to cease service on its iDEN network as early as June 30, 2013; Company
continues to facilitate migration of iDEN customers to Sprint Direct
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
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
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
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.