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Sprint CEO confirms iDEN shutdown

We started the month with a story about Sprint ditching its iDEN network. The quote came from Bob Azzi, the senior VP of networks at Sprint. It didn’t sound like a grave warning, only the acknowledgement that soon enough iDEN will be an obsolete technology. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse made the same acknowledgement yesterday. “It’s a gradual process,” he said. “There will be an end date for all 2G, just like there was an end date for 1G.” He left open when that date would come, but it sounds like we shouldn’t include the word “decade” in any form when estimating it. Sprint lost 383,000 subscribers from its iDEN services in the third quarter after losing about twice that many in the second quarter (postpaid and prepaid combined).