Sprint Putting Direct Connect In Android App Form
At a press event today, Sprint revealed Direct Connect Now, a push-to-talk / walkie-talkie service in the form of an Android app that will work with most (if not all) of the company's Android phones going forward. The app will be available soon for download from Google Play and Sprint Zone It will be fully interoperable with customers using CDMA and iDEN Direct Connect phones.
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Just what Sprint needs to keep DC alive
I recently upgraded to the Motorola Admiral, a Sprint Direct Connect Android phone, and DC works just as well on CDMA EVDO RevA as it did on iDEN network.
The only problem with Direct Connect is that as people are moving away from iDEN network less people are chosing to keep Direct Connect with the very small selection of decent phones that Sprint offers with this feature built-in.
I'm hoping that with this application, Sprint will be able to expand their user base of DC, and more people will willingly adopt it and make...