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Sprint Plans to Shut Nextel Network as Early as June 2013

Sprint said Tuesday that it would shut down its Nextel network as soon as June of next year, as the company aims to free up space for its next-generation LTE network.

The carrier has been working on plans to sunset the Nextel network for some time, and said that the end would likely come next year. It has launched a number of phones on its Sprint network that feature Nextel’s hallmark push-to-talk feature.

“Sprint will send written notices to business and government customers beginning June 1, 2012, regarding the iDEN Nextel National Network shutdown,” Sprint said in a statement. “Additional notices are planned for distribution to the iDEN base multiple times over the next year as the shutdown of the iDEN Nextel National Network becomes more imminent.”


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus