Sprint Will Officially Use QChat For Next Gen PTT
Oct 16, 2006, 3:01 PM by (staff)
Sprint today officially confirmed it will use Qualcomm's QChat technology for its next generation Push To Talk (PTT) on the Revision A network. When launched in early 2008, QChat phones will be able to communicate with each other as well as iDEN PTT handsets on Nextel network. The announcement comes as no surprise as Nextel had exclusive rights to the platform and had been work had begun between Motorola and Qualcomm to integrate QChat and iDEN networks before the carriers merged. QChat has long been expected to be an improvement over Ready Link or other cellular PTT systems. By launching QChat in conjunction with its Revision A network, which has quality of service features and other new technology to improve speed and reliability, Sprint should be able to match the performance users expect from iDEN phones. This year, Sprint is expected to launch phones that combine CDMA for calls and data with iDEN for PTT as a stepping stone to this new all CDMA technology.
HTC One A9: First Phone To Work on Verizon Without CDMA
HTC will sell an unlocked version of its new One A9 that can be used on Verizon's LTE network, even though the phone lacks the legacy CDMA technology found in all other Verizon phones to date. That makes the One A9 the first phone announced for use with Verizon in LTE-only mode.
Motorola Solutions Acquires PTT Provider Kodiak Networks
Motorola Solutions today said it has agreed to acquire Kodiak Networks for an undisclosed sum. Motorola Solutions is the not the Lenovo-owned company behind Motorola smartphones; rather, Motorola Solutions is a separate corporation that handles first-responder and push-to-talk hardware, and wireless networking equipment.
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.
Verizon Adding PTT to Select Phones Via New App
Verizon Wireless is offering a handful of its handsets the ability to include push-to-talk, walkie-talkie features. The service, called Push To Talk Plus, is available to smartphones including the Motorola Droid Maxx, Samsung Galaxy S5, and Casio G'zOne Commando beginning today.
Sprint to Kill Off WiMax Once and for All On Nov. 6, 2015
Sprint today confirmed it will permanently shutter its WiMax network on or around November 6, 2015. The company had previously said it would operate the failed 4G network until "the end of 2015." Sprint said it has identified 6,000 "redundant sites that we expect to decommission and terminate the underlying leases," as part of the process, which will save the company some money.
It's About Bloody Time......
i'm tired of customers getting angry when i tell them that ready link and direct connect are 2 different technologies, and cannot communicate with one another.
as for the hybrids that use cdma for voice calls, and iden for data, this is still going to force customers to buy the new phones, which will result in a $36 upgrade fee, and if they get suckered into using their rebates, an other 2 year contract.
The new hybrid coming out will have data and voice with CDMA and push to talk with IDEN.
In order to maintain the popularity that Direct Connect...