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Sprint CEO: iDEN Network to Be Shuttered

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Oct 27, 2010, 11:33 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Oct 27, 2010, 11:40 AM

Speaking in an interview with Fierce Wireless, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said that the company eventually plans to shut down the iDEN wireless network that it acquired with the purchase of Nextel in 2004. "Over time, we'll have fewer and fewer customers on the iDEN network," he said. "That allows us to use some of that capacity on the network that is freed up and use it for CMDA. It's a gradual process. There will be an end date for all 2G, just like there was an end date for 1G." Hesse didn't say when the shut down would start or when it would finish. Sprint hasn't decided exactly what it will do with the vacated 800MHz spectrum once iDEN is turned off, but said one possibility will be to use it to deploy CDMA 1x Advanced for voice services. Speaking of Sprint's 4G plan, it said that for now it is sticking with "Plan A" -- its partnership with Clearwire. However, it does have a "Plan B" option should WiMax not work out. Hesse didn't elaborate.

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I DONT GET IT... SpykedVodka Oct 28, 2010, 2:40 AM
true customer numbers via yahoo finance Jonathanlc2005 Oct 27, 2010, 2:39 PM
iden devices.. SprintTech619 Oct 29, 2010, 7:36 PM
Plan B-- muchdrama Oct 27, 2010, 6:30 PM
Good Riddence jhr2112 Oct 27, 2010, 6:50 PM
there is nothing really wrong with iDEN sprintchickwv Oct 28, 2010, 11:30 AM
What happened to all the iDen Fan boyz? markj73 Oct 27, 2010, 3:35 PM
Thank you, Sprint! Amarantamin Oct 27, 2010, 12:49 PM
I will be one of the few to miss iden when its gone. goodnessake Oct 27, 2010, 8:39 PM
Motorola bobc74 Oct 27, 2010, 7:55 PM
Am I the only one? lanmansa Oct 27, 2010, 3:17 PM
About effing time... JeffdaBeat Oct 27, 2010, 12:11 PM
iDEN Chizzle Oct 27, 2010, 12:50 PM
Very Good News! Slammer Oct 27, 2010, 11:57 AM
Death to iDEN!!!! iDont Care Oct 27, 2010, 11:54 AM
its on zzyo Oct 27, 2010, 11:46 AM
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