Sprint recently announced it’s actively taking steps to decomission iDEN towers as it works toward replacing the aging technology with CDMA. TechnoBuffalo has learned that in order to take the sting out of the transition, the carrier is planning a deeply discounted sale that will target iDEN consumers and business customers starting on April 5. A tipster sent us an image revealing users with iDEN-capable phones will have the opportunity up until the end of June to purchase six different handsets, and five of them will be offered for only $0.99. Folks can pick up the android-powered HTC EVO 3D for a dollar, or they can get the EPIC Touch 4G for just $49.99. In addition, three handsets with Direct Connect functionality will be offered at $0.99 once the sale begins. Customers who are eligible are required to sign a new two-year agreement in order to get the discounted prices.
We’re being told that iDEN customers will be flagged in the system and then contacted by a sales rep about the offer. The move is part of Sprint’s new Network Vision initiative that will give customers better push-to-talk coverage, both across the U.S. and in-building through CDMA. The plan is to completely eliminate iDEN by the end of next year, which frees up 800MHz spectrum for Network Vision.
Sprint recently said it plans to operate its iDEN network “at current best-ever performance levels,” but it sounds to us like degradation is about to hit the technology hard as Sprint decommissions its iDEN towers.