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.
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