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iDEN phase-out to begin in 2013

We’ve heard Sprint executives, including CEO Dan Hesse, talk about the eventual end of their iDEN network. To this point we haven’t heard anything about a time frame. Now we have. This morning, while announcing a $5 billion overhaul of its network, Sprint said that it would begin phasing out iDEN starting in 2013. That doesn’t mean that the network will be gone during that year, but only that they will begin the process of migrating iDEN customers to the company’s primary network. It does plan to include push-to-talk, along with a lineup of “rugged handsets” in its future offerings.

3 Responses

  1. Mikey DuMont Says

    Are the Boost Mobile (iden) customers still going to have “pay as you go” and “push to talk” on this new system from Sprint?

    Posted on December 7th, 2010 at 9:47 am
  2. ike denvers Says

    Who knows. Sprint has finally announced the official execution date for iden.

    Sprint mismanaged Nextel and iden from the beginning. Iden saved their butt by being the bulwark of their new prepaid strategy. It’s the unloved stepchild who began the real turnaround for Sprint.

    Sprint is run by a bunch of dunderheads who haven’t turned a real profit in three years. If they’d kept Nextel intact, they’d be making money on it, not losing.

    Like I said, Sprint is run by a bunch of dunderheads.

    An improved dunderhead is still a dunderhead.

    Posted on December 9th, 2010 at 2:21 am
  3. David Write Says

    Sprint has been moving backwards under the leadership of Dan Hesse. He collects a massive salary and has run a company into the ground. Just wait till direct connect users find out that their coverage will decrease when it moves off of iDen. Direct connect is based upon technology that is a century old anyway. No big loss.

    Posted on July 15th, 2011 at 12:26 pm

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