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Sprint Nextel Increasing Fees for Legacy iDEN Customers

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USA based Sprint Nextel is to ramp up efforts to migrate customers from its legacy iDEN network by increasing the monthly tariffs for customers by US$10 per month.

Customers who switch to its CDMA network, which also supports the iDEN style push-to-talk service will be offered a tariff comparable to the one they are on at the moment.

The company has started notifying customers of the change by an email.

"Customers that migrate prior to January will likely find a price plan comparable to what they have now," the company said in a statement.

Sprint has been planning to shut-down the iDEN network it acquired as the result of its disastrous USD36 billion merger with Nextel in 2005. The company wrote-down the value of the acquisition by USD30 billion in 2008.

The iDEN network is currently scheduled to be closed at the end of next June.

The company is currently carrying out a plan to consolidate multiple network technologies into one seamless network. 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 costs savings.

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