View Full Version : Has anyone switched from Nextel to another

08-26-2003, 04:30 PM
I am fed up with our Nextels.. They are great but the service in my area for the past few months has sucked big time. I drop about 7 or 8 calls a day, always busy, can't get connection etc. I was just wondering has anyone stopped using nextel and just started using regular cell phones. If so how does it work out.. We have about 13 phones all together, and I am thinking about switching to Verizon or something simliar... thanks

08-26-2003, 06:02 PM
Man, no way. I've been with Verizon, Att and TMobile, asnd now on Nextel, it's great. Plus they now have direct connect which saves me sooo much time and money.

08-26-2003, 06:27 PM
i'm "switching" to nextel tomorrow. Unfortunately my old plan on verizon isn't done until July 2004. So, i'm getting a package w/ unlimited Direct Connect for $40. there's no cell minutes included, which i won't need since i've got my old phone still. Another reason i'm sticking w/ verizon at the same time is they have the best coverage in my area, along w/ coverage where i travel to frequently where nextel does not.

Rich's Lawn Care
08-26-2003, 06:28 PM
Just ordered 3 Nextel phones today. can't wait to use the direct connect.

08-26-2003, 06:57 PM
nextel sucks in my area swithced to at-t very few dropped calls
and it is a whole lot cheaper

08-26-2003, 07:15 PM
Right now I can make 600 mins of calls a month, and I get unlimited incoming calls with unlimited direct connect. unlimited web and unlimited something else. I've every service unlimited except for outgoing calls. my plan is like 60 a month or something. But next summer Im going to the 150 a month for unlimited everything.

Randy J
08-26-2003, 07:20 PM
I started to switch from Nextel, because here in central Missouri their coverage is kind of spotty, but no other company could touch their price or their service. Especially after Nextel added a bunch of free minutes to our plan.


Rob T
08-27-2003, 09:33 AM
Yeh, been with Nextel for several years. Coverage has gotten beter but it's still spotty. works good in highly populated areas only.

Last year there must have been a problem at Nextel. I kept getting calls on my phone and when I awsered it I was hearing another partys conversation. Then I would get a call from someone I knew (caller Id) and when I pickup theres someone else one the other end. One time I went to make a call and I'm in a 3 way conversation with some strange people. Was weird at first, kind of funny almost. Then after about the 4-5th time it started getting old. That has since stopped. Been OK this year.

08-27-2003, 04:10 PM
Jml - Have you considered contacting Nextel? At least your local rep.

With you operating 13 phones, im sure the folks there would bend over backwards for you.

08-27-2003, 06:31 PM
Believe it or not, they won't do anything for me. I have called and threaten to leave, they say ok we'll transfer you to cancellations.. My uncle who has only two phones gets everything and anything he wants.. I guess I just have bad luck with who I talk to.. I have three phones that have the unlimited plan $99 unlimited cell incoming/outgoing, and unlimited two way, and no long distance.. Because of that plan and no one can match it, that is the only real reason why I haven't left yet... The main reason we do one condo complex where I have two crews there for a day and half and it is a major deadspot, no one in my crews gets service... I used to love Nextel, the service and customer service, now I have nothing but bad things to say......

08-27-2003, 08:42 PM
I keep hearing about Verizon getting 2-way service but it keeps getting pushed back. Anyone know anything about this?

08-27-2003, 09:29 PM
Its out in NJ, waiting for some people to get it, so I can hear some feedback..

08-28-2003, 01:55 PM
I have been thinking about switching Nextels, but what else is really out there that offers a good two way.

08-28-2003, 11:19 PM
Believe it or not, I have a 2000 any time minute shared sprint plan with 2 phones.

$100 a month.

Free sprint to sprint in an out. works great for me....

Groundcover Solutions
08-29-2003, 12:03 AM
Verizon is coming out with a "Push To Talk" service. Once they have this service out, should be pretty soon, it will force nextel to work on there service. I don't see verizon pulling away too many people because verizon and nextel will not be able to comunicate with each other. With most contractors in my area on nextels and good service in our area i don't see many people changing over to verizon. Hopefully it will give nextel some competition to deal with forcing them to drop prices and increase coverage area.

Groundcover Solutions
08-31-2003, 04:27 PM
the verizon PTT service is out now. you can check it out on there site verizonwireless.com there is not much info on them yet and they only have one phone to choose from. Just thought I would let you all know

09-01-2003, 09:33 AM
OK here is a tech guy's point of view. All wireless services have problems. What you are looking for is the best of the worst. I had nextel for 5 years and I was getting sick of the commercials saying talk to anybody instantly!!! when over half of the time all I heard was computer garble. I switched to Sprint and have 3 phones on a shared plan. I found that if you put your most talked to people on speed then you just push that number and send it is actually faster than nextel, you just hear the ringing. I cut my cell expences by over 50 %. Version PTT servoice is out in michigan but the price is about the same as nextel. No cost savings. I am staying with Sprint.

craigs lawncare
09-01-2003, 10:25 AM
Yes, I have Nextel and the service is at best mediocre, yet I feel I pay top dollar, $80.00 per month for two phones.
Good to see some other competition like Verizon in this market. :blob1:
As we all know, the market for cell phones is fierce, maybe Nextel or Verizon will lower their price a little, or offer more service at the same rates in an attempt to win over customers. Once this happens, the cell phone war will begin in the two way market. :blob3: :blob4: :blob1: :D

09-02-2003, 12:25 AM
I just switched from Nextel to Verizon this past month. I finally got sick and tired of Nextel constantly ----ing me up the ---. Their rates are the highest in the industry as far as I know. Their customer service is garbage at best, getting service at some times can be a real problem. I am glad I got rid of them. I hope Verizon helps see to it that they rot in Hell.

09-02-2003, 01:59 PM
Originally posted by PJ Binder
nextel sucks in my area swithced to at-t very few dropped calls
and it is a whole lot cheaper

Speak for yourself...I have it and like it. Much better than the Verizon I had. Maybe you should have tried a different phone? I upgraded to the I90c and seem to get much better reception. Not to mention they are adding a new tower on Route 1 in Glen Mills where is was really bad service. I would only suspect service will be getting better as they add more towers.

09-02-2003, 02:59 PM
Personally, I always LOVED it when I would try to make an important call and it would come up with "system busy" or something like that.:angry:

09-14-2003, 01:54 AM
Have Nextel, direct connect is great....cuts down on cell min. I have only gone over my minutes 1 time in the past year. Some of the cons are: your first bill is through the roof and coverage is not great outside metro areas.

09-14-2003, 11:13 AM
No problems with our Nextels
We just luv the buggers..................

09-14-2003, 11:12 PM
Ntelos here. Used to be PrimeCo. 1800 anytime mins. Unlimited night and weekend, long distance included, first incoming min. free
and two phone lines for $90 a month. FYI, in November you can change service providers and keep your current cell number!!!

09-15-2003, 08:52 PM
we tried verizon push to talk phones, and gave them back. Have 15 nextels, service isn't great, but did not like the others the phones would never hold up to the beating that the nextels get day to day from us. we told them we would try again when they come out with a different phone. they do have better service than our nextels, but were not as easy to hear on them, could not hear with machines running nearby and just driving down the road was even hard to hear at times

MT Lawn Care
09-20-2003, 10:33 PM
if it's nextel or any other cell phone , it all depends on the towers they own. Here in F.L. nextel is the king .

09-20-2003, 11:52 PM
I switched from Nextel to Verizon. "Nextel I could never get right thru". I'm much happier with verizon

09-26-2003, 02:42 AM
I HAD verizon; phone was clear and not bad but, customer service SUCKED. They would give me a bill WAY over what it should have been and then tell me "sorry we can't do anything about it." They also didn't have very well english speaking reps at the CS center.

I currently have T- mobile and get 650 anytime, unlimited weekend/ long distance, and web/ weather for $43 month, I also have a color screen and a camera. GREAT customer service.

09-26-2003, 02:48 AM
i had verizon two years ago SUCKED last bill $445.00 plan was 80.00 a month did not go over minutes or anything and they wouldn't change bill. I pd it and told them where to shove it. Been with Nextel since and love it, discontinued home service too.

Firefighter Dave
09-26-2003, 10:14 PM
Love Nextel.... We have them for our firefighter's and comand staff. They are not the greatest for coverage if you leave major cities or expressways. I still can't believe people get upset about dropped calls or "won't connect" with a phone that doesn't have wires... look how far we have gone, think of it that way. If you have that "really important" call to make; make it at home or use a payphone on the side of the road!


Robert T
09-28-2003, 12:07 AM
My wife works for Verizon When I told her that I wanted to Try nextel she told me they are owned by Verizon. Verizon wireless is the old GTE wireless And nextel is The Bell atlantic service...
Either way I have never had any problems with verizon just wanted to try the walkie talkie feature...Now VZ has it but the phone is expensive and looks chinsy!