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Sprint could close its iDEN push-to-talk network as soon as June 30th, 2013

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Sprint could close its iDEN push-to-talk network as soon as June 30th, 2013
With Sprint desiring to use its 800MHz spectrum for 4G LTE instead of iDEN flavored push-to-talk, the carrier has set a rough "expiration date" after which it will no longer provide Direct Connect service using iDEN technology. Sprint says that it could halt its iDEN service as soon as June 30th, 2013. Government customers will receive a written notice on June 1st, 2012 and will inform its other customers, who generally range from hard hat wearing construction workers to other businesses where a quick, one-touch connection is important. Sprint wants to use the 800MHz spectrum currently assigned to iDEN for its LTE network and offers a CDMA powered Direct Connect service using its 3G pipeline.

The Motorola Admiral provides push-to-talk service over Sprint's CDMA Direct Connect network

The Motorola Admiral provides push-to-talk service over Sprint's CDMA Direct Connect network

The CDMA based Direct Connect launched in October last year and last month added International Direct Connect which allows for PTT service between Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Brazil and Chile. The carrier 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

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posted on 29 May 2012, 13:32 1

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.

posted on 29 May 2012, 20:58

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.

posted on 29 May 2012, 13:37 3

2. Birds (Posts: 984; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I got scared for a minute. I hate when I half read stufff......

posted on 29 May 2012, 16:24

3. MartyK (Posts: 711; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


lol, same here!..lol

posted on 29 May 2012, 20:28

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

posted on 29 May 2012, 20:29

5. doctorx (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 May 2012)


PS: BOOST MOBILE ONLY...!

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 15:02

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.

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