Bad reception near Chicago for awhile - why?

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A friend of mine says his Nextel reception has been degrading over the past two
months in N. Ill area. (Dropped calls, message that network busy or even
subscriber unavailable comes up.) Other Nextel users tell him similar stories,
and it doesn't seem to affect other providers. He has heard some excuses like
"due to upcoming merger with Sprint, leading to work on towers" which he and I
agree sounds like BS. What is going on?
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    In message <11f873jdd2pkkf7@corp.supernews.com> "Neil"
    <paradoxer@wolfname.com> wrote:

    >A friend of mine says his Nextel reception has been degrading over the past two
    >months in N. Ill area. (Dropped calls, message that network busy or even
    >subscriber unavailable comes up.) Other Nextel users tell him similar stories,
    >and it doesn't seem to affect other providers. He has heard some excuses like
    >"due to upcoming merger with Sprint, leading to work on towers" which he and I
    >agree sounds like BS. What is going on?

    Tons of issues up there, but not all Nextel related. In addition to
    what you described, I also experienced problems with landlines dialing
    other landlines (Although I was able to dial LD and tollfree, just not
    local calls), and cell phones on other carriers making inbound as well
    as outbound calls.

    That being said, Nextel's service was especially bad. I had two phones
    with me, (One a TELUS Mobility phone, roaming on Nextel, the other was a
    Boost Mobile phone), they would alternate being in service or not while
    physically sitting side by side and not moving.

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    Sounds like capacity issues due to the re-banding of the 800 Spectrum
    that has started in many
    states including Ill. NEXTEL has to abandon a lot of channels in the
    800 spectrum for the next
    few years and this will be seen more often by the end-user as capacity
    issues.

    You can read about re-banding here:
    http://www.911dispatch.com/information/800_transition/800_transition.html
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