Sprint and Boost Mobile are no longer selling iDEN-based phones
Furthermore, it seems to be more widespread as Boost Mobile, one of Sprint’s prepaid subsidiaries, is also moving forward in ceasing all sales of iDEN devices that run on Sprint’s iDEN network. Well, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to check out some kind of chirping push-to-talk device, since newer devices are now relying on Sprint’s CDMA network for its DirectConnect feature.
Previously, we were all made aware that the entire network would shutter on the planned date of June 30, 2013, which is still well over a year at this point – but in the meantime, Sprint is making the proactive effort of achieving its goal by no longer selling iDEN-based phones. As we get closer to that end date for its iDEN network, we’ll probably hear more regarding Sprint’s plans on helping customers with iDEN phones to transition over to newer devices that rely on DirectConnect.
source: Sprint via Phonescoop
1. italiapride503 (Posts: 13; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
its going to mean big things for sprint...just you people wait and see...
4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 5360; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Sprint already has the iPhone. Only big thing is network improvement.
7. sprockkets (Posts: 1464; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
"Sprint already has the iPhone. Only big thing is making a profit over it."
11. italiapride503 (Posts: 13; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
sprint is in the process of decommissioning the iDen towers...tearing them down and opening up the entire spectrum so that LTE can and will be possible....that is going to mean improved network coverage, no more dropped calls or data drops....it should be completed for the entire us by the end of next year i believe.
2. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
i heard about this 2 years ago when i worked at sprint.
5. lsutigers (Posts: 792; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
It takes awhile to decommission a nationwide network while doing everything you can to mitigate iDEN losses and convert them to CDMA PTT.
They had to deploy the CDMA Direct Connect network, test it, have a good Sprint Direct Connect product portfolio including smartphones, the Direct Connect Android app which should be out very soon and time to migrate long term customers slowly.
3. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 485; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)
Long live i875. Lol just kidding. That battery was awful.
6. alan_1230 (Posts: 79; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)
Well it's a start to stop the older devices and i hope this is a sign that they are closer to releasing lte !
8. Libra1985 (Posts: 47; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
Sprint priced all Direct Connect enabled phones on the CDMA Network down to .99...plus a few others, but ONLY for IDEN customers looking to make the switch to CDMA....oh yeah 2yr contract
10. Doakie (Posts: 1467; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Really? This is the first I've heard of that. That's a great move to attempt to keep all the iDEN customers.