Sprint Direct Connect Service Experiencing Trouble
Sprint today indicated that some of its Direct Connect subscribers may not have access to the push-to-talk service. In a statement emailed to Phone Scoop, a Sprint spokesperson said, "Due to a temporary equipment disruption, some Sprint Direct Connect customers may be experiencing an interruption in their push-to-talk services. Our network engineers are aggressively working on the situation and we hope to have service fully restored as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this might be causing our customers at this time." Sprint did not say how many customers are being affected by the issue, nor when the issue may be resolved. The Direct Connect service uses CDMA-based technology to power walkie-talkie conversations. It is replacing the outgoing iDEN PTT network, which will be fully discontinued by June 2013.
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.
Good luck with that LTE stuff on Sprint.