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Video Tour: QChat DirectConnect

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Jun 24, 2008, 2:06 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

We take two QChat-enabled walkie-talkie phones for a spin to see how well the new DirectConnect technology really works. Does it hold a candle to iDEN? Yes, yes it does.

Sprint recently rolled out a brand-new walkie-talkie service based on different technology compared to what it has used in the past. Previous Sprint Nextel phones used the Nextel iDEN network to pass walkie-talkie signals back and forth. This service was fast and reliable, and has become a way of life for literally millions of users.

The problem is Sprint's iDEN network is old, and has no clear migration path to 4G. This means Sprint is faced with the challenge of providing a comparable walkie-talkie service over its existing CDMA network. Sprint and technology partner Qualcomm have cooked up a new way for walkie-talkie signals to pass back and forth over the CDMA network with performance equivalent to that of the old iDEN network. It is called QChat. QChat needs some serious 3G action to work. It needs EVDO Rev. A (which has shorter latency periods) to match the speeds seen on the iDEN network.



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I wouldn't be caught dead with these phones!! ArmySF Jun 24, 2008, 3:41 PM
Pictures over QChat scorpio Jun 25, 2008, 12:36 PM
I like how you can throw that... shoelace_510 Jun 24, 2008, 11:32 PM
New phones ed54 Jun 24, 2008, 8:49 PM
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