First Dual Mode iDEN / CDMA Phone Revealed
Jul 3, 2006, 11:49 AM by (staff)
The FCC Friday approved the first dual mode handset that will use both Sprint and Nextel's network. The IC502 will use Sprint's CDMA network for traditional voice calls as well as for data access and will use the iDEN network for all Push To Talk features. The IC502 is relatively simple clamshell phone with dual displays and no advanced features other than 1xRTT data for browsing and other online applications. Otherwise, it appears to retain the look and feel of Nextel's handsets. In March, Sprint announced they intend to launch this phone and possibly other similar dual mode models by October of this year.
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Sprint and Nextel: SLOWLY dominating the market......& "yes, WE can"
The Hybrid Phone
THIS IS HUGE! Sprint is seen as a leader in wireless data communications and has a stronger presence in the consumer market, while Nextel has been the pioneer in the walkie-talkie service and has its primary customer base among business customers. This is just the begining of Sprint and Nextel actually merging together so you get the best of both services and features. And...
Two-Mode iDEN/CDMA--an unholy marriage
I'm really getting nervous about this as a Two-Mode iDEN/CDMA may look to be very unholy. I won't know what the results are gonna be, but again, I don't know what to say from this point on because I like the iDEN network much better than the CDMA for both phone calls and walkie talkie calls. You have to choose one or the other, but BOTH is such an unholy option that I have to consider this one to be unholy at the moment.
pointless . . .
You are all LAME!!!
So... are these dual mode phones for the Nextel accounts or the Sprint accounts?
This phone doesn't support 800mhz cdma
I just found out from the website "phone arena" that this phone will only support 1900mhz cdma and 800mhz iden. No roaming onto Verizons 800mhz cdma. I'm not too happy about that since Sprint's coverage is minimal witho
I LOVE MOTOROLA!!!!
i love motorola...especially the razr....its the best thing to ever happen to the cellular world....my razr is like my best friend....dependable..fun...and has some many good features.....
who wouldnt want a razr---esque..type phone...they are the best..
its the best and anyone that denies it is just jealous that cant afford it...
I LOVE ME THE RAZR!!! WHOO HOOO!!!!
Are you saying $50 is expensive for a phone?
So I read the user manual....
"has a sim card"
"Flasing PTT button"
Methinks its a sprint phone.
Do you mean for Sprint customers instead of Nextel ones?
URL for the ic502 by Motorola (Dual-Mode)
For those who are interested.
In theory you would think this would work.
Check it out on https://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/oet/forms/blob s/retrieve.cgi?attachment_id=676314&native_or _pdf=p...
This doesn't really impress me as much as it would have if Moto had found a way to hand off voice calls seamlessly between the two networks...in case you leave a Sprint covered area and enter Nextel territory.
Am I right in taking it that this will be strictly Sprint's voice and data, and Nextel's iDen?
Looks like whoever mentioned the nightmares of GAIT phones can sleep easy.
Are they still going to offer Nextel Phones just for nextel service come october?
... This doesn't really impress me as much as it would have if Moto had found a way to hand off voice calls seamlessly between the two networks...in case you leave a Sprint covered area and enter Nextel territory. ..
So you won't be able to take full advantage of having access to both voice networks with this phone? I have to say...that's what I was expecting of this phone. Now I'm not too excited.
This doesn't really impress
here are my ideas for a high-end cdma/iden phone:
form factor: candybar, slider, or flip thin phone
variety of colors
big screen, maybe qvga
iden for dc
evdo or 1xrtt for wireless data
NO DAMN EXTERNAL ANTENNA!!!
mp3 player w/ a micro or minisd slot
advanced personal management features or even customizable ones
windows mobile or palm os
And that phone (or at least a bunch of what you want) probably isn't that f...
Let's rally to palm, if everybody does, they'll make it!
Oh, wait it'll be $799.99 before rebates, or something else ridiculous.
$400? the least expensive current palm or windows phone...
It would be cdma 800, 1.9 not 850.
Just an FYI, these types of phones are in the works but they are...
listen to you people...
and im sure some of you bitched when the RAZR came out "oh thats not thin enough" ...
now your bitching because the phone doesnt work the way you want!?! be happy sprint is releasing this phone as a START and just wait to see what comes ... before you complain!
To hit a few points from the other posts about this article.
1. Sprint never promised a phone that did BOTH networks completely. This is the exact phone that Sp...
It might not have the best features, but I know about half a million people that would kill for this phone right now...