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Review: Sonim XP Strike for Sprint

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Not good news, but good to know...

by 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 a couple of weeks ago to inquire when they will have the Sprint Direct Connect (CDMA) equivalent of the i365's we currently use, and I was told they have no intention of adding any Motorola phones to the Sprint Direct Connect lineup. Such a pity, because the rugged Motorola iDEN phones always got great reviews by their users, and they had none of the problematic design/quality issues the Kyoceras & now the Sonim are having.

Typical Sprint, take what is already proven and works extremely well (i.e. Motorola rugged phones) and ruin it (i.e. Kyocera, Sonim). I guess Sprint never heard of the "If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it." maxim.

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