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Sat, May. 6th, 2006, 04:45 pm
dorwrath: Question?

I have a question about Nextel's network etc.

Currently my wife and I have Cingular and my in-laws have T-Mobile. My work supplied me with a Nextel i520 for work purposes. When I visit my in-laws I have no Cingular coverage, my in-laws barely have coverage through T-Mobile however my Nextel work phone has full signal strength.

Today my father in-law decide to go get Sprint phones, when he got them back the signal was no better than the T-Mobile or Cingular. I thought because Nextel and Sprint sort of merged they would share each others network, am I wrong ?

Then we decided to look at Nextel's website and the personal side says there is no coverage in our area. Yet the Business side says there is coverage. I'm guessing the business and personal are two different networks ?

Sun, May. 7th, 2006 06:35 am (UTC)

Nextel and Sprint did merge. But the networks are still separate. So nextel uses their own towers and sprint uses their own towers still.

as for different coverage for business and personal, im not so sure about that.

Sun, May. 7th, 2006 11:09 am (UTC)

Maybe it's because they are not sharing the same towers.

I think they are going to take the sprint back and get nextel phones instead.

Mon, May. 8th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
elvatotato: merger.

nextel is under the iDen network. it will only have coverage where ever it has a tower with an approximate 8 mile radius. nextel owns all its towers and therefore never roams on any other network's towers. it simply cannot roam. business and personal accounts having separate towers/signal is a myth. they all use the exact same system. some public secotor accounts like fbi, cia, and other emergency agencies do have priority over the network.