Today: Roger the Plumber, Others Hanging onto What’s Left of Nextel for Dear Life

Keep it local…

That’s Roger the Plumber’s philosophy on buying local whenever he possible. Starting with the fading fast, push-to-talk Nextel phones he got from Kansas City-based Sprint.

That said, Sprint’s announcement that Nextel’s walkie-talkie like phone system will go away next year isn’t exactly helping Roger to keep the faith.

“They’re on the countdown, they’re starting to limit the service," he says. "Until now it’s always been impeccable.”

Making the transition to no Nextel very difficult.

“On May the 30th they eliminated five Nextel towers within five miles of my office in Overland Park,” Roger says. “So now I have to get up from my desk and walk over to my window to talk on the phone.”

Fortunately for Sprint, Roger’s looked over the competition and decided to hang with the hometown phone firm’s new “Direct Connect” push to talk system.

“We’ve ordered their new phones with GPS in them,” Roger says. “Sprint’s new push to talk will work the same way as Nextel’s. We’ll be able to talk, text, use pagers or direct connect to whoever we want to talk to without dialing them.”

Why that matters:

“It’s a great way to talk to workers out in the field without waiting for the phone to dial them and for them to answer. So with the new phones it won’t be a loss for me, except for going through what we’re going through now with the limited coverage until we get our new Sprint phones.

“It’s kind of a nuisance because for years I’ve heard about people having dropped calls and it never happened to me until now. But there’s been a big improvement in the Nextel technology, so all they had to do is upgrade the Sprint system technology and we’ll get far superior coverage.”

What about Verizon’s push to talk phones?

“Yeah, they’ve got it and I’ve tested it but it was very slow,” Roger says. “I mean, sometimes it took three or four or five seconds to connect where the Nextel was so quick. So it was annoying that you had this delay…I mean, you’d say something and you’d let off the button and then you had to wait for the response back.

“And the point of Nextel was always that it makes a sound and you know they got the message. Now with the new Sprint, there’s a slight delay, but it’s not that bad. But we’ve got to use it because it’s all we’ve got.

“Plus I’m a big believer in doing things with the hometown business. I don’t eat at chain restaurants and I think it’s a shame what’s happened on the Plaza. I can remember when practically every shop down there was local. And now it’s practically all chains.”

Another benefit to Roger’s switch from Nextel: he gets to ditch his crappy Blackberry and hop on the smart phone bandwagon. But unfortunately, not via an iPhone.

“They only have it on an Android, so I’ll be connecting on that, whatever it is,” Roger quips.

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13 Responses to Today: Roger the Plumber, Others Hanging onto What’s Left of Nextel for Dear Life

  1. paulwilsonkc says:

    This should be a Harvard business case
    because its one of, if not the worst, failed, ill concieved, poorly implemented mergers of all time. Two different corporate cultures, two different technologies, two wildly diverese worlds who never came together in any way for a single moment in time.

  2. smartman says:

    Can’t Afford Harvard B School
    How about not hiring idiots like Bill Esrey and Gary Forsee to run your company. And for those wishing to master the art of acquisition fuck Harvard, Kellogg and Wharton, just read The Art of War by Sun Tzu and The Prince by Machiavelli, the two BEST business books ever written. Also, The Idiots Guide To Plumbing is much less expensive than a service call from Roger.

  3. Orphan of the Road says:

    It wasn’t a merger
    It was an assassination. NEXTEL had started to build up a tremendous business client list. If you had technicians in the field, NEXTEL made everyone’s life a lot easier.

    Is the apocalypse upon us? I agree with smartman, Harvard Business School has gotten us where we are today. Wharton trained Trump, ’nuff said.

    Glad to see Rog getting the same treatment his staff gives seniors.

  4. chuck says:

    8 or 10 years ago, the best phone I ever had,
    that baaaddaasss Nextel you could throw it against a wall, it never dropped a call, the intant talk was perfect!

    The day sprint bought Nextel, every construction guy I know, on every site I ever went on bitched their asses off and complained, while missing the old service and the old phone.

    That nasty black phone was the best!

  5. BarKeeper says:

    Roger the Dislodger
    Tough shit, move along, whiner.

  6. Hearne says:

    Can we all get along?
    Maybe even without slandering people anonymously?

  7. smartman says:

    Nathan Jessup Says
    You can’t handle the truth! Take this advice. When you have a plumbing EMERGENCY think CODE BLUE and not CODE RED. When it’s not an emergency, shop around. Gator bite, Shark bite, and PEC connectors and tubing are making plumbers obsolete. Plumbing is not that hard. Unless you are flush with cash 90% of residential plumbing problems can be dealt with by the homeowner or if necessary go to Angie’s List for references of “handymen” some who work as low as cost + 10 on parts and $25.00 an hour with a two hour minimum.

  8. chuck says:

    smartman is right as usual.
    I watched a guy cabbage the tubing for his bathroom together and drop a shitter on the deck in 1/2 a day. The way the stuff goes together is amazing.

    Howdya like the construction colloquialisms girls?

  9. paulwilsonkc says:

    Hearne – Rodney King – RIP
    Im OUT

  10. Skeptic says:

    The Real Question Is….
    How will the coverage be inside of movie theaters?

  11. Rick says:

    Hearne
    you ought to do a story on Tony Gonzalez’s appearence in a Mustang commercial.

  12. Nope says:

    Rick
    That is Tony’s brother.

  13. Rick says:

    WOW
    look like twins

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