Sprint Provides 60-Day Notice for iDEN Shutdown
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.
Cricket's CDMA Network Goes Dark September 15
Cricket Wireless says the vast majority of customers have transitioned away from its legacy CDMA network ahead of tomorrow's planned shutdown. AT&T has been moving Cricket customers from the older CDMA network to its own GSM-based network since it acquired the carrier several years ago.
MetroPCS CDMA Network to Go Dark in June
T-Mobile intends to shutter MetroPCS' legacy CDMA network by late June, according to information on the carrier's web site. The company recently said it had three major metro markets — and about 500,000 customers — still using its CDMA network.
MetroPCS CDMA Network Shutdown On Track for June 21
MetroPCS plans to switch off its legacy CDMA network on June 21. MetroPCS parent T-Mobile says about 190,000 customers are still using CDMA handsets in the three markets that offer CDMA coverage, down from 300,000 about a month ago.
Sprint Can Commence WiMax Shutdown
A Massachusetts court has given Sprint permission to turn off its WiMax network in stages over the next two months. Sprint will turn WiMax off in 16 cities, including New York, today, with 39 more to follow on February 29, and the remaining 25 cities on March 31.
Talk about garbage!.....
1. dish or
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.
I'll miss IDEN
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.
Sprint has already re-purposed much of that spectrum for CDMA 800.