Sprint Announces First CDMA Direct Connect Phones
Sprint today announced that it will launch its CDMA-based Direct Connect service during the fourth quarter of the year. When it launches, the new Sprint Direct Connect will be available in an area that is three times larger than its current iDEN-based walkie-talkie service. Sprint said the first generation of devices to include this new service (two from Kyocera, one from Motorola) will offer most of the same push-to-talk features that are available on today's iDEN handsets, as well as new features that take advantage of Sprint's CDMA 3G network. Pricing and availability were not disclosed.
- Kyocera DuraMax: This rugged clamshell includes mil-spec 810G toughness and is encased in a rubber "Dura-Grip" material for easier use. It also has a 3.2 megapixel camera with video capture; 2-inch QVGA display; 1GB microSD card (support for 32GB); stereo Bluetooth and GPS radios; 2.5mm headset jack; and messaging applications.
- Kyocera DuraCore: This simpler rugged clamshell shares most of the features included in the DuraMax, but adds a bi-directional speakerphone and a large-font menu option. It loses the camera.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Kyocera Torque XT Now On Sale at Sprint Stores
Sprint and Kyocera today announced the Torque XT, a minor update to the original Torque. The two updates include compatibility with Sprint's Direct Connect walkie-talkie service, and the improvement on onboard storage to 20GB.
Kyocera's DuraForce Brings PTT to AT&T
AT&T today announced the pending availability of the Kyocera DuraForce, a ruggedized Android smartphone. Like many of Kyocera's rugged devices, the DuraForce is mil-spec 810G and IP-68 certified.
Kyocera DuraXTP Is the Latest Rugged Feature Phone for Sprint
Kyocera and Sprint today announced the DuraXTP, an ultra-rugged feature phone. The DuraXTP is rated mil-spec 810G for durability and IP68 for protection against water and dust.
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.
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