Due to the complete shutdown of Sprint’s iDEN network planed for the June 30, 2013, Sprint and its prepaid subsidiary Boost Mobile stopped selling iDEN phones on their websites, finally. This move was inevitable at some point in order to move on to the newer, CDMA-based technology for Sprint’s DirectConnect service and its push-to-talk feature.
Besides iDEN-based phones being ceased from both Sprint and Boost Mobile’s websites, they are no longer available at the Sprint’s stores either, as Sprint’s representatives confirmed to Phone Scoop. In fact, last month Sprint announced that it would stop selling all iDEN phones through all channels and brands over the next several months, which means that some may be still found, through a third party retail stores. Even so, it won’t last long.
Eventually, current iDEN push-to-talk users will be forced to switch to other alternatives since this one won’t be available by June 30, 2013. Those could be Android CDMA phones compatible with walkie-talkie apps in the Google Play or the upcoming push-to-talk Direct Connect Now app compatible with regular smartphones and interoperable with Boost Mobile phones.