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Sprint Offers PTT to Android Phones Via New App

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Replying to:  Touché, Sprint. by carmodboy99   Oct 24, 2012, 10:37 AM

Re: Touché, Sprint.

by cellphonesaretools    Oct 25, 2012, 12:28 AM

If this Andriod PTT app works well, and if Sprint can get their CDMA-based Sprint Direct Connect network to work correctly & consistently, they might have something. And if it works, it certainly will be nice for current PTT users to have a much broader choice of more attractive, more capable mobile devices to choose from.

Nothing to do with Sprint, but in the same vein as Android-based PTT devices, here are a couple of links on the new Harris ruggedized LTE Android PTT phone for first responders, to be used on the new FirstNet nationwide, unified emergency services wireless network in the 700 MHz region:
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http://www.businesswire.com/multimedia/home/2 0120928005026/en/2740721/Harris-Corporation-I ntroduces-InTouch-Rugged-Smartphone-Public

article: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/2012092 8005026/en/Harris-Corporation-Introduces-InTo uch-Rugged-Smartphone-Public


Judging by all of the complaints posted on Sprint's own website from former Nextel users who are unhappy with the new CDMA Sprint Direct Connect service (see http://www.phonescoop.com/carriers/forum.php? fm=m&ff=1&fi=3190235 ), they still have a ways to go. Sprint is just not getting their network in shape in enough places to keep their former Nextel iDEN-based PTT users happy, as the current CDMA network is not up to the task nationwide yet. Maybe someday...but then again, maybe not. To date, Sprint has never completed their promised buildouts & upgrades of ANY of their networks, not the full CDMA rev A buildout (which competitor Verizon completed handily years ago), not Wimax, not Network Vision, not LTE.

The other thing that is odd about Sprint's latest push for PTT on CDMA, there are no ads promoting how to use it effectively & considerately for family & friends use. PTT is a great tool in addition to voice, texting & data capability, but two-way radio communications takes a bit more thought to use properly & effectively, and so far Sprint has done nothing to promote the benefits & proper use of PTT. Not since Nextel was taken over, anyway. Commercial users learn how to use it well, but the average "friends & family" non-commercial users are clueless as to how it can possibly be of use to them, let alone how to use it properly. Imagine what it will be like when a few million clueless Android PTT users hit the streets.

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