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Canada's SaskTel to Turn Off EV-DO based CDMA data service

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Canada's SaskTel has announced that it will be turning off its EV DO based CDMA data service later this year.

After the shut-down, at the end of September, CDMA devices will still continue to operate on the network using the 1X data service instead.

"SaskTel is committed to providing Saskatchewan residents with the best wireless networks in the province, however as networks evolve, it becomes necessary to turn down older networks," said Ron Styles, SaskTel President and CEO. "We will be repurposing the 850 Mhz spectrum that powers the EV-DO data service and dedicating that spectrum to adding capacity to our 4G/LTE network province-wide."

SaskTel's roaming partner is also turning down their EV-DO data service on their CDMA network in most of BC and Alberta by July 2014. Customers will not notice any difference in coverage, voice services, or text messaging. However, data service will be reduced to the slower 1X data speeds.

"We are encouraging customers to take advantage of our 4G/LTE data speeds and upgrade to a 4G/LTE phone for as low as $0," added Styles.

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