Sprint Provides 60-Day Notice for iDEN Shutdown
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.
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iDEN could easily compete if all it was asked to do is carry the PTT traffic, with either Sprint's CDMA or LTE carrying all voice & data. There is no strong technical reason that Sprint could not have kept a small slice of iDEN continuing to operate strictly for PTT, as part of their Network Vision, had they chosen to. There is also no reason that Sprint could not have developed cross-carrier PTT, had they wanted to—notice that Nextel iDEN PTT customers can and routinely do DC with Sprint CDMA-based PTT customers. Can you think of any technical reasons that they could not also PTT with Verizon customers, had Sprint, the industry's PTT leader, chosen to develop cross-carrier PTT?
Although I don't find myself using it nearly as often as in the past it definitely has its place. I also supplement DC with Voxer PTT app. Not nearly as fluid or as fast, but for cross-platform PTT VoIP solution it works great. I use it with a lot of friends who have Android and iPhones since it can connect to a Facebook Account. I recommend checking that out as well. Although nothing can truly replace iDEN DC when it was great back in the day.
Sprint has already re-purposed much of that spectrum for CDMA 800.
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