Push To Walk: Sprint's iDEN service set to pass away on June 30th

Push To Walk: Sprint's iDEN service set to pass away on June 30th
Over a year ago, Sprint said that it could close down it's iDEN push-to-talk network on June 30th. Sure enough, a little more than a year later the carrier says that it will pull the plug on iDEN at 12:01 am June 30th. That means the final full day of service will be June 29th and on that day Sprint will be busy trying to get iDEN customers moved over to its Direct Connect service. According to the carrier, Direct Connect has three times the service area that iDEN has.

Sprint says that it will recycle all of the equipment that it can't use once it turns the power off on the iDEN network. That amounts to more than 100 million pounds of equipment that Sprint will be saving from the landfills by recycling things like batteries, radios, cables, executives and concrete shelters. The latter will be used to make a composite for roads and bridges. Locations with CDMA and LTE equipment will be left untouched except for iDEN equipment.

On June 30th, Sprint will start shutting down switch locations in rapid succession followed by the powering down of equipment and the elimination of back haul at each cell site. Bob Azzi, Sprint senior vice president-Network is telling all current iDEN subscribers to migrate to Direct Connect now before they lose service. The new service offers 3G broadband capabilities and International Direct Connect offers service all the way to Latin America.


source: Sprint

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11 Comments

1. PhoneAddiction

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

R.I.P.

2. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

More like 'Push to Grave' like it's coverage, if you ask me.

3. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

it's been fun Nextel... but your time is done. Leave us your frequencies and let us spin that into enhanced 4G LTE building penetration and increase coverage

4. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

Now they can start using iDen's spectrum and make Sprint better

5. fjftokyo

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

No more churps no more ghetto people letting us know about their personal life on speaker phone

7. max9777

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

Uhm, your wrong here, Sprint has Direct Connect, which is pretty much the same thing!!! The only thing is, it does not operate on IDEN network.

9. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

An it has nothing to do with ghetto people. Many large and small companies run their business on Direct Connect.

10. DonkeySauce

Posts: 194; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

It barely operates on the CDMA network :(

6. TruPatriot

Posts: 110; Member since: May 27, 2013

800mhz LTE can't get here fast enough. You're only like 2 years behind, Sprint.

8. max9777

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

I agree with you, hopefully this SoftBank merger will be successful and help Sprint establish it's LTE network on 800mhz faster!

11. max9777

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

Well I never said Ghetto people used it. I used to work for sprint and I only had DC sales on large businesses. i think fjftokyo meant ghetto as in kids in HS using DC as the new fab to be cool. Thats about as far i can remember this being a nuisance.

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