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.