First phone using CDMA in Sprint's iDEN bands passes FCC approval
The upcoming handset is hardly a technological wunderkind, though – with lack for Wi-Fi our bets would be on a dumbphone. It will however offer touchscreen input and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, with a microSD slot for memory extension and that's where details end.
Sprint's iDEN transition will free the ESMR band including frequencies in the 817-824MHz and 862-869MHz range for use by CDMA, but this will also mean that the push-to-talk (PTT) walkie-talkie functionality will also have to be replaced. While the country's third-largest carrier has tried implement PTT in the past, it largely failed with the dual-mode CDMA/iDEN phone and the Qchat series. It seems to have learned, and it has a brand-new Sprint Direct Connect service coming up in the fourth quarter of the year. Could this mean that the SPH-M380 will be delayed until then? The FCC approval hints at a nearer launch date, so stay tuned.
1. JW1ngman posted on 05 Apr 2011, 16:34 0 0
as a sprint rep, this will be a nightmare when we make all iden phones obsolete. at least we wont have to listen to customers bitch about how slow their data service provisioning is.
2. Christyna04 (unregistered) posted on 05 Apr 2011, 21:43 1 0
ok...those customers make sure you have a job every day.
3. jtech (unregistered) posted on 06 Apr 2011, 02:24 0 0
Sprint rep trash nothing will ever come close to iDENs dc believe it!!