Boost/Sprint 3G sunset coming soon?

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4 months 1 week ago #33361 by LiterallyUnlimited
This does not surprise me at all. Realistically-speaking, there are probably very few as a percentage of actual Boost customers using 3G-only devices, and they'd be better suited towards an LTE or VoLTE device anyway. This will get rid of a lot of "backup backup" phones for Reddit and Nth phone junkies, but I think this is a necessary step as we move towards LTE as the "fallback" standard.

I wonder if VMU will have this problem, too.

Still no word from actual Sprint on this, but I'll be following this very closely for obvious reasons.
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4 months 1 week ago #33364 by KentE
Well, they're not all 'backup' phones. There's a continuing demand (although small as a percentage of users) for both long-battery-life flip phones, and likely a smaller demand for qwerty phones and smaller-screen Android devices: and the existing stock of older devices makes up most of the options. Sprint, and to a lesser extent AT&T, seem to be the last refuge for these users. I do realize the move to LTE is inevitable.

LiterallyUnlimited, could you keep us posted if you hear more about how this might affect Sprint-network users outside of Boost?

Reading between the lines of the linked post, I had wondered if this was a similar situation to the demise of single-frequency Sprint-network phones, where frequency re-farming made it impossible for some phones/locations to receive PRL updates (or initial PRL provisioning.) ..... or if it's just because Boost has always preferred to limit the range of allowable devices.
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4 months 1 week ago #33374 by joseph
From what I understand, there newer flip phone that support VoLTE, have a notably lesser battery life than the older flip phones.

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4 months 1 week ago #33377 by PEW
That has been the case when LTE does came out... Battery life shorter when using LTE vs 3G.

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4 months 1 week ago #33390 by st3fx

joseph wrote: From what I understand, there newer flip phone that support VoLTE, have a notably lesser battery life than the older flip phones.

Aside from Alcatel GO FLIP, is there currently any other Sprint flip phone that may support VoLTE?
www.sprint.com/en/shop/cell-phones/alcatel-go-flip.html

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4 months 1 week ago #33394 by Isamorph

st3fx wrote:

joseph wrote: From what I understand, there newer flip phone that support VoLTE, have a notably lesser battery life than the older flip phones.

Aside from Alcatel GO FLIP, is there currently any other Sprint flip phone that may support VoLTE?
www.sprint.com/en/shop/cell-phones/alcatel-go-flip.html


This Kyocera has 4G and LTE, but I do not know about VoLTE.

www.ebay.com/itm/Kyocera-DuraXTP-E4281-Sprint-4G-LTE-Ultra-Rugged-Flip-Phone/163228014776?epid=548015356&hash=item260125d8b8:g:ffQAAOSwa~FcJpLL
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4 months 1 week ago #33395 by st3fx

Isamorph wrote:

st3fx wrote:

joseph wrote: From what I understand, there newer flip phone that support VoLTE, have a notably lesser battery life than the older flip phones.

Aside from Alcatel GO FLIP, is there currently any other Sprint flip phone that may support VoLTE?
www.sprint.com/en/shop/cell-phones/alcatel-go-flip.html


This Kyocera has 4G and LTE, but I do not know about VoLTE.

www.ebay.com/itm/Kyocera-DuraXTP-E4281-Sprint-4G-LTE-Ultra-Rugged-Flip-Phone/163228014776?epid=548015356&hash=item260125d8b8:g:ffQAAOSwa~FcJpLL


Thanks. I don't see LTE listed in specs on Kyocera website: www.kyoceramobile.com/duraxtp/#specs

This Kyocera model ("candybar?") does have LTE in specs: www.kyoceramobile.com/duratr/

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4 months 1 week ago #33396 by Isamorph
My bad for not seeing the false claims in the Ebay ad. The bar phone looks good, but at $325 from Sprint---no thanks. Perhaps a used one at a reasonable price can be had.

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4 months 1 week ago #33397 by st3fx
Kyocera DuraXV LTE is available for Verizon, so perhaps Sprint variant will be available in the near future.
www.kyoceramobile.com/duraxv-lte/

"It's also powered by a 1,530 mAh battery, which should provide up to 7.7 hours of usage time or up to 18 days of standby time."
www.phonearena.com/news/Verizon-launches-the-sturdy-overpriced-Kyocera-DuraXV-LTE-flip-phone_id98475

According to Phonearena.com specs, supports VoLTE:
www.phonearena.com/phones/Kyocera-DuraXV-LTE_id10714
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