About a year and four months ago, Sprint announced its plans to use Qualcomm’s Qchat platform to provide push-to-talk services on their Sprint PCS CDMA network. Currently, the #3 operator offers the popular Nextel Walkie-Talkie feature, and the Qchat will enable them to offer similar option on the EV-DO Revision A network, as well as interoperability with the Nextel service.
All devices covered here will be launched April 16th:
Images of one of the first such devices – LG LX400 were already seen in the wild, and now we have more details on it. The device (and probably the service – will confirm this later) will be available April 16th, and has Suggested Retail Price of $279.99. The actual prices on all devices will be definitely a lot lower!
The second device to be launched is the slim clamshell Sanyo PRO-200 Direct Connect capable! Its SRP price is $249.99.
Sanyo PRO-700, which was approved yesterday by FCC, has SRP price of $269.99 and it is also Direct Connect capable. The rugged headset meets Military Specification 810F for dust, shock and vibration and has Bluetooth.
Sprint is expected to launch the BlackBerry Curve 8330 Titanium. The CDMA variant of the Curve (which is offered by both AT&T and T-Mobile) will be similar in features and design, a small smartphone with trackball, camera and memory card slot.
The last new device is the Sanyo Katana LX, which will be offered in Blue, Pink and Black. The direct replacement of Katana II is a low-end device which offers just the extreme basics – VGA camera and Bluetooth in the typical for Katana design language.
For those using PC cards for Internet access, Sierra Wireless is prepping the 597 model, which is supposed to be 70% smaller compared to AC595U and microSD memory card reading functionality as well.