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  1. #1
    DRBETZ
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    (from Nextels' webite)
    Nextel is preparing to offer Wireless Local Number Portability (WLNP),
    the ability to switch wireless carriers without giving up your existing
    phone numbers.

    The service lets you come to Nextel and take advantage of Nextel's
    great services – Nationwide Direct ConnectSM coast-to-coast
    walkie-talkie service, Group ConnectSM one-to-many walkie-talkie
    service and Nextel Online® – without having to tell everyone that you
    have a new phone number!


    This ability to bring your current wireless or landline (business or
    home) phone number to Nextel will begin November 24, 2003.*
    Coming to Nextel has never been so easy.

    Starting November 24, here's what you can do:


    Contact Nextel to bring your current number to Nextel – you don't need
    to contact your current carrier!


    If you're a new Nextel customer, choose your phone and rate plan.
    Existing Nextel customers can:
    Activate a new Nextel phone with your current number
    Replace your current Nextel number with the number you're bringing to
    Nextel
    Activate a second phone line with the number you're bringing with
    Nextel's Alternate Line Service

    Once your request is processed your phone number will be activated on
    your Nextel handset and your service with your former carrier will be
    automatically deactivated. In most cases, the activation period is
    expected to take several hours to complete.**
    * WLNP may not be available in all markets and from all
    telecommunications providers. Other limitations apply.

    ** Early termination and other fees from your former carrier may
    apply.

    Looks like they are going to use WLNP as a sales tool.

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  2. #2
    Lawrence G. Mayka
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    Re: NEXTEL and WLNP

    "DRBETZ" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > automatically deactivated. In most cases, the activation period is
    > expected to take several hours to complete.**


    Hahaha. Does anyone even imagine that carriers like Sprint are going to give up
    a phone number within hours? Sprint's current position, as I understand it, is
    to hold the phone number until the subscriber pays his last bill. Since Sprint
    is incapable of computing a phone bill on the fly, that means waiting until the
    end of the billing period, then a few more days for Sprint's billing true-up.

    Unless the FCC issues some forceful regulations very soon, moving your number to
    a new carrier may take up to a month. And believe it or not, in other forums
    Sprint employees have actually been defending this willful sloth. One Sprint
    employee said, "All you have to do is plan your move a couple weeks in advance."
    (!)





  3. #3
    Phill.
    Guest

    Re: NEXTEL and WLNP

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "Lawrence G. Mayka" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Hahaha. Does anyone even imagine that carriers like Sprint are going to give
    > up
    > a phone number within hours? Sprint's current position, as I understand it,
    > is
    > to hold the phone number until the subscriber pays his last bill. Since
    > Sprint
    > is incapable of computing a phone bill on the fly, that means waiting until
    > the
    > end of the billing period, then a few more days for Sprint's billing true-up.
    >
    > Unless the FCC issues some forceful regulations very soon, moving your number
    > to
    > a new carrier may take up to a month. And believe it or not, in other forums
    > Sprint employees have actually been defending this willful sloth. One Sprint
    > employee said, "All you have to do is plan your move a couple weeks in
    > advance."
    > (!)



    One of the good things that can be said about Sprint is that it has some
    loyal employees.



  4. #4
    DRBETZ
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    Re: NEXTEL and WLNP


    I called NEXTEL today to inquire about switching plans after WLNP comes
    into effect. The CSR asked me what my current plan was with SPRINTPCS
    and how much I was paying. I told him, and he came back with their
    competitive plan (about $25.00 more than I am paying with SPRINT, no 7
    p.m. n&w, but 800 anytime minutes instead of 500). I thanked him and
    told him I wasn't interested as I was still under contract with SPRINT
    and even if I wasn't, I would wait until WLNP was in effect before
    changing carriers. This is where he got aggressive...
    He offered me $200.00 rebates on each of the 4 phones I would purchase,
    and he said they would also waive the activation fee. He also told me
    that if I wanted to switch now, NEXTEL would issue me temporary numbers
    until the end of November. He told me to call SPRINT and put my account
    on a vacation plan until then, and I would have no ETF with them once
    the numbers could be carried over to NEXTEL, and the account was
    cancelled.
    I wonder what kind of deals and tricks these carriers are going to come
    up with to retain or entice business once this thing happens if they
    are doing this now?

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