Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Sprint iDen network is finally shut down

Yesterday Sprint finally shut down the iDen network effectively turning all Nextel devices into paperweights. This shouldn’t come as a surprise because Sprint has stated this has been part of their Network Vision plan over the last year and this frequency will now be used to run 800Mhz LTE upgrades. In the Sprint press release they’ll be recycling about 100 million pounds of materials that are left in the wake of the iDen shutdown. The company has said that only the iDen equipment will be stripped from cellular towers and all the CDMA and LTE gear will be left intact so no customers will need to worry about a cell tower disappearing. The recycling effort is expected to continue early into 2014 and they’ll need to take down almost 30,000 iDEN installations across the country.