Sprint's new Direct Connect is a CDMA based PTT that replaces IDEN
posted by Alan F. / Mar 16, 2011, 12:30 PM
As you might expect, the initial devices to be launched with Sprint Direct Connect will be the rugged style from Motorola and Kyocera. The first two models will include an Android phone with a slide out QWERTY Keyboard and a camera carrying flip phone. In its press release, Sprint said the first few models would support "high-speed data, high-resolution cameras, and Bluetooth." More devices, including new some with new form factors, will be launched sometime in 2012. Also next year, Sprint is expected to bring International PTT to the service.
The new PTT network will be using the 800MHz, 1900MHz, and 2.5GHz bands and has three times the reach of the prior system. The new Direct Connect System will work on all of the carrier's current PTT devices.
source: Sprint via Phonescoop
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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.
posted on Mar 16, 2011, 1:46 PM 1
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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.
posted on Mar 16, 2011, 8:33 PM 1
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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.
posted on Mar 16, 2011, 8:49 PM 0
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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. John B.
posted on Mar 16, 2011, 8:56 PM 3
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
posted on Mar 16, 2011, 11:18 PM 1
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?!
posted on Mar 17, 2011, 1:14 PM 0
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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!
posted on Mar 21, 2011, 1:05 PM 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.
posted on Sep 07, 2011, 5:49 PM 0
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