Illustration for article titled Sprint to Revive Nextel With Wi-Fi BlackBerry and CDMA Phones

According to a Gearlog report from CTIA, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse is promising an unnamed new iDEN BlackBerry with both push-to-talk and Wi-Fi, a full-featured smartphone to put some juice into the abysmal Nextel network. He also pledged new phones from Sanyo, Samsung, Motorola and LG that run on the CDMA network most Sprint customers use, but will have Nextel's push-to-talk and other "chirp" services. This sounds to me like waffling: if iDEN can't attract handset makers and has no high-bandwidth roadmap, why encourage the format? I'm all for moving in the CDMA direction and easing customers in with familiar services, but hasn't that been the plan all along? And hasn't it been failing? [Gearlog via Electronista]


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