As part of the plan to kill its iDEN network and replace it with the new CDMA-based push-to-talk service, Sprint announced that Direct Connect service is now available in its 1xRTT coverage and roaming areas.
Up until this point, Direct Connect customers could only use the push-to-talk services in areas with 3G EV-DO coverage. No more, with 1xRTT areas joining in, creating three times the push-to-talk coverage of the Nextel National Network.
Users should expect the same features in 1xRTT areas as they were in a spot with EV-DO coverage though initial call setup time will be longer.
Earlier this month, Sprint said it will decommission its iDEN network as early as June 30, 2013 as part of the Network Vision plans to add new value while reducing costs. The company has already discontinued selling iDEN devices in most channels and will slow distribution further in the months ahead. Sprint will continue to support business customers with iDEN devices as needed during their transition to the Sprint Direct Connect service…