Sprint to impose $10 charge on Nextel iDEN customers

Call service provider Sprint recently announced its plan to impose an additional $10 charge against Nextel iDEN customers in January in an attempt to encourage customers to upgrade their phones to CDMA push-to-talk service.

Sprint, the third largest long distance provider by subscribers, is apparently luring its subscribers to switch to CMDA before they shut down Nextel iDEN on 30th of June 2013.

“Customers that migrate prior to January will likely find a price plan comparable to what they have now,” Sprint spokesman Mark Bonavia said in a statement. “They are also eligible to receive a variety of very attractive device offers.”

Sprint purchased Nextel for $35 billion in 2004 but the carrier’s decision to drop Nextel’s iDEN technology signifies that it’s starting to initiate moves for the accomplishment of its Network Vision plan. Starting in 2013, Sprint will unveil new features and improved services, including its move to 4G and LTE technology.

Sprint still has loyal market base in the public safety and construction industry along with its followers in the business sector, but the company had to make a move in order to capitalize on the booming mobile market and catch up with the kind of services being offered by its competitors.

Instead, Sprint has been encouraging customers to Sprint Direct Connect handsets, which provides the same push-to-talk feature of an iDEN phone.

Meanwhile, a report from a reliable insider said Apple will not be granting carriers to upgrade its 4G and LTE services until certainly requirements are met.

Telecoms.com reported Friday that Apple will be meticulous on carries, whether they have the capacity to support the iPhone 5.

In an article written by CNET reporter Erick Mack, he believes that Apple is just trying to avert any snag that could affect the sales of iPhone 5 and its future smartphones.

“It’s hard to imagine many situations where users would be better off on an old 3G network than even mediocre LTE. Perhaps Apple is still smarting from the legacy of the early iPhone era when sometimes shoddy service at the hands of AT&T’s network led some iPhone users to jump ship for an Android phone on Verizon (back in the days before Big Red snagged the iPhone),” said Mack in his article.