Sprint Gives Up On QChat
Sprint spokesperson Scott Sloat has confirmed that Sprint Nextel will cease to offer push-to-talk phones based on Qualcomm's QChat technology. QChat was introduced in 2008 as an EVDO Rev. A-based alternative to Nextel's iDEN technology for PTT services. Sprint sold several models that were enabled with QChat, but will no longer offer them. Sprint Nextel's iDEN network technology has recently improved, said Sloat, and Sprint will market its PTT services for iDEN only.
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.
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.
Google Voice Integration with Sprint to End June 1
Google has begun informing Google Voice customers who’ve integrated their service with Sprint that the two services will cease working together on June 1. Google has laid out a number of steps that customers will need to take in order to retain their separate services if they so wish.
i spit my drink when i saw this!
i cant believe they gave up on it... they spent so much money, research, phones, everything. i think simply they didnt offer a wide variety besides basic phones but wow im sad to see it go
Some of the "improvements" were just finishing the rebanding job...