Sprint could close its iDEN push-to-talk network as soon as June 30th, 2013
currently offers four handsets using the CDMA Direct Connect, Kyocera DuraMax Kyocera DuraCore, Kyocera DuraPlus and the Motorola Admiral.
If you're currently using an iDEN powered handset, it probably is time to start thinking about replacing your handset with a CDMA Direct Connect enabled phone even though you have over a year remaining before the service will stop. The company has already stopped offering iDEN enabled handsets in many locations and will widen that out to other locations in the months ahead. Sprint says that it will continue to support customers using iDEN during the transition period and will help them make the switch to CDMA Direct Connect. It's all about Sprint's Network Vision plan that consolidates all of Sprint's network technologies into one up-to-date "seamless network".
source: Sprint Press Release
Sprint to cease service on its iDEN network as early as June 30, 2013; Company continues to facilitate migration of iDEN customers to Sprint Direct Connect Service
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), May 29, 2012 - Sprint today announced plans to transition business and government customers from its iDEN (2G) Nextel National Network onto Sprint® Direct Connect® -- its next-generation, push to talk service, which operates on Sprint's 3G CDMA network. Sprint also announced that it plans to cease service on the iDEN Nextel National Network as early as June 30, 2013 as part of its Network Vision plan -- a series of network updates designed to offer next generation network capabilities to customers.
Sprint will send written notices to business and government customers beginning June 1, 2012 regarding the iDEN Nextel National Network shutdown. The company will continue to notify customers of favorable offers designed to facilitate a smooth migration to Sprint® Direct Connect®. Additional notices are planned for distribution to the iDEN base multiple times over the next year as the shutdown of the iDEN Nextel National Network becomes more imminent.
Sprint launched Sprint Direct Connect, the industry's newest PTT gold standard, in October of last year. The service provides broadband data capabilities, familiar push-to-talk features, and rugged and reliable handset options. Sprint Direct Connect coverage is expected to broaden throughout 2012.
Over the past eight months, Sprint has announced four rugged Sprint Direct Connect handsets catering to push-to-talk users including the Kyocera DuraMax, Kyocera DuraCore, Kyocera DuraPlus and the Motorola Admiral™. Last month, Sprint made International Direct Connect? available on its Sprint Direct Connect devices, expanding the reach of push to talk capabilities to and from Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile.
Network Vision represents a nationwide update of the Sprint network using the newest, most-advanced equipment in the industry. Sprint plans to consolidate multiple network technologies into one seamless network with the goal of increasing efficiency and enhancing network coverage, call quality and data speeds for customers.
Network Vision is expected to add net economic value for Sprint from reduced roaming costs, cell site reduction, backhaul efficiencies, more efficient use of capital, and energy costs savings. Sprint anticipates that iDEN Nextel National Network push to talk functionality will become inoperable as early as June 30, 2013; however, Sprint CDMA voice and data services on PowerSource devices (dual mode iDEN and CDMA devices) will still be available. The company has already discontinued selling iDEN devices in certain channels. It will discontinue selling iDEN devices in all channels and all brands carrying iDEN Nextel products over the next several months. Sprint will continue to support customers with iDEN devices during the network transition and will work with those customers to ease their transition to Sprint's CDMA service.
1. Libra1985 (Posts: 45; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)
yeah they have a CDMA push to talk service, they are trying to get IDEN customers to jump on but from what I'm hearing it sucks and service is choppy, especially in the more rural areas.
6. lsutigers (Posts: 723; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
This is a new software / network based service running on 1xRTT and 3G network that is much less of a bandwith hog. The old service was QChat (not so good) which was a huge bandwith hog and only worked over 3G. The company I work for just started upgrading iDEN Nextel Direct Connect handsets to new CDMA Sprint Direct Connect and the transition has been seamless. The new CDMA PTT is just as fast as iDEN and interoperability between networks is great. They finally got it right.
They also told us they will be releasing an android app to add the capablity to non Direct Connect handsets.
2. Birds (Posts: 984; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
I got scared for a minute. I hate when I half read stufff......
4. doctorx (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 May 2012)
you dont have to BUY another phone. Boost mobile will send a CDMA phone for free if you call them, tell them that your phone IDEN push-to-talk phone is lost, stolen, broken or dropping calls, having no service and that you received a text message saying that towers are being removed from your area and they will offer you a free replacement handset CDMA...YES...4 FREE...but you have to meet the following requirements:
1-make at least 2 monthly payments or if you are on the daily plan had added at least $200.
2-had never received a replacement handset before.
3-account must be active.
I know what i am telling you because i currently provide them with what they call ''Customer Service''.
CALL 1-888-266-7848 PRESS 1, 1, 0, 2. TO GET TO WHAT ''THEY'' CALL CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE...docx
7. shezacat (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Sep 2012)
doctorx, how can this be? Every time I ask, I'm told they have no cdma ptt phones available.