Sprint Nextel Corp. will shut down its Nextel network – with the push-to-talk feature popular with businesses – as early as June 30, 2013.
The date is the first specific declaration by the Overland Park-based wireless carrier. It previously had said the Nextel network would close sometime next year.
Sprint’s announcement said Nextel’s push-to-talk feature will become inoperable as early as June 30, 2013. The company said its Sprint Direct Connect coverage on its Sprint-branded network will broaden throughout this year.
Nextel users, notably businesses and government customers, should watch for notices from Sprint about the pending shutdown and about the Direct Connect service and devices on its Sprint-branded network. The company has said it will continue to support Nextel customers with the iDEN technology devices it uses through the transition to Direct Connect.
Sprint’s Nextel network has lost customers steadily and become a cost burden. Its shutdown is part of the company’s multi-billion-dollar network upgrade called Network Vision.
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