If you're one of the last million Nextel customers still on the network, it's time to look elsewhere.
The charge is apparently designed to encourage customers to upgrade to Sprint's CDMA push-to-talk service before iDEN is phased out next year.
Carrier, meanwhile, is preparing for its move to 4G LTE with multiple devices, and says performance for the network exceeds expectations.
Pushing forward with its LTE 4G upgrade, Sprint will recycle iDEN push-to-talk spectrum.
Even as it prepares to discontinue Nextel's IDEN network in 2013, Sprint today announced two new Motorola phones with iDEN and Direct Connect.
After years of hinting iDEN was on its way out, Sprint finally announced today that it would end Nextel's IDEN network for push-to-talk service by 2013.
In an interview Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said the carrier is moving toward shutting down the iDEN network it inherited form its 2005 purchase of Nextel.
Sprint will kill off its iDEN network on June 30 next year as it moves customers over to its Direct Connect service.
The Motorola i410 is a basic flip phone for Boost Mobile.
Sprint Nextel is taking the first steps toward finally shedding the Nextel iDEN network, which has been nothing but a financial and operational drain on the company.