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  1. #16
    thunder
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    Re: If you've never used Nextel, try it out


    "Chris Russell" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Did you get a new phone recently? I make that run (from Detroit all the
    > way down to Miami Lakes, FL) regularly and have had no problems with my
    > Nokia 3588i.


    I can even give you specific mile markers along I-75. Which is part of my
    complaint. I am dropping calls in areas that were full digital six years
    ago. For example: six and five years ago I went to roam at mile maker 118
    which is Cridersville, Oh, just south of Lima, Oh. I would pick up a sprint
    digital signal again at mile marker 178 (around Bowling green, Ohio) I am
    now dropping calls and or actually getting the famous "No signal available"
    through out areas that were full sprint digital signal six years ago.





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  2. #17
    BR549
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    Re: If you've never used Nextel, try it out

    For the first 5 years I had sprint I couldn't be happier, I can't even
    remember calls dropping. But starting around 6 months ago I started getting
    occasional dropped calls from my home. It's so bad now that I can't make a
    call from home and talk for more than 10 minutes or so. After 9PM and on
    weekends it's worse. They've opened numerous trouble tickets and nothing is
    getting accomplished. Something happened to the tower location closest to
    my home but nobody at Sprint seems to care about fixing it. Like I stated
    before I'm looking at Cingular.

    "PRNole" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    I live in SW Fla (2 hrs south of Tampa, on the Gulf) and just
    transferred over to SprintPCS after 6 years w/Nextel. My secretary told
    me she had used Sprint about 5 years ago and found it lousy, in terms of
    dropped calls. During my Nextel days, I used to drop about 8 out of 10
    calls. I often found them dropped merely by switching the phone from one
    ear to the other, while sitting in my living room. I could not get up
    and walk around the house with the phone in use because I'd run the risk
    of dropping the call. Forget my pool deck, where it's all aluminum and
    mosquito netting -- could not make Nextel work there. Away from home,
    most calls worked OK except for a frequent loss of conversation on the
    other side (they stopped hearing me but I could hear them) regardless of
    whether they were using a landline or cell. Last, voice clarity was
    inconsistent, often clipped and at times cracking. During my time with
    Nextel I used their 1000plus, 730i, and 88-SR phones.

    I switched to Sprint merely 5 days ago and use their LG PM-325 (my son
    has a Sanyo MM-7400, my wife and daughter the LG 325). So far the
    difference in all areas mentioned above are significant and an
    improvement. The voice clarity couldn't be better, regardless of whether
    I'm on a call with my son and his Sanyo or some landline. Crystal
    clear, no clipping or cracking. As far as drops, none so far. I can
    safely switch the phone from one ear to the other, walk all around the
    house, upstairs or downstairs, no problems talking within the pool deck
    or garage. In sum, all calls so far made from within the house have
    worked 100%. Then, calls I make through my car's bluetooth system are
    also clear with no cracks or clips.

    To make this shorter, I've experienced none of the problems my secretary
    complained of when she had Sprint or that I have read in this nsg.
    Again, as mentioned in another thread, I'm not a novice user when it
    comes to cells. I started in 1989 with GTE Mobilnet and have been thru
    most all of them since, except Cingular and T-Mobile (which came out
    while I was using Nextel). I am aware the industry has significant
    problems across the spectrum of services, much of it depending on phone
    type, location, cell carrier, etc. So, I do expect problems with my
    Sprint service in the future....it's just that no problems have occurred
    so far and the difference in overall quality vs. Nextel has been
    remarkable. Lastly, I have no desire to bash Nextel either. It just
    didn't work for me.


    BR549 wrote:
    > Tampa, Fl 33615
    >
    >
    > "Steve Sobol" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > BR549 wrote:
    >
    >>I've had the same experience with Sprint as you, Newsguy. I had them for
    >>5
    >>years and they were great but over the last 6 months my dropped calls have
    >>gotten so bad that I can't stay connected for longer than 5 or 10 minutes
    >>at
    >>a time, nights and weekends are ridiculous. The numerous trouble tickets
    >>that I have made have gone unanswered. I can drive 1.5 miles from my
    >>house
    >>and stay connected for as long as I want. I think I will be looking at
    >>Cingular because of their rate plans.

    >
    >
    > Where?
    >
    > It would be very useful for the rest of us to know where people having
    > problems
    > are located.
    >



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  3. #18
    Steve S
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    Re: If you've never used Nextel, try it out

    Nextel worked great for me over a six year period here in Florida, 60 miles
    North of West Palm Beach (34950). Also worked well during trips through
    Florida for the most part. The last year and a half however has been
    downhill. Before the hurricanes this past summer, the service was not the
    best, but after the hurricanes it was not useable for several weeks.

    Nextel direct connect over the past six months is terrible compared to how
    it was three or four years ago. To many attempts to call someone before the
    direct connection is made. Then several times in an average conversation
    the call will fail. To bad to since direct connect was a great marketing
    feature. A local law enforcement agency recently upgraded to all new Nextel
    phones. The new phones do not work any better than the old ones.

    For the past 30 days I have been testing a Sprint Treo 650. It has worked
    without fail in all areas that are now to unreliable using my Nextel phone.
    I really hate leaving Nextel, but it looks like Sprint is the best choice
    for me and the agency I work for.

    I can only hope that in the next year or so, the Sprint/Nextel merger will
    offer improved services that take the best from both cell phone providers in
    upcoming models.

    Just my thoughts!

    Steve





  4. #19
    PRNole
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    Re: If you've never used Nextel, try it out

    I suspect part of the problem Nextel has had since the hurricanes in Fla
    is the high number of service and law enforcement users that descended
    on the state, most of which use Nextel, esp. 2-way calling. Many of
    those service people from out of state are *still* here, believe it or
    not, and still causing additional demands on Nextel. The part of not
    being useable for several weeks after (for me) Charley was due to the
    damaged towers as well as the high traffic demand by others using Nextel.

    Steve S wrote:
    > Nextel worked great for me over a six year period here in Florida, 60 miles
    > North of West Palm Beach (34950). Also worked well during trips through
    > Florida for the most part. The last year and a half however has been
    > downhill. Before the hurricanes this past summer, the service was not the
    > best, but after the hurricanes it was not useable for several weeks.
    >
    >
    >
    >



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  5. #20
    Newsguy
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    Re: If you've never used Nextel, try it out

    Chattanooga, TN

    I too have filed many complaints. You wouldn't believe the number of pages
    on my detailed billing because of dropped calls and having to call back....
    it's pathetic. And around 60% or so of the bill shows repeated numbers over
    and over right after each other which are the times I have to call back
    after dropping a call.

    And what gets me is that as I mentioned, I'm dropping calls in areas that
    NEVER used to drop a call. I've swapped phones to see if it was a phone
    problem.... even the all mighty and powerful Sanyo's drop too in the same
    areas. It's like Sprint has turned OFF some towers or something but they
    tell me that's ridiculous but yet can't answer why calls drop in places that
    didn't used to. This has also been confirmed by two other people I
    personally know that has Sprint service.

    I have not experienced the other problems that people have mentioned with
    Nextel thus far. It seems I'm lucky to be in a good Nextel area like others
    are in good SprintPCS areas. If I had to pick DC over Sprint's data
    services, I would stay with Sprint anyday... I also have an aircard on my
    account.... I hate carrying around two phones but my usage on Sprint has
    fallen from around 2000 mins/month to about 500 just because I hate using
    the phone now.
    "Steve Sobol" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Newsguy wrote:
    >> I've used SprintPCS for the last 8 straight years (still have them). But
    >> for the last year their service has gone to pits.

    >
    > Where?
    >
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    > Steven J. Sobol, Geek In Charge / [email protected] / PGP: 0xE3AE35ED
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  6. #21
    Newsguy
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    Re: If you've never used Nextel, try it out

    I75 from Chattanooga to Atlanta, GA has gotten worse too as well.


    "thunder" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >
    > "Steve Sobol" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    >> Newsguy wrote:
    >>> I've used SprintPCS for the last 8 straight years (still have them).
    >>> But for the last year their service has gone to pits.

    >>
    >> Where?

    >
    > Not to butt in, but in more and more spots on I-75 between Cincinnati,
    > Ohio and Detroit, Michigan. The Sprint service I once praised is now the
    > worst I have ever experienced. Dropping calls now in areas that I didn't
    > drop five and six years ago. My one year retention agreement is up March
    > 31 and it will be time to look else where. I currently have 1000 a/t with
    > unlimited n/w that start at 8pm for $50. If I cannot sell my 7400 I'll use
    > it for target practice with my glock 23.
    >






  7. #22
    Newsguy
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    Re: If you've never used Nextel, try it out

    Obviously the entired stretch is not dead... he might be using the phone a
    lot more than you and thus notices the problems more.

    The areas that I'm seeing that are dropping calls that didn't use too are
    very, very small. It's not like some areas that all of us know about that
    take a min or two to come back into service, it's like it will drop a call
    and instantly you can call right back and it will go through.


    "Chris Russell" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Did you get a new phone recently? I make that run (from Detroit all the
    > way down to Miami Lakes, FL) regularly and have had no problems with my
    > Nokia 3588i.
    >
    > Chris
    >
    > "thunder" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    >>
    >> "Steve Sobol" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]
    >>> Newsguy wrote:
    >>>> I've used SprintPCS for the last 8 straight years (still have them).
    >>>> But for the last year their service has gone to pits.
    >>>
    >>> Where?

    >>
    >> Not to butt in, but in more and more spots on I-75 between Cincinnati,
    >> Ohio and Detroit, Michigan. The Sprint service I once praised is now the
    >> worst I have ever experienced. Dropping calls now in areas that I didn't
    >> drop five and six years ago. My one year retention agreement is up March
    >> 31 and it will be time to look else where. I currently have 1000 a/t with
    >> unlimited n/w that start at 8pm for $50. If I cannot sell my 7400 I'll
    >> use it for target practice with my glock 23.
    >>

    >
    >






  8. #23
    Bubba DeBub
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    Re: If you've never used Nextel, try it out

    Could this have anything to do with Sprint selling their towers several
    months ago to a tower management company in Florida???

    Bubba

    "Newsguy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > I75 from Chattanooga to Atlanta, GA has gotten worse too as well.
    >
    >
    > "thunder" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    >>
    >> "Steve Sobol" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]
    >>> Newsguy wrote:
    >>>> I've used SprintPCS for the last 8 straight years (still have them).
    >>>> But for the last year their service has gone to pits.
    >>>
    >>> Where?

    >>
    >> Not to butt in, but in more and more spots on I-75 between Cincinnati,
    >> Ohio and Detroit, Michigan. The Sprint service I once praised is now the
    >> worst I have ever experienced. Dropping calls now in areas that I didn't
    >> drop five and six years ago. My one year retention agreement is up March
    >> 31 and it will be time to look else where. I currently have 1000 a/t with
    >> unlimited n/w that start at 8pm for $50. If I cannot sell my 7400 I'll
    >> use it for target practice with my glock 23.
    >>

    >
    >






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