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Discussion in 'Sprint Forum' started by larry, Nov 21, 2006.
This is really good news! Sprint Rules!! Within a year, Verizon will be a wanna-be!
The merger is finally starting pay off in a big way for coverage. It took them a while to get things rolling but now it is very quick and easy for Sprint to add CDMA coverage in previously weak areas. The problems in the past were the result of having to find land deals and get lengthy zoning approvals which in some cases took years. Now they just convert the nearest Nextel site with CDMA whenever possible. The time frame is much less.
By the way Jim I'm sure we'll see a news release about So. Cal very soon.
I can't wait until they get up into Northern Michigan!!!
Is that the affiliate, IPCS's territory? If so then you won't see anything from Sprint about it.
Dang, stupid iPCS!!!!!!!!
Yeah Sprint keeps their distance from the affiliates. Maybe they'll finally decide to buy them out soon.
Nothing about Utah yet...
That's because they haven't done anything in Utah.
Once they do I will definitely consider them again. Please Keep me updated if you find something, larry.
I'm delighted to see Sprint start to advertise improvements. Verizon has done this for years. I hope all the carriers begin doing this.
Probably my single biggest frustration with Sprint/Nextel is the fact that they sell what are effectively two separate services with separate coverage maps. I cannot imagine how confusing this must be to novices who don't even know the history of Sprint and Nextel as separate companies.
Anyway, to my disappointment, I've never even seen one case where Sprint has added CDMA to a Nextel tower, and certainly not in Oregon. I eagerly await these improvements to hit my state.
It's happened already on several sites around the Eugene area, a lot near Portland and just about every Nextel site along 101 on the coast.
Sprint is adding bunches of new CDMA sites to existing IDEN sites all over the Southern CA area. I found another one under construction today.
This is where I hate Sprint for creating their affiliates. We hear about all the network improvements/expansions/upgrades Sprint is undertaking. While all these network improvements/expansions/upgrades are taking place only in corporate markets, and not in affiliate markets. Yes there are few affiliates left. Yes the affiliates that are left are the most undesirable of the affiliates. I personally think that Sprint needs to come right out and show everybody where affiliate markets are, who the affiliate is. All these press releases are confusing people here in my market, because we are an affiliate market (iPCS). People see the press release and think "more coverage", "I can roam for free on Alltel" etc...And then their Sprint phone wont work in any new places, but fewer than before. And they get their bill with all that Alltel roaming on it, I know of 1 person in particular who took their phone off of "Sprint only" for one week. Because they saw the Sprint press release about the Alltel roaming agreement and thought it applied to them. I informed them that was a big mistake, and when they got their bill with almost $200 worth of roaming on it they went ballistic.
In response to the idea that the roaming agreement affects all Sprint customers, I feel I need to tell what I know. Sprint roaming only applies to upgraded plans. If your friend is on a plan more than several months old they are under the same rules as always. Only if they switch to a new plan will they not be charged roaming. Just a thought.
Umm actually Sprint has been offering free roaming plans for a couple of years now. In some affiliate markets this might not have been the case.
Personally I applaud Sprint for letting everybody know about network expansions and upgrades. The announcements are years late in coming, and are badly needed right now. Although Sprint needs to make sure every Sprint/Affiliate customer knows if these announcements apply to them or not.
There was time when they used to do this back around circa 1998-2000. They would send fliers in the mail about every 2 months promoting improved coverage in certain spots. But that all stopped around late 2000.
Nextel still does this, every time a new site is about to go online I get a postcard in the mail about it. I have received 6 so for this year. I think Sprint needs to "black out" affiliate markets when it comes to it's advertising. Just to end the "confusion" caused by all the "network improvement" advertising going on. Everybody at work reads the ads in the Detroit Free Press then they want to get a Sprint phone. Only to find out roaming is not included in any of the plans and the network expansion's and upgrades to EVDO are not happening around here. I like Sprint advertising this stuff, but they need to quit advertising it in affiliate markets. Or simply force the affiliates to jump on board and "be just like Sprint" in every way. Only then we would have phone's/plans that work the same everywhere on the Sprint Network.
Exactly Correct. Sprint needs to have the same plans & features EVERYWHERE. Bring the affiliates in line somehow. Get it done one way or another. I amazes me how bad a big company can be. All they have to do is read a few of the various message boards like this one and they will soon find out what the public thinks. Yes, you find a few ding-bats on these boards that have to be ignored, but the executives should almost be forced to read these boards and fix the common problems that are being talked about.
There would have to be limits of how far a company would go. They could not offer FREE serivce like some people want. But they sure could fix the affiliate problem.
It is just pure stupidity to allow the affiliate problem to continue.
I see THREE main problems that could be fixed.
Lack of standard voice coverage in many areas while spending millions & millions to add EVDO.
and I even see a big fourth one
Management that is pure screwed up & it is a big-time screw-up
In all fairness to Sprint they did purchase almost every affiliate except for IPCS. So the vast majority of Sprint customers are in corporate territory and do get access to the same features and plans.
I actually got one of those fliers in ca. 2002 or 2003 when I was still a Sprint customer...I know I didn't trash it, but have no idea where it would be, otherwise I'd scan it for ya.
Yeah if you find it let me know. I have a collection of all of that stuff dating back to 1998. How about I scan and post a few of them soon?
Sounds good. I will take a break from writing papers for my finals and see if I can find it.
They did not purchase Shentel either. Central Pa, Western Maryland, West Virginia & some of Virginia suffers greatly today. Way past time to fix the problem.
Here's a screenshot of 4 new Sprint sites along the Oregon Coast where Sprint recently added CDMA to IDEN towers.
Wow, they are really heating this up. Great to see.
You haven't seen anything yet. Just wait until 2007!