would require
    that
    > the move be nationwide or the phones would not work all over, would they?
    >
    > Fire officials have complained that their emergency radios are blocked
    when
    > they are close to a Nextel tower. Incidents have occurred where firemen
    > inside burning buildings could not communicate, putting their lives in
    > jeopardy. Naturally, Motorola, the emergency radio vendor here, denies
    that
    > their systems are interfering with each other.

    Lets not forget, Motorola is the vendor for the radios in the nextel
    equipment shelter.....so its motorola's fault one way or the other!


    > But this is obviously a major concern here, and the upcoming merger might
    > afford an opportunity for a shift in frequency assignments, while merging
    > the two technologies. Like killing two birds with one stone.
    >
    > Just a thought . . .
    >
    >
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    Jeremy wrote:
    > "Isaiah Beard" <sacredpoet@sacredpoet.com> wrote in message >
    >
    >>The FREQUENCIES may change, but the network will largely stay intact as
    >>it is for at least a couple of years yet.
    >

    > You may be correct, but there is a major problem with Nextel interfering
    > with Philadelphia Police and especially Fire radios. There has been talk of
    > the FCC requiring them to move frequencies.
    > Surely that would require that
    > the move be nationwide or the phones would not work all over, would they?

    I pretty much said in my post (see above) that frequencies were likely
    to change. Now, it's important to note that the spectrum reallocation
    plan isn't 100% definite yet. And when it becomes so, the change simply
    isn't going to happen overnight. BOTH Nextel and the police/fire
    agencies are going to have to swap equipment, and that takes time.
    We're probably looking on the order of a ouple of years, which
    conincides with with the projected merger timeline between Sprint and
    Nextel.


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