Sprint's CDMA Direct Connect Works with Overseas iDEN Phones
Sprint today announced that customers using its CDMA-based Direct Connect service can now conduct walkie-talkie conversations with iDEN-based push-to-talk users in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and Chile. Sprint is offering unlimited PTT calling for $10 per month, as well as several less expensive options. Sprint is in the process of phasing out its iDEN network in favor of its CDMA network. Its iDEN network will be fully decommissioned by 2013. The CDMA-based PTT Direct Connect Service is a replacement technology and is available on a number of handsets.
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.
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.
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 2 You Reaches Dallas, DC, Detroit, Tampa
Sprint today expanded its Direct 2 You service to Dallas, D.C., Detroit, and Tampa. The service is live in these cities and a number of smaller cities and towns in the surrounding areas.
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