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Sprint/Nextel slashes prices on CDMA/iDEN phone

Discussion in 'Sprint Forum' started by Fire14, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. Fire14

    Fire14 Easy,Cheap & Sleazy
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    Sprint Nextel slashes price on CDMA/iDEN ‘Blend’ phone


    On the heels of a phone launch it declared a “linchpin” in its efforts to maintain high-value iDEN subscribers while migrating them to its CDMA network, Sprint Nextel Corp. cut the online price of one of its CDMA/iDEN dual-mode phones from $40 to free. The “Blend” (aka ic402) was offered online for $40 in the first week of January; three weeks later, its price dropped to zero.

    The move appeared to reflect a degree of urgency at the nation’s third-largest carrier, which has suffered an erosion of its iDEN customer base due to network issues and the availability of push-to-talk services—iDEN’s core value proposition—at other carriers. Sprint Nextel did not made any other pricing changes during the past week.

    Sprint Nextel earlier this month launched the both the Blend and the Buzz, which it calls its “PowerSource” phones. The phones combine the carrier’s iDEN network for walkie-talkie services and CDMA network for voice and data services. The Buzz provides military-grade protection against dust, shock and vibration in a clamshell form factor; it was introduced at $60 with a two-year contract (with a $40 mail-in rebate). The carrier continues to maintain that price. The Blend was introduced at $40, but is now free.

    http://www.rcrnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070130/FREE/70130002/1001/FREE
     
  2. larry

    larry Sprint loyalist and former mod
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    You have to be a new customer or opening a new line of service and sign up for two years. That's hardly free for an exisiting customer who doesn't want to renew for 2 years. lol
     
  3. M in LA

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    When are they going to release the hybrid IC902? :confused:
     
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    Due to the lack of 800 Mhz roaming on the hybrids, I am passing on them entirely.

    Is anyone else doing the same, and waiting for Q-Chat?
     
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  5. SmArTeStChIlD421

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    i am not a fan of the walkie talkie feature cuz i have no one to chirp.......all my friends are Cingular and Verizon
     
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    I'm passing due to this issue.

    What is Q-Chat?
     
  7. AL904a

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    Take a look here, for a description of the push-to-talk system that will replace Readylink and iDen.
     
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  8. SmArTeStChIlD421

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    basically its the Direct Connect equivalent on Sprint's network........Sprint has their current Readylink PTT and Cingular and Verizon have PTT features but Sprint's and Verizon's never really took off so they havent been advertising them as much.........this new QChat is the closest that they have gottent to the Direct Connect feature

    many peoples guesses are that they will use the QChat feature to coax all of the Nextel customers over to Sprint when migration comes around
     
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    I WORK FOR NEXTEL/ SPRINT THE RELEASE DATE I GOT IF IT DOESN'T GET PUSHED BACK SHOULD BE JUNE 14 IF NOT IT SHOULD BE IN JUNE
     

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