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Sprint Starts 60-Day Countdown to iDEN Network Closure

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USA based Sprint Nextel has confirmed that its plans to shut down the iDEN Nextel National Network remain on schedule for the end of June, as originally announced in May of last year.

The last full day of iDEN service will be June 29; shutdown begins first thing Sunday, June 30, and will continue throughout the day. iDEN devices will then no longer receive voice service - including 911 calls - or data service. Sprint will shut down switch locations in rapid succession on June 30, followed by powering down equipment and eliminating backhaul at each cell site.

"Our shutdown communications are meant to give customers more than enough lead time to plan their migration," said Bob Azzi, senior vice president-Network. "This has been especially important for public safety, first responders, health care users and others who rely on the service to protect and preserve people's lives."

The transition of Sprint's push-to-talk service from iDEN to CDMA is part of the company's Network Vision plans.

Network Vision is expected to add net economic value for Sprint from reduced roaming costs, cell site reduction, backhaul efficiencies, more efficient use of capital, and energy cost savings.

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