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Sprint No Longer Selling iDEN-Based Phones

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Jun 6, 2012, 1:15 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Jun 6, 2012, 1:18 PM

Updated: typo

Mobile phones that work on Sprint's iDEN-based Nextel network are no longer available from Sprint's web site. iDEN phones are also no longer available from Boost Mobile's web site. Boost Mobile is a prepaid provider that sold iDEN devices that ran on Sprint's iDEN network. Phone Scoop called several local Sprint stores and was told by each that iDEN-based phones are no longer available. When asked if Sprint still offers push-to-talk services, Sprint representatives told Phone Scoop that PTT now works on a selection of devices that use new technology. Last month, Sprint announced that it would eventually cease selling iDEN devices ahead of a June 30, 2013, planned shut down of the entire iDEN network. Sprint's DirectConnect service uses CDMA-based technology to permit walkie-talkie calls.

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wireless.praying.mantis

Jun 6, 2012, 1:41 PM

The end is near for iDEN

I am so looking forward to the day the final nail is placed in the Nextel iDEN network's coffin and that spectrum is converted over to CDMA. Cool
Why? So you can get an extra 300kbps ?
...
CDMA?!?!?

Sprint is converting that 800mhz spectrum to
LTE!
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zuluhere

Jun 6, 2012, 6:28 PM

Now what will the drug dealers and pimps do?

Surprised Damn..means all of em will have to find other means to chirp deals/sales...oh hum....
Last I checked, TracFone seemed to doing good in this area of business.

John B.
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Ha!!! Funny fkr!!!
lanmansa

Jun 6, 2012, 1:59 PM

The end of an era

As a long time customer of Sprint, I will miss the Nextel iDEN network. It was great for its time (late 90's - 2000's) and had a lot of unique features and indestructible phones. I just recently gave up my old Motorola i530 that I held on to dearly forever and made the switch to a Motorola Admiral. I must say, I do like the Sprint PTT service just as well. Now if only Moto builds some decent phones for Sprint ptt instead of these half-baked Kyocera phones!

Goodbye Nextel network. You will be missed. Not by many, but just a few who still cling to their iDEN bricks.
Yes, those type of phones will be missed the Admiral is a Motorola phone and it is tough one at that with fast 3G and PTT something Nextel would never have.

The Kyocera phones are tough too however they are not as nice as the Motorola brand phones...
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