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October 2nd sees changes in Sprint's Direct Connect service

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October 2nd sees changes in Sprint's Direct Connect service
Yesterday we reported about a number of changes that Sprint is expected to make on October 2nd. To that list, you can add changes to the carrier's Direct Connect service. One major change (coming in Q1, 2012) is the ability to support international PTT, something that neither Verizon or AT&T offer, according to the leaked internal screenshot obtained by SprintFeed.

Other features of the new Direct Connect include the ability to reach a group of 200 at the same time (vs. a maximum of 50 for both AT&T and Verizon), and the per-second PTT billing that the nation's third largest carrier offers. And according to the comparison chart, it takes less than second to set-up a PTT call on Sprint, something that you can't do using PTT on the other two carriers. You can check the chart below to make your own comparisons between the top 3 U.S. carriers and their PTT capabilities.

source: SprintFeed

A leaked screenshot from Sprint comparing its new Direct Connect features with the competition

A leaked screenshot from Sprint comparing its new Direct Connect features with the competition




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posted on 23 Sep 2011, 02:52 2

1. belovedson (Posts: 830; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


sprint ptt is pretty good as far as i can tell. i have been using it for more than two year. however the phones absolutely suck. especially the crappy motorola brutes. we have them at work and they break all the time. it would be great if samsung or another company made a stronger and not bulkier ptt that works and has a better os than the crap motorola makes. seriously the brute sucks

posted on 23 Sep 2011, 06:26

2. dacastrator (Posts: 232; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Yeah right Brute sucks, but the Moto Titanium is great. Android phone with Direct Connect.

posted on 24 Sep 2011, 00:20

3. onemorething (unregistered)


Try the i365 if you need a bulletproof Nextel Direct Connect phone. It's big, but it's sturdy.

The Brute has a reputation for all kinds of quality issues and poor design issues.

The only truly "Nextel-like" phone these days is the i365, especially if you install the "rubber ducky" antenna it gets awesome reception. If you can stand to carry a large bar phone, and you just need to make cellular phone calls and use the Direct Connect (i.e. no data, no apps), the i365 is hard to beat. Get one before Sprint stops selling them and you'll have a phone that will last until they completely close down iDEN in 2013-2015 timeframe.

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