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Sprint Says iDEN Shutdown On Schedule for June 30

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Jun 5, 2013, 9:36 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Sprint today offered a reminder that it will permanently shut down its iDEN network on June 30. The last day of iDEN service will be June 29, with the network shutdown beginning just after midnight on June 30. Sprint urged its remaining iDEN customers to switch to its CDMA-based handsets, which offer walkie-talkie features through its DirectConnect service. In addition to the reminder, Sprint announced that it intends to recycle as much of its iDEN networking gear as possible, including cables, batteries, rack gear, and even the concrete enclosures themselves. Sprint estimates it will recycle more than 100 million pounds of equipment and materials. Once the iDEN network has been shut off, it will make room for Sprint to expand its CDMA 3G and LTE 4G services on that vacated 800MHz spectrum.

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KOL4420

Jun 5, 2013, 10:44 AM

FINALLY!

Wooooo! Expand that coverage on 800mhz Very Happy
What is it, like 7yrs they've been talking about shutting down iden?

I wonder how long it will take to get LTE up and running nationwide on 800mhz.
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Don't ever forget, you owe all that 800MHz spectrum to NEXTEL.

Also, Sprint's added 1900 MHz came from NEXTEL.

Also, most of Clearwire's 2.5 GHz came from NEXTEL.

Given Sprint's history of never actually finishing their network upgrades natio...
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WhySoBluePandaBear

Jun 5, 2013, 1:40 PM

You won't see this frequency used for quite some time

It's exciting that Sprint will have 800Mhz LTE - but it probably won't appear until the first quarter of 2014.


Still, any progress is good progress. I hope Sprint gets the funds they need - keeps the unlimited data and go to town on the other carriers.
WhySoBluePandaBear said:
It's exciting that Sprint will have 800Mhz LTE - but it probably won't appear until the first quarter of 2014.


Rebanded SMR 800 MHz is already in use for CDMA1X 800 in several markets and...
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PhoneMaster

Jun 5, 2013, 9:33 PM

Mistake in the article.

The post states that Sprint will deploy CDMA 3G (i.e. EV-DO) on the 800MHz band. That is incorrect. Sprint is/will deploy CDMA 1X on that band in addition to LTE in the future. However, EV-DO will NOT be deployed on 800MHz.
PhoneMaster said:
The post states that Sprint will deploy CDMA 3G (i.e. EV-DO) on the 800MHz band. That is incorrect. Sprint is/will deploy CDMA 1X on that band in addition to LTE in the future. However, EV-DO will NOT be deployed
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