In May of last year, Sprint announced it would be shutting down its iDEN Nextel National Network and would be transitioning customers to its Sprint Direct Connect network as part of its Network Vision plan. Today, Sprint announced that its plans to shut down the iDEN Network are on track and the shutdown should be complete by the originally anticipated date of June 30, 2013.
According to Sprint, the last full day of iDEN service will be on June 29. After that date, iDEN devices will no longer receive voice or data service. The shutdown will begin first thing on June 30 and the company will rapidly shut down switch locations throughout the day.
Since its announcement last year, Sprint has been working to notify customers of the upcoming changes and urging them to migrate from the iDEN network to avoid service disruptions when the network is such down.
Sprint’s iDEN Nextel National Network is currently used for push-to-talk and the company has been transitioning customers to the Sprint Direct Connect network, where the company claims they experience three times the push-to-talk coverage, as well as international direct connect to Latin American countries and 3G broadband data capabilities. Sprint Direct Connect functions on Sprint’s broadband CDMA network.
Source: Business Wire