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AT&T is trying to pick off Sprint’s remaining push-to-talk subscribers

Published Nov 13th, 2012 10:05PM EST

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Sprint’s (S) merger with Nextel in 2005 was one of the most epic disasters the telecom world has ever seen, as the carrier had difficulty properly integrating Nextel’s iDEN network and customer support in with its own CDMA-based network and customer support. The result was that Sprint lost millions of customers over the span of several years and the company is still struggling to recover. And now AllThingsD reports that AT&T (T) is trying to deliver one last humiliation to Sprint by announcing plans to pick off Sprint customers who still want quality push-to-talk services. Among other things, AllThingsD says AT&T is emphasizing that “its push-to-talk service, unlike rivals, works on its latest-generation LTE network” and that it “hopes to woo on the order of 10 percent of the remaining [Sprint] customers over to its own push-to-talk products.”

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.