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I'm curious to know what will happen with those who decide to keep their legacy iDEN devices.

 

I have had a Nextel phone for years and have become concerned with the change in coverage. There's a lot more light blue and white in that Nextel coverage map on sprint.com/coverage. Calls have more static, and I've been receiving a lot of "network busy" messages when placing outgoing calls.

 

Well, I called the number listed on sprint.com/nextelnetwork The representative couldn't tell me much (I didn't have high expectations anyway). I did ask her what would happen if/when I'm forced to change into a CDMA phone in regards to contract renewal or upgrade eligibility. She said I could purchase a CDMA phone at a heavily discounted price, but I would have to renew my contract for two years and it would reset my upgrade eligibility. I don't know if this sets well with me.

 

The last forced migration I know of was with AT&T and TDMA/GSM. Can anyone give me details of what happened then?

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I'm curious to know what will happen with those who decide to keep their legacy iDEN devices.

 

The last forced migration I know of was with AT&T and TDMA/GSM. Can anyone give me details of what happened then?

 

If everything goes according to Sprint's plan, sometime later next year your iDEN phone will probably become a nice commemorative paperweight. Between now and then, Sprint will no doubt make an effort to get people to switch to Sprint's CDMA DC and they should feel right at home with the ever so stylish and chirpy Dura (Max, Core, Plus) series.

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I'm curious to know what will happen with those who decide to keep their legacy iDEN devices.

 

I have had a Nextel phone for years and have become concerned with the change in coverage. There's a lot more light blue and white in that Nextel coverage map on sprint.com/coverage. Calls have more static, and I've been receiving a lot of "network busy" messages when placing outgoing calls.

 

Well, I called the number listed on sprint.com/nextelnetwork The representative couldn't tell me much (I didn't have high expectations anyway). I did ask her what would happen if/when I'm forced to change into a CDMA phone in regards to contract renewal or upgrade eligibility. She said I could purchase a CDMA phone at a heavily discounted price, but I would have to renew my contract for two years and it would reset my upgrade eligibility. I don't know if this sets well with me.

 

The last forced migration I know of was with AT&T and TDMA/GSM. Can anyone give me details of what happened then?

 

They'll b paperweights if you hold onto them....that's why Sprint gave those subs such a large time frame to convert over to the new standard...

 

Your coverage should overall be more wide spread across the country bc more towers overall but possibly not as strong in some areas that it was before because the higher freq ud be using compared to the 800MHz you get now...

 

As far as the new device I would assume at some point they will just offer it to you for free, like IF you are under contract when the service changes over in your area...if your out of contract I dunno how much you could force their hand in getting it for free without using ur upgrade...though you never know

 

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They'll b paperweights if you hold onto them....that's why Sprint gave those subs such a large time frame to convert over to the new standard...

 

Your coverage should overall be more wide spread across the country bc more towers overall but possibly not as strong in some areas that it was before because the higher freq ud be using compared to the 800MHz you get now...

 

As far as the new device I would assume at some point they will just offer it to you for free, like IF you are under contract when the service changes over in your area...if your out of contract I dunno how much you could force their hand in getting it for free without using ur upgrade...though you never know

 

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Well, the amount of coverage should go up when you switch to Sprint CDMA DC phone, although it will be worse indoors. Once they have everyone switched over, they should be turning on 2 CDMA 1X Advanced carriers in the 800Mhz spectrum that now carries the iDen Nextel network. This should REALLY boost coverage for talk and DC because not only will the frequency go farther and penetrate buildings better, but it will be deployed on every current tower which are spaced closer together. Not to mention when we get LTE 800Mhz, sprint will no longer have the negative stigma they have had for a while now.

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