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Sprint Officially Launches Dual Mode Phones

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Jan 16, 2007, 2:47 PM   by (staff)

Sprint today officially launched its dual mode iDEN / CDMA service and handsets today, though the phones have been on sale for a month now. These phones use Sprint's CDMA network for standard phone calls and data and the iDEN network for all walkie-talkie type services. Instead of offering separate price plans for these hybrid phones, customers will be able to choose any Sprint plan and get free unlimited walkie talkie service with any plan over $40. However features like group walkie talkie and others will cost extra. Sprint has given each of the new phones names - the iC 402 is called Blend and the iC 502 is now called Buzz.

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muchdrama

Jan 16, 2007, 5:03 PM

Buzz and Blend?

Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame.
it's better that racer and racer lite... or the ever so famous ic402 and ic502
muchdrama said:
Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame.

come on man...... what do you expect when you merge the two worst networks together. rocket science? Laughing
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muchdrama said:
Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame.


What the hell do you care? Don't you use some old crap phone on Verizon anyway? LOL

Besides, it's a very good idea and I applaud Sprint for this. Who gives a rats a$$ wh...
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LOL totally!
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And the new call brand? (Which is mandatory and so incredibly hard to say without giggling) "Thanks for powering up with Sprint together with Nextel!"
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digitmasher

Jan 17, 2007, 12:36 PM

Not to steal anyone's thunder..

but the frequency that these phones use for CDMA service is only 1900 Mhz. Yes you will be able to have more reliable voice calls, stronger data and a much more intuitive and easier text protocol, but you won't be able to roam! There isn't any 850Mhz capability with these hybrids, so essentially you still have a Nextel phone and coverage, its just that it happens to be using CDMA technology for calls. So if you happen to travel alot and are in an area that Sprint has a roaming agreement you still wont be able to use this phone.
i dont get why they would make this phone and not have roaming put into this phone. what is the eye catcher with this phone? it wont have EVDO so what would make someone from the IDEN network switch over to the CDMA network? they didnt really think ab...
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Actually I think undrgrnd is right, a little wordy, but right. All this negative talk is a bunch of people looking to complain about a cell phone company they hate (that's probly never happened before).
Fact is, the phone does exactly what it was mea...
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Anyone looking to use these phone in the northeast is out of luck. All of Sprint's roaming agreements in the NE area are with companies that support only 850 and not 1900. At first these phones where not even going to be launched in the NE area.
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TradeMark_310

Jan 17, 2007, 3:41 PM

Good I guess...

This is what Sprint/Nextel has been waiting for, but reading the posts here it seems haphazard and it seems thet quickly threw this together just to have SOMETHING justifying the merger. So it's a normal Sprint with Push to Talk? Seems lame.
It's a good idea in theory, but so far it has not been working out to great. Specifically there have been TONS of porting issues.

If they could get the problems ironed out it would be great, because at least a couple of people a day come in to my s...
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It is a patch until they they can switch push to talk to evdo.
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seanizzle

Jan 16, 2007, 4:15 PM

Uh-oh...

These phones have been nothing but hell for our store so far, hopefully they have it worked out by now. Smile
yea, if they're anything like the "blending" that has happened thus far with the technologies, I wouldn't expect any miracles. They still may be laying off employees from their profit loss Laughing
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snang

Jan 16, 2007, 3:50 PM

Niiiiice.

This is a very good idea.

Nobody likes ReadyLink. People are always asking if they can use it with DirectConnect. Another step in the right direction.
totally! nextel is the only service to use any kinda ptt. go sprint
undrgrnd

Jan 16, 2007, 4:04 PM

Finally

Finally a nationwide launch and not just availablity in the 23 test markets originally assigned... way to go sprint... i knew you wouldn't let me down this time...
 
 
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