It's funny how you hear things that are similar. yet different. Sprint did not 'sell' the frequencies to the Government, the frequencies were taken by the FCC. Nextel IDEN will be around until 2012, when the frequencies are no longer acessible to them.
At this point, Nextel is working on a new technology they are calling Q Chat. It is probably VOIP, but it is in its infancy and will develop as it grows. I hope they come up with something as quick and simple as direct connect. If Q Chat is that good then Sprint will take the lead. I wouldn't be surprised to find that Q Chat is a video cell phone....the Jetson's are coming...
Nothing matters, and what if it did?