Sprint Enables DirectConnect to Work Over 1xRTT
Sprint today announced that with new roaming agreements and the use of CDMA 1xRTT technology, the availability of its new DirectConnect service has expanded such that it covers three times the square mileage that its iDEN network does. According to Sprint, the DirectConnect service now works on its 1xRTT 2.5G network in its PCS 1900MHz spectrum band, which has a broader footprint than Sprint's EVDO 3G network. Sprint explained that initial call set-up time will take a bit longer over 1xRTT than over EVDO (especially in areas where the user is roaming), but that the rest of the conversation will behave as quickly as it does over EVDO. Sprint didn't name its new roaming partners, but they are other U.S. carriers that operate CDMA-1xRTT networks. Moving forward, new Sprint DirectConnect devices will ship with this feature enabled. DirectConnect devices that are already for sale, such as the Kyocera DuraMax and DuraCore, will require a software update to use DirectConnect over 1xRTT. The update will be delivered over the air beginning the week of June 18. Sprint also reaffirmed that it has ceased retail sales of iDEN handsets and will discontinue all availability of iDEN handsets in the coming weeks.
Review: Kyocera DuraMax for Sprint
Kyocera fields one of the first devices using Sprint's new CDMA-based push-to-talk service. Can this new system — and the DuraMax — live up to the solid PTT performance of Sprint's aging iDEN network?
Hands-On: Kyocera DuraCore & DuraMax for Sprint
Both the DuraCore and DuraMax are rugged phones for Sprint. Rather than support Sprint's iDEN network for PTT functions, however, they rely on the new CDMA-based alternative.
Boost Mobile Selling Kyocera DuraShock for $60
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Sprint Pegs Oct. 2 as CDMA-Based PTT Service Launch
Sprint today announced that it will launch its next-generation, IP-based push-to-talk service, which runs on its CDMA network, starting on October 2. The new Sprint Direct Connect service is available in an area that is already larger than its iDEN-based walkie-talkie service.
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.
2" display 240 x 320 pixels
1,360 mAh battery
Memory Card Slot, Water-Resistant
...uses CDMA 1x over 1900mHz? Cspire? US Cellular and Verizon do not have much PCS coverage.
Check out the new DC coverage map @ sprint.com. The coverage includes 850 mhz roaming as well.