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Sprint Provides 60-Day Notice for iDEN Shutdown

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May 1, 2013, 10:31 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Sprint today announced that it will fully shut down its legacy iDEN network within 60 days. The last full day of service will be June 29. Sprint will then begin to shut down the iDEN network on Sunday, June 30. The shutdown process involves taking the switches offline, followed by powering down cell sites and cutting off the backhaul. Thereafter, all services, including voice, data, and 911 emergency, will no longer be available to iDEN customers. Sprint first gave warning a year ago that it should shutter its iDEN network by June 30 of this year. Today's announcement falls inline with Sprint's previously discussed network-shutdown schedule. Sprint has been transitioning customers from iDEN to CDMA for several years. It is offering similar walkie-talkie services though its CDMA-based DirectConnect technology. The iDEN shutdown is part of Sprint's larger Network Vision project, which sees it realigning its network technologies across its varied spectrum holdings.

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May 1, 2013, 11:27 AM

New Bogeyman

Guess Sprint will need a new bogeyman to blame their woes and lackluster performance on once the iDEN network is shutdown.
Their old CDMA network will be the new scapegoat.

Talk about garbage!.....
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CaptainPlanet said:
Guess Sprint will need a new bogeyman to blame their woes and lackluster performance on once the iDEN network is shutdown.

My vote for their new "bogeyman:" Humphrey Bogart.
Sprint has had too many Bogeymen, Im sure the end is near.

May 1, 2013, 3:25 PM

I'll miss IDEN

I remember when i first had IDEN- boy it was awesome. I remembered during the awful situation that happened on 9/11/2001 and how my phone worked when no one else's did.

Wish luck to IDEN whomever it goes to- perhaps public safety network or whatever the DOJ/FCC plan to do with it.

Anyway, RIP IDEN and thanks for making me lots of money during the NXTP and NXTL days, having a great CEO, CTO, and COO, making money hand over fist (of the company itself) and of the great reception and free incoming call plan that i had then had the all unlimited.

Miss ya.
It definitely was great at the time and for its time. But Lets face it IDEN would never be able to compete in today's smart phone dominated world. Too bad there was never a good way to combine IDEN and CDMA... They tried it with those hybrid phones an...
iDEN is dead. They're literally shutting off the power and cutting the backhaul connections on June 30th. It's not going to anyone.

Sprint has already re-purposed much of that spectrum for CDMA 800.
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