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Going, going, gone...
Mar 20, 2015, 9:40 AM
in the Article: AT&T Offering Push-to-Talk API to Businesses forum

Funny that AT&T is making another push at PTT, given that PTT is hardly even on anyone's radar any more. At Sprint there seems to be no progress or announcements relative to PTT. Infrequent, sporadic announcements of new phones, and no advertising or promotion of PTT at all. Sprint store personnel are clueless relative to PTT. At Verizon, absolutely nothing said about to PTT for so long I can't even remember the last news about anything PTT-related at VZ. Two years ...

Time will tell
Feb 25, 2015, 9:16 AM
in the Article: Review: Kyocera DuraForce for AT&T forum

I hope this version for AT&T is more reliable than our Kyocera Torques on Sprint. Our Torques have been unbelievably buggy since day one. For the first few months, they were a constant problem, just barely usable. They finally got the firmware updates to where the phones are usable, but they are still noticeably buggy, especially compared to my wife's iPhone4, which has had zero problems. We do love the volume & clarity of the Smart Sonic front face in lieu ...

PTT-capable, no PTT button?
Feb 5, 2015, 12:05 PM
in the Article: Review: Kyocera DuraXV for Verizon Wireless forum

I must be missing something obvious, but so far I can't see it. The Specs & Features page shows this phone to be PTT capable, yet there is no PTT button on the side (as their is will all of Kyocera's rugged flip phones on Sprint). If there is no PTT button on this simple, rugged flip phone, how does it do PTT? Which then begs the question, does anyone actually use Verizon PTT anyway? Just curious what I'm missing. Just for historical perspective, ...

Re: XP7 possible on Verizon?
Jan 31, 2015, 11:22 AM
in the Article: Review: Sonim XP7 forum

linkfeeney said: the phone is only made for GSM. Sprint and verizon uses CDMA. ATT and T-mobile uses GSM. ... ALthough it might not be 100% compatible with Verizon (yet), I think the XP7 can do both GSM and CDMA, as well as most LTE bands. If you go to the Phonescoop Specs page for the XP7, "Modes" section and click on "more details", it shows that the XP7 has a number of CDMA bands as well as GSM. Here's ...

Re: XP7 possible on Verizon?
Jan 30, 2015, 8:49 AM
in the Article: Review: Sonim XP7 forum

If Sprint eventually gets the XP7, would the Sprint version work on Verizon?

XP7 possible on Verizon?
Jan 29, 2015, 9:24 AM
in the Article: Review: Sonim XP7 forum

The XP7 article in Phonescoop News (Jan 12th) said: "The XP6 is available now from AT&T. The XP7 is perhaps the more promising of the two, and we're told to expect it from a major U.S. carrier in a month or two. " I'm interested in buying this phone and activating it on Verizon, combined with our PTT service by ESChat. That would get me as close as possible to the handset toughness and reliable PTT of ...

Re: Do yourself an even bigger favor
Jan 17, 2015, 7:13 AM
in the Article: Gloves-On with the Sonim XP7 & XP6 for AT&T forum

Thanks for the info on your use of Zello & Voxer, always good to hear people's real-world feedback. I am interested in the Sonim XP7, because I only like ruggedized phones, and it's hard to not have all of the conveniences of a touchscreen smartphone these days. Our Kyocera Torques are OK, but they have been a big disappointment in many ways...a good start for Kyocera and Sprint Direct Connect (SDC), but very weak execution on Kyocera's part, and no leadership ...

Re: Do yourself an even bigger favor
Jan 14, 2015, 10:13 AM
in the Article: Gloves-On with the Sonim XP7 & XP6 for AT&T forum

gloopey1 said: Sprint SDC is working very well with the Sonim phones that have the updates. Occasionally, it will still glitch, but it's pretty rare now. I also use Zello's PTT app on my Galaxy Tab 3. Unfortunately, Sprint Direct Connect Now is incompatible with my device -- otherwise, I would've gone that route instead. Thanks for the info, it's good to know the Sonims & SDC are working well for your company. SDC on our Torques is working fairly well, but it ...

Re: Do yourself an even bigger favor
Jan 13, 2015, 9:08 AM
in the Article: Gloves-On with the Sonim XP7 & XP6 for AT&T forum

gloopey1 said: ...My work-issued Sonim is very rugged and also water resistant. Otterboxes and other covers won't give devices the level of protection that are built in to these phones. Bulky? Yeah, so are all six inch smartphones. If you want small and lightweight, find a Moto V-60 on Ebay. Do you use your work-issued Sonim with Sprint Direct Connect? If so, how is SDC + Sonim working for your company overall? Or is your company using a PTT app instead ...

Re: PTT upstart "OnBeep"
Dec 21, 2014, 8:34 AM
in the Sprint forum

gloopey1 said: Or you could download a free PTT app like Zello, buy a $20 Bluetooth device, and call it a day. Which PTT bluetooth devices did you have in mind?

Re: Network Vision Network Flop
Dec 8, 2014, 8:24 AM
in the Article: Sprint Says Network Vision Is Basically Done forum

gloopey1 said: When you say, "Sprint's coverage sucks in comparison to AT&T and Verizon," I assume that you are referring to native network and/or 4G coverage. The reason I assume that is their voice coverage, with roaming included, is actually larger. As someone who owns a cellphone for the reason it was originally created, I'm more concerned about having a carrier that allows me access to emergency services if my car is stranded in the middle of nowhere. While Sprint ...

Re: Sprint has the MOST SPECTRUM and let us down
Dec 6, 2014, 10:05 AM
in the Article: Sprint Says Network Vision Is Basically Done forum

I'm no fan of Sprint, and my experience in southern CA is that Network Vision is a flop, but doesn't that 2.5 GHz spectrum have a lot of value in terms of bandwidth? After all, it is focused microwave links/relays that can transmit massive amounts of data over very long distances, that's how radio, television, telephone have been delivered to rural areas across the US for decades. As you point out, 2.5 GHz becomes tricky relative to wide-area distribution, due ...

PTT upstart "OnBeep"
Nov 15, 2014, 5:54 AM
in the Sprint forum

Although the market for PTT seems to be nearly gone, or at least has become nearly silent, this upstart company (OnBeep) with their "Onyx" PTT device might be of interest to the few who still use PTT for work or family communications: Background info: FAQ: I have no idea if it works as advertised, I just ran across a press release on it several days ago and thought I'd post the links in case someone might be interested ...

Re: Owings Mills/Reisterstown Maryland
Nov 15, 2014, 5:48 AM
in the Sprint forum

gloopey1 said: I'm disappointed. You waited several days to respond to my post, and that was it? Your answer to my questions was to divert attention to Sprint's financial report? Here's what I would've said if I were you: "The reason for mentioning MY plan pricing was to point out that once the OP switches to Sprint, his cost of switching back might be lower than whatever deal he's eligible for now. There's also the consideration of hidden fees that the OP ...

Re: Owings Mills/Reisterstown Maryland
Nov 9, 2014, 11:04 PM
in the Sprint forum

Again, gloop, you've failed to understand what's been said, and you're running amok casting aspersions. Sigh...if only you could read & comprehend as well as you can jump to erroneous conclusions & hurl insults. Say, how about the latest quarterly results from Sprint? I guess if it's their goal to win the race to the bottom, there's just no stopping them. :lol:

Re: Owings Mills/Reisterstown Maryland
Nov 4, 2014, 6:02 PM
in the Sprint forum

gloopey1 said: If you are unable to vouch for Sprint's coverage in his area, then why did you respond? In addition, your comparing your potential savings as a current customer versus his, and there is none. New customers who switch to Sprint would save a lot more, plus get a larger bucket of data. Cburnett, if you want to know how Sprint works, do the free trial and see for yourself. Most folks on here only want to vent their frustrations ...

Re: Owings Mills/Reisterstown Maryland
Nov 2, 2014, 1:11 PM
in the Sprint forum

cburnett565 said: Good Morning Everyone, I am thinking of switching from Verizon to Sprint. I had a mobile business when using Verizon, that is why I went with them. I really needed very dependable service. Now I am stationary with a shop instead, and would love to cut my bill in half. So Sprint is offering to pay end of contract fees if you sign up and get the iPhone6. Your plan will be $50 a month and ...

Oct 24, 2014, 11:52 AM
in the Article: Sprint Improves Its Least-Expensive Data Plan forum

T Bone said: ...The only way to right the ship is invest in the network, expand coverage to places where it doesn't exist and improve coverage in places where it does exist. Amen to that. After YEARS of Sprint's continual shortfalls WRT their networks, it boggles the mind that they have never taken to heart that the most important thing really is the breadth & quality of the network. Sprint has made so many network mistakes of their own from which ...

Dit they fix the wimpy PTT button?
Oct 20, 2014, 8:08 AM
in the Article: Kyocera Torque XT Now On Sale at Sprint Stores forum

I'm hoping the engineers at Kyocera fixed the way-way-WAY too easy to push PTT button. If they failed to do that, shame on them, and this phone will still be a fail, just as the first iteration is. Difficult to believe that after nearly two years since introducing a new hardwired-PTT phone, the best Sprint & Kyocera can do is a warmed-over Torque. It goes to show that PTT is dead.

Re: Sprint......seriously?
Aug 25, 2014, 11:34 AM
in the Sprint forum

gloopey1 said: The company that I work for still uses it, and many of my work contacts have PTT-only phones. If a given company needs PTT, and their Sprint CDMA coverage is good enough, it's still the best solution out there for efficient, intra-company comms, IMO. Most of the companies around here that were long-term Nextel customers found the SDC performance to be so poor, they either went to AT&T's "EPTT", or to Verizon and gave up on PTT altogether (substituting ...

Re: Sprint......seriously?
Aug 24, 2014, 2:00 PM
in the Sprint forum

lanmansa said: Are you still on Sprint using the PTT service over 3G yet? ... Yes, in March of 2013 we switched from Nextel & iDEN PTT to Sprint's CDMA 3G PTT. At first SDC (Sprint Direct Connect) was absolutely terrible, roughly only 50% success rate on first-try connections, and lots of PTT calls failed mid-call, even if it did manage to make a proper first-try connection. About Fall of 2013 it began to improve a bit, and now SDC is probably operating ...

Re: Sprint......seriously?
Aug 21, 2014, 9:47 AM
in the Sprint forum

gloopey1 said: Unfortunately, Verizon and AT&T still have coverage issues in some places. ... Long story short, your incredulous attitude toward anyone who wants or needs Sprint shows your lack of knowledge about how the real world operates. Possibly. But looked at from another angle, the REALLY incredible thing is how after 15+ years in the wireless business, with multiple failures and missteps from which to have learned, it is still Sprint that doesn't understand how the real world operates. If they ...

Re: Sprint......seriously?
Aug 20, 2014, 6:15 PM
in the Sprint forum

They were a questionable outfit when they took over Nextel, they ruined Nextel (in the process losing something like 15,000,000 customers and writing off $28 billion of shareholder equity), they spent billions more "upgrading" their CDMA network and building a brand new LTE network, and they're still in last place and sinking. For all those years Sprint's legacy customers and the media blamed it all on Nextel...turns out the problems Nextel brought to the party were absolutely minor in comparison ...

Re: Not just water proof
Aug 14, 2014, 8:15 AM
in the Article: Review: Kyocera Brigadier for Verizon Wireless forum

enine said: The USB cover was annoying so I bought a $20 wireless charger. One of the best things about the Torque (and it appears that this Brigadier model is probably a spin-off from the Torque) is the incorporation of two brass charging contacts on the rear of the phone so it can be dropped into a charging cradle, no fussing with the USB cover and plugging in cables. The Kyocera Torque charging cradle also stands the phone up at a ...

Re: ...but what about the PTT button?
Aug 14, 2014, 8:08 AM
in the Article: Review: Kyocera Brigadier for Verizon Wireless forum

enine said: This doesn't have a PTT button, though I suppose you could set the programmable button to do it. That programmable button is actually designed as a PTT button, here's an excerpt from the article: "There's also a massive user-assignable action key. Kyocera told us that the Brigadier will receive PTT in a future update..." If it was just a regular user-assignable button, it would be much smaller like all other buttons on the exterior. But it's huge ...

...but what about the PTT button?
Aug 8, 2014, 4:43 PM
in the Article: Review: Kyocera Brigadier for Verizon Wireless forum

Great review, thank you. The many photos allow one to really get a feel for what the phone looks like & how its built. Because the Brigadier looks a lot like the Kyocera Torque from Sprint, I'm wondering if the Verizon version has the same wimpy PTT button that the Torque has. Any info on that will be appreciated. The old Motorola PTT phones had excellent PTT buttons, honed from many years of feedback from two-way radio customers over several decades, ...

Re: Better Options for PTT Nowadays
Aug 8, 2014, 4:24 PM
in the Article: Verizon Adding PTT to Select Phones Via New App forum

tschlicht said: ... With Verizon and the other carrier options we can use a PTT only phone at a greatly reduced price for our guys in the field. Can you tell us how the Verizon PTT-Plus app (and any others you might be using) are doing in the real world for your field personnel?

Re: Sprint - The Most Expensive Carrier
Aug 6, 2014, 7:57 AM
in the Sprint forum

gloopey1 said: Coverage and network performance is about the same as a year ago, before Sprint started tinkering with everything. I have been using Zello to communicate with a friend in Argentina. It's just as fast as Nextel was and very reliable - even sounds the same. I really don't want a pay service when Zello is free. Does Prip have a free version? Not a free version per se, just the first month free & you can cancel within ...

Re: Sprint - The Most Expensive Carrier
Aug 4, 2014, 7:48 PM
in the Sprint forum

gloopey1 said: I just downloaded Zello on my Galaxy Tab 3. It's about as close to Nextel as it gets. If Zello doesn't work out for you, you might consider giving Prip a try (website is simply ""). They charge $1.99/mo, which I understand may well be a show-stopper for many folks when they can get Zello or other satisfactory app for free, but Prip is a cooperation between NII and Motorola, i.e. it was commissioned & built by the original ...

Re: Sprint - The Most Expensive Carrier
Jul 22, 2014, 9:10 AM
in the Sprint forum

gloopey1 said: ... My company stayed with Sprint after the iDEN shutdown. I carry a Sonim Strike at work and the push-to-talk feature is way slower and less reliable than Nextel's instantaneous system was. Sprint, I think you shut down the wrong network and kept the wrong name. Your business customers were the backbone of the company, and you did away with them by making poor decisions. You might as well not have customer care reps because none of them are allowed ...

Re: management
Mar 8, 2014, 11:18 AM
in the Article: Sprint Shakes Up Network Team forum

bobc74 said: Easier said than done. They were already using the 3 top network vendors, Ericcson, Alcatel-Lucent, and Samsung. If those top companies couldn't meet Sprint's timetable, image what would have happened if they changed mid-build. They'd still probably be stuck in mid-build until 2015. Boy, did you leave yourself wide open... "They were already using the 3 top network vendors, Ericcson, Alcatel-Lucent, and Samsung." >>> And WHO, do you think, chose to outsource all of network ...

Re: LTE getting better where you are?
Jan 31, 2014, 12:33 AM
in the Sprint forum

Jayshmay said: Is Sprint the only affordable option where you live? No, we have excellent coverage by VZ, slightly less by AT&T, then T-Mo and Sprint are roughly tied for last. Both S & T have noticeably poorer coverage than the two biggies, and as I've said before, Sprint's data speeds are very poor here (no LTE at all, and 3G ekes out 0.5 Mbps on a good day, more typically it runs 0.2 Mbps). When they shuttered iDEN, we stuck with ...

Re: LTE getting better where you are?
Jan 23, 2014, 12:30 AM
in the Sprint forum

vercetti said: I am sure they are working on it, the project is slated to be completed on the 1.9GHZ LTE by late summer (all towers in network) this year then the 800MHZ upgrade starts....but those are not as involved as network vision now I hope so...I received a text message from Sprint last week that they will be improving the network in our area in the coming month, so I'm really hoping we get a decent set of upgrades to ...

Re: LTE getting better where you are?
Jan 22, 2014, 12:03 AM
in the Sprint forum

Not a single drop of LTE in our area of northern Los Angeles County 8O Nor did we detect any Sprint 4G in Ventura, Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo counties a month or so ago. :o SUre glad we got that unlimited data plan :oops:

Re: Who do I need to call...
Jan 8, 2014, 12:35 AM
in the Sprint forum

I reported the original post to the moderator a couple of days ago, because it seems like it's either phishing or a solicitation to a class-action lawsuit or something. Given that the post is still up, I guess either the moderators judged it to be a legitimate post, or perhaps they are too busy with CES-2014 to do anything about it.

Re: I saw this coming
Jan 3, 2014, 1:20 PM
in the Sprint forum

gloopey1 said: Didn't take Softbank long to figure out Sprint's branding issues. Sprint tanked in Consumer Reports latest poll while their MVNOs fared well. Too many brand names! I agree, via all of the acquisitions they have too many brand names floating around and should tidy up a bit. It's true that pre-Sprint, Nextel had the highest proportion of business & government customers, but Nextel was synonymous with bulletproof PTT and comparatively secure transmission, not data. So I still don't get ...

"Sprint could bring back Nextel brand to lure business customers"
Jan 2, 2014, 1:17 PM
in the Sprint forum

May be hype, but if it's true this is an unexpected twist of the knife that killed Nextel: y/report-sprint-could-bring-back-nextel-brand -lure-business-customers/2014-01-02

Re: Only took how many years?
Dec 11, 2013, 11:47 PM
in the Article: Sprint Says Chicago-Area Network Improved forum

vercetti said: you post is incorrect, other carriers just got LTE in those cities in last 2 years, sprint started a year ago and finishing No, YOU are wrong. Sprint began its WiMax 4G rollout 4-5 years ago, that failed, so they sold the WiMax 4G part of their business to Clearwire (along with boatloads of Nextel-owned 2.5 GHz spectrum), then Clearwire failed, and somwhere in that series of FU's, Sprint decided WiMax was a dead end and started switching their 4G ...

Sprint customer service
Nov 20, 2013, 12:24 AM
in the Sprint forum

Had to call Sprint customer service twice today, once for a billing issue, then for a minor account change. Both times I was on hold for less than 30 seconds, both CS agents were pleasant, helpful & efficient and they took care of both issues quickly. Superb service today, kudos to Sprint.

SDC prioritization (interrupt level)
Nov 7, 2013, 1:39 AM
in the Sprint forum

It seems to me that one of the problems with Sprint Direct Connect ("SDC") is that it is not given the highest interrupt priority on the handsets. I'm not stating this as fact, I'm thinking out loud while trying to figure out why SDC works very well some of the time and is horribly unreliable other times. What we have noticed is that any time our Kyocera Torques went to standby mode without first pressing the Home button, PTT calls ...

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