End of the road for free data on iDen?

It looks like getting free data access on iDen handsets is going to end, likely on or before 6/20/10 according to this Sprint document (credit Engadget). Coincidentally, this is the same day that the Motorola i1 is released, the first Android phone on the iDen network. With this phone, Sprint would needed to lock down iDen data access a bit harder than blocking the phone’s built-in browser (the status quo), so the change will affect all phones on the iDen network (Boost and Nextel).

This also means that getting mobile connectivity for your Arduino will no longer be free. Boost mobile’s data rates run at $.35/day.

Update: 6/20 has passed, and I still have data access.

Ethan is a computer engineer and open source hardware/software developer from Michigan. He enjoys AVR and linux development, photography, mountain biking, and drinking significant amounts of home-roasted coffee. Find out more at ethanzonca.com.

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