Sprint's new Direct Connect is a CDMA based PTT that replaces IDEN
0. phoneArena posted on 16 Mar 2011, 12:30
By the end of the year, Sprint will launch its new Direct Connect, a CDMA PTT technology that will keep all of the old features and add more; the new system will work on current Sprint PTT devices and will cover three times the POP as the current IDEN technology does...
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1. BaiGanyo posted on 16 Mar 2011, 13:46 1 0
Looks like Sprint won't be giving away any of the PTT market anytime soon. Att, vzw, us cellular etc used to advertise PTT a lot, but looks like they have given up for the most part, judging by how few phones they offer.
11. JeffdaBeat posted on 16 Mar 2011, 21:58 0 3
My thing is, remember when they said QChat was going to be the next coming of Christ with PTT...and we see they ended that quickly...why is this better?
2. AndroidTroll posted on 16 Mar 2011, 14:30 1 1
This sounds a hell of a lot better than that Qchat PTT bullshit that I used to peddle when I worked for Sprint.
3. downphoenix posted on 16 Mar 2011, 14:55 4 0
actually it sounds exactly like Qchat, but it is probably gonna work better.
4. Fuck Sprint (unregistered) posted on 16 Mar 2011, 15:01 0 6
How many times are they going to "say" they have a replacement? Probably be garbage just like the rest of the replacements.
19. dave (unregistered) posted on 08 Oct 2011, 13:41 0 0
wash your mouth with soap
5. jovy121 posted on 16 Mar 2011, 16:32 2 0
It's about time!!! Nextel is horrible, If this doesn't work Sprint should just get rid of all PTT and use their towers to improve sprints network.
6. Socalvenom posted on 16 Mar 2011, 19:29 2 0
This was a great move from Sprint. Nextel reception sucks really bad and now that it's being changed to cdma more customers would be able to get better and longer reception and take advantage of 3g or even 4g goodness
7. cornerofthemoon posted on 16 Mar 2011, 20:33 1 0
Actually I've had better luck with Sprint iDEN reception than with their CDMA band. But maybe it's the area that I live in. I hope Sprint has lots of lots of unsleek heavy-duty macho devices heading our way.
9. knuckleballer34 posted on 16 Mar 2011, 20:49 0 0
I encounter a similar situation in my area. At one of my residences, I get better signal with iDEN, at the other, with Sprint CDMA. It all depends on where you live. If Sprint simply converts the Nextel towers to CDMA in the 800 mhz band, the service should be about the same in terms of signal strength.
8. remixfa posted on 16 Mar 2011, 20:45 0 0
bout damn time they started shutting down that iden network. lol. i know its used a lot for emergency services but its time to move on.
10. Slammer posted on 16 Mar 2011, 20:56 3 0
Nextel is awesome if you seek walkie Talkie. The technology behind Nextel is unique. The network was built around direct connect(walkie Talkie) first and phone second. Where as the other networks were designed around phone first. No other "PTT" will compare to Direct Connect for this reason. I never had a problem with Nextel. What killed the technology, was the rise in the interest of data. IDEN in its current state was not designed for it.
To say Nextel sucks, would depend on what you are looking for in communication.
12. pickles posted on 16 Mar 2011, 22:40 1 0
ugh phonescoop and phonearena are the same site! ahhh! sup slammer/jeffdabeat
that is all
13. Jtech (unregistered) posted on 16 Mar 2011, 23:12 0 0
No they aren't Pickles don't say that!! IMO phonearena is better all around
14. Jtech (unregistered) posted on 16 Mar 2011, 23:18 1 0
oh yeah and Its obvious sprint is going to use the 800 mhz band for lte. That's why T-Mobile/DT is intrested. I'm using my i1 right now and as much as the.whole android 1.5, and slow data speeds go I'm really going to miss the iDEn network
16. timmyschick (unregistered) posted on 17 Mar 2011, 13:14 0 0
Well I hope they do something with the iden towers or I am going to be screwed. We have tried cdma several times over the years and it sucks at best, doesn't work at all at worst. Someone please tell me I just don't understand how this all works and when they DO pull iden I won't be forced into getting a home phone again?!
17. SprintGuy26 posted on 21 Mar 2011, 13:05 0 0
hey i think this is grate news!..ive been waiting for this ever since they killed off Qchat which in my eyes was pretty damn good..but coverage was sum what of a issue when driving out of town..IDEN was just plain horrible in every which way (besides the PTT which always work)....im just thinking about the people who dont have Sprint CDMA but only IDEN? this will make Sprint loss some people for sure...cant wait till X-Mas cuase im diff getting one of these new PTT phones but Sprint please NO KYOCERA'S!!!...Mototola GOOD since they are the ones who made NEXTEL!
18. Jeff Stevenson (unregistered) posted on 07 Sep 2011, 17:49 0 0
I cuurently have a Nextel Blackberry 8350i. I still love the Nextel iDEN network. Sprint just needs to invest more in the hybrid phone technology. They created a few phones, but they never expanded the hybrid capabilities into the newer blackberry and android models. If Sprint gets rid of iDEN, the other carriers are waiting to get their hands on it.