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Review: Sonim XP Strike for Sprint

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cellphonesaretools

Feb 14, 2013, 12:28 AM
Thanks for the thorough review.

Clearly the Sonim Strike is a big disappointment, but it's certainly good to know that up front, without having to go through the pain of switching from iDEN to CDMA and getting a dog like the Strike.

I had high hopes for the Sonim Strike as a replacement for our Nextel Motorola i365's, but it would appear the Strike is NOT viable, given the report of very poor audio performance for earpiece, speaker & PTT calls. The Kyocera Duraplus also has (or at least had) horrendously poor speaker performance. That's two massive strikes (no pun intended) for Sprint's hoped-for successors to the Motorola iDEN PTT line.

I emailed Dan@Sprint.com a couple of weeks ago to inquire when they will have the Sprint Direct ...
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deanwoof

Feb 14, 2013, 12:47 PM
Oh like it's all sprints fault they have to move off iden and it's all sprints fault they can't get Motorola I'm board to make a CDMA ptt phone? Lol
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cellphonesaretools

Feb 14, 2013, 2:26 PM
deanwoof said:
Oh like it's all sprints fault they have to move off iden and it's all sprints fault they can't get Motorola I'm board to make a CDMA ptt phone? Lol



The answer is yes, absolutely, on both counts.

Who has been in control of this entire thing from day one? Sprint. Who chose Kyocera? Sprint. Who chose Sonim? Sprint. Who failed to properly vet Kyocera's quality? Sprint. Who failed to properly vet the Sonim Strike? Sprint.

It's not that Sprint shouldn't transition off iDEN, and not that Sprint shouldn't cultivate Kyocera, Sonim & other manufacturers...not saying that at all. Rather, Sprint should just, for once, GET SOMETHING RIGHT instead of doing it half-arsed as they always seem to d...
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bobc74

Feb 14, 2013, 6:46 PM
Sorry if you don't like the new phones. But as a sales consultant in a Sprint dealer store in an area that used to be primarily Nextel (in fact our dealer store location at one to used to be a Nextel Corporate location), I would like to point out that since the release of the DuraXT and DuraPlus we have received 0 complaints from anyone regarding sound quality and/or volume with either the earpiece or speaker of these devices. Also I'm willing to bet the reason Motorola hasn't come to the table with any new SDC devices other than the Admiral Android device has more to do with Google's ownership of Motorola than it has to do with Sprint. How many other non-Android Motorola devices do other carriers currently have available? Not many. If any a...
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cellphonesaretools

Feb 16, 2013, 12:37 PM
Perhaps the Kyocera quality issues have been addressed, and if so, great...it's about time. Glad to hear that.

What do you have to say about the severe audio quality issues Phonescoop's reviewers had very recently with the Sonim Strike?

It's interesting that you say NONE of your customers complain about the SDC phones (and by implication, the SDC service). Some of the large Nextel customers I've talked with in my area (including the company I work for) have nothing but bad things to say about the SDC trial phones they have been using for a few months. They hate SDC all-around (the phone hardware, and the poor SDC PTT performance) and having tested them alongside their hundreds of Nextel iDEN PTT phones, are unsure of what they will do ...
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gloopey1

Feb 18, 2013, 7:00 PM
...Would likely fix this issue.

With regard to the Kyocera phones, our company recently purchased the DuraXT phones and I can tell you the volume level is higher than any Motorola we've used.
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