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Sprint to Kill iDEN Network June 2013, Stop iDEN Phone Sales

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Shouldn't they have stopped selling them already?


May 29, 2012, 10:37 AM
So someone buys a device in the next few months and then has to get something else in a year?

May 29, 2012, 11:05 AM
I am sure they need to eliminate the current stock of IDEN phones. You know that a lot of people wants free phones


May 29, 2012, 11:51 AM
Sprint has been slowing down IDEN sales for the last several month, and IDEN customers have been notified over the last several months. IDEN customers have also been offered early upgrade to transition from IDEN to CDMA. I understand the article makes it appear that Sprint just dropped the bomb on IDEN customers today, but this has been part of Network Vision in the works for several months.

May 29, 2012, 12:01 PM
this is pretty much when sprint will want to turn on the LTE Advanced since it will use that spectrum.

iden is in it's "thinning" stage as we speak.

May 29, 2012, 12:16 PM
They have stopped selling them in all of their channels are have been pushing people towards the new PTT service on CDMA. They still must honor warranty replacements and such as well.
Rich Brome

May 29, 2012, 9:37 PM
I agree. Although they've de-emphasized that lineup recently, you can still buy one new. IMHO, sales should have ended completely on Dec. 31, 2011.

May 29, 2012, 11:00 PM
You sell what you have. I am sure they will exchange iden handsets for CDMA once they shut that garbage down. If some fool insists upon buying an obsolete phone despite a competent sales person (I know it takes a willing suspension of disbelief) warning him that the phone won't work in a year then give him what he wants.

May 30, 2012, 10:02 AM
Sprint is already offering early upgrade to certain customers for IDEN to CDMA migration. Also in the process of shutting down or converting IDEN towers in oversaturated areas.

May 30, 2012, 9:51 AM
There are some areas where IDEN coverage is still better than CDMA. Theoretically, when the IDEN shutdown happens and some of the towers and frequencies get repurposed that'll change, but for the time being there are people who will get service on the Nextel side but be in a dead zone for Sprint.

It was probably a better deal to move some people's upgrades ahead than to just have them leave for another carrier.

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