Sprint officially announces QChat launch
QChat, of course, is Qualcomm's CDMA PTT technology that is interoperable with iDEN, meaning Nextel users can finally start to move to the more reliable CDMA network. We'll have a more in-depth look at CDMA PTT in our upcoming PRO-700 review, but the quick skinny is that it works, and works well.
It works over EVDO Rev. A, so unlike Nextel voice coverage does not mean PTT coverage. For that reason the launch only covers 46 markets where Rev A nearly mirrors iDEN coverage, which will help smooth the transition for customers. The service will be launched in more markets by the end of the year, and will still work in Rev. A markets even if the devices are not sold there.
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