Motorola Barrage V860 out-of-stock, and with an earpiece problem?

Motorola Barrage V860 out-of-stock, and with an earpiece problem?
Last week Verizon launched its newest PTT device, the Motorola Barrage V860. It features Military Specs and is meant to compete with the Casio Boulder and upcoming  Casio Rock. During our few days of testing (we have 2 Barrage units) we noticed how low in volume the earpiece sounded during calls, even though it was turned up to the highest level. Pressing on the area surround the earpiece seemed to make it louder, but conversely made it sound distorted. It appears we are not alone in seeing (or hearing) this problem, as there are a few user reviews on Verizon's site and on HowardForums that report the same issue. Now on the main Verizon Wireless site the Barrage is showing as out-of-stock. Does this mean it is truly sold-out, or has it been pulled due to the earpiece problem? We will update you once we get more information about this.

Also be sure to check back for our full upcoming review of the Motorola Barrage V860.



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7 Comments

1. knuckleballer34

Posts: 119; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

And this my friends, is why Nextel still has a following. They don't do much well, but when it comes to PTT and rugged handsets, they can't be beat. I will admit though, the Motorola Tundra for At&t and Verizon's Motorola v750 aren't bad either.

2. Knightlyjay

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 13, 2009

Knuckle, the Barrage is essentially the 750 in Iden armor. The folks at Motorola design, engineer and build both, so the quality should or could be similar. It isn't that Verizon doesn't do rugged handsets, or that At&T can't either, it may be that Moto (who makes all of the handsets in this discussion, doesn't seem to have much cross team deployment. Depending on how the discussion went with VZW about the Barrage, they could have argued that a costlier handset could be sold to the consumer if shown to be just as good and just as tough as the Idens. I also wonder (just had this thought) if Moto has some sort of hidden agreement with Nextel that any non iden handset it makes can't be quite as tough or good as the Idens. Hmm? I respect the Iden handsets, I wish that Big Red or the Orange and Blue globe had as good a product available for them.

4. knuckleballer34

Posts: 119; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

Good point Jay. Something must be amiss at Motorola for their iDEN "rugged" handsets to be better designed/constructed than their other PTT devices. I personally had the Tundra before, and it was as good as any iDEN Motorola i've had. The Barrage might just be a lemon for all anyone knows. But i'm with you; I would think that Motorola has to have some kind of exclusive deal with Nextel and the other iDEN carriers. Maybe since Motorola technicians invented iDEN, they don't want to make too many non iDEN PTT phones so their technology won't go under. That's my best guess. If At&t and Verizon offered 4-5 really good Motorola PTT models, i'm sure they would cipher a decent amount of Nextel customers. Thank you for the comment!

3. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

What I don't get is why Moto can't just pull the Nextel radio out of their phones and run it on CDMA for Verizon (unless they have an exclusivity deal).

5. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

Yay, another VZW bashing article!

6. Dave Lister

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Don't you think you're going a little overboard? Reporting a potential issue with a phone is hardly "VZW bashing".

7. knuckleballer34

Posts: 119; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

Good point. You could argue it's Motorola and not Verizon. I do agree though that Verizon is widely targeted on this website. There are way too many Apple fanboys on here.

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