Sprint to add an additional $10 charge per month for iDEN subscribers starting in January

Sprint to add an additional $10 charge per month for iDEN subscribers starting in January
Sprint plans on turning the switch off its iDEN network on June 30th, 2013. In order to hasten subscribers' migration to the carrier's new CDMA-Direct Connect network, Sprint is charging $10 a month extra to those deciding to stick to their current iDEN plan. The extra billing will end after June when the network is turned off and the 800MHz spectrum is re-farmed for LTE use.

Sprint is advising current iDEN subscribers to make the move now, before January rolls around, bringing the extra $10 charge with it. A Sprint spokesman said that those who rollover to CDMA-Direct Connect should find a price plan that is "comparable to what they have now. They are also eligible to receive a variety of very attractive device offers." Online, Sprint currently offers three PTT phones with Direct Connect. The Kyocera Rise is free with a 2-year contract, the LG Optimus Elite which is $29.99 on contract and the Motorola Admiral which costs $49.99 with a 2-year contract.

There is some competition with the recent launch of AT&T's enhanced PTT service which runs over the carrier's 3G/4G pipeline including its 700MHz LTE network.

source: PhoneScoop



1. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

There's more than 3 devices with push to talk...where did they get that number? Kyocera DuraCore, DuraXT, DuraPlus, Motorola Admiral, DuraMax for starters...there should be some more added with PTT apps, making most any Sprint devices capable. Not only that, anyone with a Nextel device also gets special offers that were probably mailed to them anyways...$0.99 for all of those devices and $50 for an iPhone 4S or Evo LTE. As for the $10 add on, good. The network is dying, find a device from this century...

2. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

I made a comment about the $10 premium data the other day in a similar news article about Sprint... Looks like Sprints ready to hemorrhage more customers! The key is to offer similar offerings and a deep discount to switch (and no, the current offers are trash when it comes to just switching to AT&T, also, the phones suck compared to teh rugged iDEN phones), not charge more... who the hell is leading the charge at sprint concerning this? They are not only shooting themselves in the foot, but everyone in the company! Stupid sprint...

3. Libra1985

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

10.00 To force them off the network, either migrate to Sprint or Leave, it's tough but it's part of the process, Sprint can't afford to have these useless Nextel towers up, it's slowing them down from advancement. Also majority of these customers that are hanging onto their faithful nextel are in an area where there is zero sprint coverage, so they feel they'll wait till there is a signal but what they fail to realize is that that same Nextel tower is the one Sprint is trying to rid everyone off so they can get that Sprint signal up. And as long as it's not a smart phone, those Nextel customers can keep those great great great grandfathered plans.

6. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

I hope you can see how totally flawed your statement is right? Those Nextel towers are going NOWHERE... the plan is to refarm the spectrum for LTE, meaning they are going up on the towers, changing out the parts that need to be changed, and thats it... Getting rid of those towers eh... more thinking, less posting

7. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

@ Hammerfest Libra is right, the $10 fee is to force customers off of iDEN and it makes absolute sense for Sprint to do this. The network is being shut down to refarm that Nextel spectrum, why delay the process to keep a few people on a network that has less coverage every day. To support the migration, iDEN users get special offers as mentioned above. BTW, my company just transferred thousands of Nextel lines to Sprint Direct Connect and the new Kyocera and Moto phones are very good, the service has also been very reliable.

4. Libra1985

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Sprint should of just made the end of the Nextel network December 31st, no sense in dragging out this process.

5. DonkeySauce

Posts: 194; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Not all iDen subscribers will be charged. Only targeted ones. Sprint has to force the least profitable to either upgrade or leave so they can turn their focus on the most profitable accounts during the remainder of the migration/shut down.

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