Nextel Direct Connect Coming to CDMA
Jan 14, 2002, 11:24 AM by (staff)
Nextel, Motorola, and Qualcomm recently agreed to develop a version of Nextel's Direct Connect feature that will work on Qualcomm's 3G technology, cdma2000. The new technology will be based on Qualcomm's existing QChat product. The new service will extend Direct Connect to work globally. This announcement also lays the groundwork for Nextel to move to cdma2000 as a 3G upgrade path, as has been rumored for nearly 18 months.
Kyocera's DuraTR Is a Robust Feature Phone with Direct Connect for Sprint
Kyocera has quietly launched the DuraTR, a ruggedized bar phone intended for Sprint's Direct Connect service. The DuraTR meets mil-spec 810G for protection from drops, bumps, scrapes, and bruises.
Samsung Connect Tag Lets You Track Your Stuff
Samsung today announced the Connect Tag, a wireless fob that you can attach to just about anything to monitor its location. Samsung envisions the Connect Tag will work best on kids' backpacks, car keys, dog collars, or even tossed inside cars.
Sprint Likely Switch from Qualcomm to Kodiak for PTT Services
Sprint is on the verge of offering a new version of its push-to-talk service, according to the company's web site. Direct Connect Plus, when it becomes available, will allow "a wide selection of feature phones, smartphones, and tablets" to make PTT calls via 3G, 4G LTE, and WiFi.
Sprint's Direct Connect Plus PTT Service Is Now Live
Sprint recently launched its Direct Connect Plus push-to-talk service. Direct Connect Plus powers walkie-talkie style conversations with instant connections between users.
Oppo Licenses Qualcomm 3G/4G Patents
Oppo today said it has agreed to license a number of Qualcomm patents pertaining to 3G and 4G technologies. Qualcomm says Oppo may now "develop, manufacture, and sell" 3G and 4G devices in China that use its WCDMA, CDMA2000, LTE-TDD, TD-SCDMA, and GSM technologies.