Tonight, I switched from my Boost Mobile iDEN phone to a CDMA phone. Sprint has been providing lousier service on the iDEN bands to the point that I drive through several dead spots a day. I don't use the Walkie Talkie feature often; but, it was nice to have it available when needed.
Switching from iDEN to CDMA means that I no longer can use the Walkie-Talkie service; I've also lost my radio number.
It's not all doom and gloom. One of the drawbacks of iDEN is that it is rather slow and unreliable with respect to SMS (text messaging). The Internet service is also unreliable. CDMA, on the other hand, offers more reliable text messaging and Internet service.
Still, I can't help thinking that I lost something.
I've been with Boost Mobile for some time. I am very close to cashing in on their Shrinkage plan, which takes $5 off your monthly unlimited subscription for every 6 months of on-time payments. That means that I'll be going down to $45/month after one more payment. When all is said and done, my rate plan can go down to $35/month for unlimited calling and text messaging.
The only fly in the ointment is if I use an Android phone, which adds another $5. So, if I were to upgrade to an Android phone, I'd pay a minimum of $40/month, which isn't bad.
Still experimenting with all of this.