Yesterday Sprint announced that it is still on track to complete the shutdown of the old iDEN Nextel network by June 30, in just under 60 days from now. The last full day of iDEN service will be June 29, after which time all network communications will cease, including data service and 911 calls.
Subscribers who are still on the network probably have already noticed degraded service, as Sprint has been working for a while to take down towers, leaving only the bare minimum up. Sprint says it has also been “aggressively” notifying customers that their service will soon cease if they don’t upgrade to a newer CDMA device.
This will hopefully be the end of Sprint’s failed experiment at running two networks simultaneously (actually, make that four, if you count WiMAX and LTE). Sprint plans to use old Nextel spectrum in its Network Vision project, which aims to have LTE rolled out nationwide by the end of this year and improve everyone’s 3G experience.[Sprint]