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Posted: 10/30/2006 6:15:21 PM EST

in addition to 3 out of 4 calls basically failing / dropping / not going through / losing reception / not being able to make calls cause i have no receiption for no apparrent reason / getting voice mails and text messages DAYS after someone sends them,

i ALSO just got a higher bill than i was suppose to!

and all this while not going over my 1,000 anytime minutes, free nights and weekends, and free 2-way usage which 1/2 the people i know have nextel so i just talk to them on the FREE 2-way feature...

fuck sprint. fuck nextel. and i get this higher bill the same day they send me a letter saying how they "have greatly improved service since the merger and spent over $7 BILLION dollars for improvements"

fuck sprint. fuck nextel.

rant over
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 6:17:27 PM EST
Sprint Sucks.......enough said.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 6:20:04 PM EST
How old is your phone?
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 6:20:18 PM EST
My company phone is a Sprint, and that damn thing doesn't work half the places my personal Cingular phone does. It's a good thing I'm up to 4500+ Cingular rollover minutes, or I'd never be able to get in touch with my office when I'm in the field.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 6:26:10 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/30/2006 6:28:28 PM EST by Remy_Martin]
I absolutely cannot believe how HORRIBLE Nextel is. I switched from Verizon to Nextel and it has been the absolute worse decision of my life.

Drop a minimum of 4-5 calls a DAY, I receive my texts sometimes DAYS later!!!n Go from 4 reception bars to no service while standing STILL.

I get a discount through my job and still hate them.

I am going to pay the early termination fee and go back to Verizon.

DON'T BUY NEXTEL

ETA: oh yea i just got that stupid ass letter in the mail today also about their tower "upgrades"
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 6:27:41 PM EST

Originally Posted By Chris530:
How old is your phone?


its the i850 bought it this spring, so its not like its outdated....
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 6:28:38 PM EST
Dropped sprint and got T-mobile no problems in almost 2 years.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 6:30:48 PM EST
I had great luck with my Nextel in the Twin Cities area when I was there. That said Verizon was better by a smidge. Now that I'm in SC, its time for Nextel to go, but I don't know what I'm going to get as Verizon does not get shit for reception at my house either.

x156
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 6:30:53 PM EST
Gotcha. I wondered because I know that when I had talked with Sprint about my old phone and why alot of my calls were lost, they mentioned that they were doing away with antennas on the phones. They cited that as the main problem. I have an a900 now and I can't complain. I'm not sure if this is provider related but I have noticed issues with missed calls. Sometimes I don't get notified I missed a call till a day or two later.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 6:32:06 PM EST
At work we HAD Nextel, until they merged, and the service took a major downward dive.

Now all our phones are Verizon, much better, like Nextel USED to be, no 2-way, but thats ok for better service.

Lots of people are getting away from Nextel from what it sounds like.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 6:41:13 PM EST

Originally Posted By XDBACKUPGUN:
Sprint Sucks.......enough said.


+1
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 6:47:19 PM EST
I've had Sprint in three states over the last two years, and while it's not cheap, I have never dropped a call.

I hope you find a suitable carrier.

Link Posted: 10/30/2006 6:51:39 PM EST

Originally Posted By giacutter:
I've had Sprint in three states over the last two years, and while it's not cheap, I have never dropped a call.

I hope you find a suitable carrier.



The i850 is a Nextel phone if I remember right. That would mean he's on the Nextel network. The Nextel and Sprint networks are different technologies and don't work together. I still don't know why Sprint bought them.

And I've used my Sprint phone in a lot of states as well as Puerto Rico and Guam without a single problem.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 6:52:50 PM EST
I had nextel since they started up till 3 moths ago swicthed to verizon. the nextel coverage is worse now than when I first got them. In areas I used to have a full signal I would be lucky if I had one bar.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 6:56:35 PM EST
cingular - best all around coverage
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 6:58:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By jkstexas2001:
cingular - best all around coverage


Yep. And they just sent me a double bill.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 7:05:55 PM EST
I recently went on a road trip from Seattle to Kalispell, MT with a group of friends. We had Nextel, Verizon, Cingular, and T-Mobile phone among all of us. We were calling between 3 cars so we used the phones a lot. Coverage during the entire trip best to worst:

1) BEST: Verizon. Almost always had a signal, even through the passes.
2) Cingular, very close second. Several times we had a signal with Verizon but not with Cingular.
3) T-Mobile: Sucked donkey balls. Pretty much useless 50% of the time. Frequently had a strong enough signal to dial, but couldn't hear anything afterward.
4) Nextel: Once we left Seattle it never worked. Ever. So sorry!
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 7:12:56 PM EST
yeah, and on my hunting trips i get better reception 160 miles north of my house than i do in it...
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 7:15:49 PM EST

Originally Posted By XDBACKUPGUN:
Sprint Sucks.......enough said.


+elevendy billion

I've had sprint for the past 8 years and i hate them. Yet every time i try and leave they actually lower the price of my plan and let me buy a new phone for the discount price...not any more...soon as my latest contract is up...I'm changing
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 7:39:32 PM EST

Originally Posted By MrPink123:

Originally Posted By XDBACKUPGUN:
Sprint Sucks.......enough said.


+elevendy billion

I've had sprint for the past 8 years and i hate them. Yet every time i try and leave they actually lower the price of my plan and let me buy a new phone for the discount price...not any more...soon as my latest contract is up...I'm changing




"God, how I hate that girl! We have sex four or five times a week, and have been doing that for like five years! It's terrible! Hell, I'm headed over there right now!"

You know, there are other carriers out there. I am sure that the grass is greener wherever you will be headed. You really need to leave Sprint and find a carrier whose attractive spokeswoman will be awaiting you at your house in flowing robes with two glasses of fine scotch in her hands.

For all of you people that hate one carrier over another, it's because none of you know shit-all about how wireless works, what customers they serve, and how your bill and contract is created. Yet you want to blame the carriers for your incredible lack of comprehension and utter cluelessness.

You might have seen the key phrase "wireless" written three or four times here. That might imply that the transmission of your call occurs THROUGH SPACE. Often times, blocking that space are OBJECTS, like:

Hills
Trees
Leaves on trees
Buildings
Other antennae producing RF (Radio Frequency electromagnetic radiation)
Car bodies
Human bodies
Bad programming
Broken or defective hardware

You will note that there are very few of these things blocking transmission of RF signals in wireline phones. Consequently, wireline phones tend to work with a high degree of reliability, which is the gold standard by which you so ignorantly judge WIRELESS phones. After all, the Telecom industry only had what, almost 200 years since Morse did his magic to improve the network. Wireless has only been around since 1983 in the US.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 7:54:15 PM EST
I have had to contact two people who travel on a regular basis. Without fail, I hardly ever get a successful connection with the Nextel Person. I get the "please hold when trying to find the Nextel Subscriber" message and then voicemail - 4 out of 5 times. The other person, who has cingular, I believe - I can connect with a majority of the time. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE IN PROVIDERS. I HAVE SEEN IT IN ACTION.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 8:00:58 PM EST
SPRINT SUCKS BIG FAT DONKEY DICK!!!!

I feel so much better. I drop 4-5 calls a day. My phone actually goes into roam in my backyard. WTF over?
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 8:19:36 PM EST

Originally Posted By jkstexas2001:
I have had to contact two people who travel on a regular basis. Without fail, I hardly ever get a successful connection with the Nextel Person. I get the "please hold when trying to find the Nextel Subscriber" message and then voicemail - 4 out of 5 times. The other person, who has cingular, I believe - I can connect with a majority of the time. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE IN PROVIDERS. I HAVE SEEN IT IN ACTION.


Completely and utterly anecdotal. This observation has absolutely NO VALUE in the big-picture view. This is one experience amongst millions.

BTW, Nextel's network is very small. Its footprint is still likely larger than T-Mobile's. Cingular has a large network - until you get out west. Verizon has erected many digital towers at great cost, and has become coverage leader for all-digital, although some of their phones don't have any analog capability, which makes their effective coverage area smaller than Sprint's - until the wireless user buys a Sprint digital-only phone, then it evens out again.

Don't fall into this hooey about "X-Company's coverage area is bigger than Y-Company's," coverage area is what the general public likes to whine about. What is really important, however, is system reliabilty and quality of signal in highly-populated areas. Both Sprint and Verizon are very, very good at this. T-Mobile excels as well in strictly urban areas, but offers very little coverage in the sparsely-populated towns of the west. Nextel falls to the rear of this pack, although its in-city coverage is at least fair.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 8:24:48 PM EST
I'm finally getting rid of my nextel now that almost all of my friends don't have them anymore. Probably go to t-mobile just cuz they have a 1 year contract.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 8:49:46 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/30/2006 8:51:11 PM EST by samsong]

Originally Posted By kommisar:
I'm finally getting rid of my nextel now that almost all of my friends don't have them anymore. Probably go to t-mobile just cuz they have a 1 year contract.


Another well-informed consumer.

You might want to check that factoid there a little, Steve. T-Mobile went to two-year contracts about five months ago.

Good luck finding one. Really, the cell phones cost $150 to $600, depending on which one you buy. Do you think those "free" cell phones, whose purchase the carriers fund for consumers unwilling to part with the cash to buy them can have their costs recovered in one year of your cheap $39.99/month recurring charge?

No. It takes longer, sometimes on the phones that are the most expensive, 22 months to make our money back on a contracted deal.

That's why T-Mobile got away from the one-year contracts.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 8:54:23 PM EST

Originally Posted By jkstexas2001:
cingular - best all around coverage


Link Posted: 10/30/2006 8:57:49 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/30/2006 8:59:41 PM EST by jkstexas2001]
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Link Posted: 10/30/2006 9:05:49 PM EST

Originally Posted By samsong:

Originally Posted By MrPink123:

Originally Posted By XDBACKUPGUN:
Sprint Sucks.......enough said.


+elevendy billion

I've had sprint for the past 8 years and i hate them. Yet every time i try and leave they actually lower the price of my plan and let me buy a new phone for the discount price...not any more...soon as my latest contract is up...I'm changing




"God, how I hate that girl! We have sex four or five times a week, and have been doing that for like five years! It's terrible! Hell, I'm headed over there right now!"

You know, there are other carriers out there. I am sure that the grass is greener wherever you will be headed. You really need to leave Sprint and find a carrier whose attractive spokeswoman will be awaiting you at your house in flowing robes with two glasses of fine scotch in her hands.

For all of you people that hate one carrier over another, it's because none of you know shit-all about how wireless works, what customers they serve, and how your bill and contract is created. Yet you want to blame the carriers for your incredible lack of comprehension and utter cluelessness.

You might have seen the key phrase "wireless" written three or four times here. That might imply that the transmission of your call occurs THROUGH SPACE. Often times, blocking that space are OBJECTS, like:

Hills
Trees
Leaves on trees
Buildings
Other antennae producing RF (Radio Frequency electromagnetic radiation)
Car bodies
Human bodies
Bad programming
Broken or defective hardware

You will note that there are very few of these things blocking transmission of RF signals in wireline phones. Consequently, wireline phones tend to work with a high degree of reliability, which is the gold standard by which you so ignorantly judge WIRELESS phones. After all, the Telecom industry only had what, almost 200 years since Morse did his magic to improve the network. Wireless has only been around since 1983 in the US.




We have a winner!!!!!

Well put...
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 9:47:36 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 10:13:57 PM EST

Originally Posted By samsong:

Originally Posted By kommisar:
I'm finally getting rid of my nextel now that almost all of my friends don't have them anymore. Probably go to t-mobile just cuz they have a 1 year contract.


Another well-informed consumer.

You might want to check that factoid there a little, Steve. T-Mobile went to two-year contracts about five months ago.

Good luck finding one. Really, the cell phones cost $150 to $600, depending on which one you buy. Do you think those "free" cell phones, whose purchase the carriers fund for consumers unwilling to part with the cash to buy them can have their costs recovered in one year of your cheap $39.99/month recurring charge?

No. It takes longer, sometimes on the phones that are the most expensive, 22 months to make our money back on a contracted deal.

That's why T-Mobile got away from the one-year contracts.


Work at Radioshack selling cell phones or somethin?



I'm going to pre paid T-mobile or cingular, with an unlocked SLVR, as soon as my Nextel contract is up.
We don't use cell phones enough
I actually don't have any problems with nextel, other than it's too much damn money for the product, and the phones suck, compared to other options out there.

Link Posted: 10/30/2006 10:14:58 PM EST
They all suck and are a ripoff.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 10:46:00 PM EST
No prob's with Sprint here. Have the total replacement insurance for 6 bucks a month. This is on a Palm smart phone so it was expensive. Had a little crack in the screen and they gave me a new one no question.It was only a few months old. My 4000 plus minutes I used last month were only 75 bucks and I have no problems with dropped calls. Most of my celular calls are to other sprint phones and that 2000+ minutes only cost 10 bucks a month. I had 2 bars at my uncles farm when I was down in a holler between two ridges. Sometimes it's the quality of the phone not the carrier. No one elses phone I know even works down there.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 10:56:12 PM EST
Had Sprint for years, never had a bit of problem.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 11:13:24 PM EST
My sprint phone works great, and my air card kicks much ass as well. I have used a nextel at my old job and loved it, cell phone service was pricey though.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 11:29:15 PM EST
I just renewed my wireless phone service and was on my way to the Sprint store to switch over from SunCom.
Cingular service work phone is worthless, unless you are standing underneath a tower, so I knew I didn't want anything to do with them.
One last call to SunCom and they broke and gave me a "supposedly" great deal on 2 phones.

SunCom was switching their network from TDMA to GSM, therefore my old phones would no longer work. The old phone service TDMA was fantastic; great clarity from Cherokee National Forest to inside steel buildings.
This new GSM system sucks....with great intensity.

After long discussions with technical service, they inform me that SunCom uses Cingular tower service....explains why the home phone is no better than the work phone now.

I'll pick USPS before I buy another SunCom or Cingular phone.

Sprint or Verizon will be my next pick.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 12:01:08 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/31/2006 12:03:51 AM EST by kommisar]

Originally Posted By samsong:

Originally Posted By kommisar:
I'm finally getting rid of my nextel now that almost all of my friends don't have them anymore. Probably go to t-mobile just cuz they have a 1 year contract.


Another well-informed consumer.

You might want to check that factoid there a little, Steve. T-Mobile went to two-year contracts about five months ago.

Good luck finding one. Really, the cell phones cost $150 to $600, depending on which one you buy. Do you think those "free" cell phones, whose purchase the carriers fund for consumers unwilling to part with the cash to buy them can have their costs recovered in one year of your cheap $39.99/month recurring charge?

No. It takes longer, sometimes on the phones that are the most expensive, 22 months to make our money back on a contracted deal.

That's why T-Mobile got away from the one-year contracts.


When I was last shopping for phones around springtime it was still one year.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 2:42:01 AM EST
I love the IM I got for a poster in this thread.

Who else got IMs telling you that you are stupid because you think Sprint/Nextel sucks.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 2:45:36 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/31/2006 2:46:22 AM EST by pale_pony]
NEXTEL SUCKS DONKEYS!!!

Wouldn't do half what they promised when I signed the contract = Fraud in the Inducement of a Contract = Contract Null & Void.

I cancelled service because they defrauded me into contract. They tried to charge me $200 early cancellation fee.

I TOLD THEM TO BLOW IT OUT THEIR ASS. THEY TRIED TO SUE ME. I WON!!!
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 3:32:23 AM EST

Originally Posted By builttoughf250:

Originally Posted By Chris530:
How old is your phone?


its the i850 bought it this spring, so its not like its outdated....


well DUH its nextel. after metro pcs and alltel its the worst cell service in the country. WTF? were you thinking?
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 3:33:26 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 3:36:07 AM EST
I got Alltel it works, may change in a few months when my plans up.

I can get sprint cheaper here at work save like $30+ a month, and I still wont use them
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 3:41:43 AM EST
Can you hear me now??
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 3:47:59 AM EST
I had Nextel for 2 years and switched to Sprint PCS when my Nextel contract was finished.

I have noticed a remarkable degradation of service with Sprint. Dropped calls are very frequent, sometimes when I am stationary in a full signal strength zone. I have also identified a lot more 'dead zones' with Sprint.

The biggest thing that I have noticed is the delay in voicemail notification. I will get an alert for a voicemail message that was left for me days prior.

The upside is the high speed internet PCMCIA card. That's been pretty reliable -- although Verizon has the same service and even uses the same hardware.

I am not unhappy with Sprint per se, but I do get frustrated at the higher frequency of dropped calls.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 4:19:34 AM EST

Originally Posted By dpmmn:
I have had Nextel for a few years now, and if they dont get some better coverage soon I am going to drop them.


+1
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 4:37:52 AM EST

Originally Posted By XDBACKUPGUN:
Sprint Sucks.......enough said.




I have their wireless broadband card that (I think) operates through cell phone technology.

It is freakin' incredible! It's not as fast a my home cable connection, but pretty damn fast.

I'm not sure how much it costs, b/c it's company provided.


note : I'm in no way affiliated with any cellphone company. I use verizon for personal and my company uses sprint

Link Posted: 10/31/2006 4:38:58 AM EST
Now that I dont live in BFE I can go with other providers when contact is up, maybe Cingular.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 4:51:07 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 4:51:47 AM EST
My Sprint service works almost 50% of the time.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 4:55:44 AM EST
I've been with Sprint since some time in 1999 and am overall very happy with their service. I've had some issues with poor reception/lost calls - but that was more due to the type of phone, or the building I was in.
Link Posted: 10/31/2006 6:01:43 AM EST

Originally Posted By CZ75_9MM:
My Sprint service works almost 50% of the time.


Link Posted: 10/31/2006 7:17:48 AM EST

Originally Posted By XDBACKUPGUN:
Sprint Sucks.......enough said.


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