Those using an iDEN powered device on the Sprint network have a little over a year left before a forced switch will come. Yup, the folks at Sprint have officially announced an end date for the iDEN services. Well, more accurately, Sprint has announced a planned end date. According to details found in the press release;
“Sprint also announced that it plans to cease service on the iDEN Nextel National Network as early as June 30, 2013 as part of its Network Vision plan — a series of network updates designed to offer next generation network capabilities to customers.”
Notice the “as early as” portion, which seems to imply that this date could be pushed out. Regardless though, those using this service can expect to see a written notification arrive around June 1, 2012. But the bottom line here, Sprint is finally phasing out the iDEN (2G) Nextel National Network in favor of the Sprint Direct Connect network which was launched in October of last year. And lastly, for those worrying about devices, Sprint so far has launched a few including the the Kyocera DuraMax, Kyocera DuraCore, Kyocera DuraPlus and the Motorola Admiral.