Several properties of nonsoliton evolution are investigated, aiming at the possibility of using nonsoliton inputs as signal carriers in soliton-based optical fiber communications. Numerical results show that nonsoliton inputs can propagate stably while evolving into an oscillatory solitonlike central part and dispersive tails distributed on both sides. This is true when the fiber loss is considered and the Raman compensation technique is applied. It is also shown that when nonsolitons are used as inputs, the interactions between two neighboring bits are stronger than that between two ideal solitons. The cross-phase modulation between two channels during soliton evolution produces two effects: the pulses become asymmetric, and the pulse propagation speeds are changed. Both effects are attributed to the oscillations of the pulse shape during evolution. Even with these effects, the pulse can still propagate stably over a long distance.