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Spring finally phasing out iDEN, starting in April

The writing has been on the wall for quite some time now. Sprint even admitted that they’d eventually phase out the Nextel iDEN network in favor of CDMA, and eventually LTE networks. In late 2010 we heard that the iDEN phase-out would begin in 2013. Now it appears those plans have moved up on the priority list. The process will indeed end in 2013, but it will start in April of this year. The shift will be gradual, though, allowing users time to migrate over to the CDMA side. Yet one issue remains unclear.

It’s unknown what Sprint plans to do for Boost Mobile subscribers who rely on walkie talkies. Sprint does have its own Direct Connect push to talk service, and it appears they’re working with Nextel customers on a migration plan. Yet Sprint does not currently offer Direct Connect services though Boost, and nothing indicates that they will in the future. This is, however, something we could see come up again as we move towards April and people experience service disruption. has a comprehensive write-up of the issue. But in terms of Boost customers, there are many questions that currently don’t have answers.

3 Responses

  1. Dwight Says

    boost mobile may be cheap ,but the customer service you receive is ridiculously slow and and unaware of their products and services…frankly its just not worth it. with an automated system that almost makes blowing your own brains out ..easier than repeatedly pressing endless buttons… so if next time your at radioshack or anywhere boost mobile devices are sold…Dont LOOK , JUST WALK AWAY..its not worth your Health

    Posted on February 22nd, 2012 at 9:30 pm
  2. dianne Says

    Boost does suck. To get a hold of someone immediately call dail 18882667848 then press 88 right after you connect. I doesn’t help with them knowing anything. My phone has not been able to receive phone calls in a week. They keep telling someone will call me back and noone ever does.

    Posted on February 25th, 2012 at 9:39 pm
  3. Xander Says

    Boostmobile service is unique, and very professional compared to its compters out there. Been with boost for a number of years and i am completly satisfied with the customer service and reliability of their phones!

    Posted on June 30th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

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