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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.