Both services have their pros & cons.
Verizon Wireless uses CDMA digital, so you'll be able to use a Verizon Wireless phone on another network if you need to, as long as there's digital. If you get a tri-mode phone, you'll also have analog as long as there's analog in that area too, but analog is slowly being phased out. Verizon Wireless is also more likely to work in rural areas than Nextel. Verizon also has walkie talkie, but it doesn't work as well as Nextel's walkie talkie. Phone brand selection is better too (when comparing Verizon & Nextel), though not as good as the GSM services. I consider Verizon affordable too.
Nextel uses IDEN, a proprietary digital standard, and their phones don't have analog or other digital backup, so you either have service, or you don't. So if you go off the network, your phone won't work, and if you have an emergency, you're screwed. Nextel works best in major cities, and not as good in rural areas that have Nextel towers. Cost is higher than Verizon. But if you like the walkie talkie and most people you know have Nextel, you can save some money by talking to your friends & family with the walkie talkie. Nextel phones are made by Motorola only. One thing to consider is Nextel is in the process of being bought out by Sprint. No one knows what will happen with Nextel if Sprint is allowed to buy Nextel. Will it stay a separate company, or be merged into Sprint's service. If that happens; who knows if IDEN will be retained since only Nextel uses IDEN. Walkie talkie hasn't been perfected with CDMA yet.
Hi, I just wanted to know the major difference between Nextel and Verizon. Does Verizon cover more areas than Nextel? I'm thinking about switching to either Nextel or Verizon. I need some advice. I would like to hear from both users....Your reply is greatly appreciated!