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Sprint's iDEN Network Shuts Down Tonight

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Top message:  Good riddance! by JJinNYC   Jun 29, 2013, 6:14 PM

Replying to:  Re: Good & bad by TheNexxuvas   Jun 30, 2013, 12:55 PM

Re: Good & bad

by cellphonesaretools    Jun 30, 2013, 1:39 PM

TheNexxuvas said:
SDC is not an app, mr AT&T employee, how very uniformed you are. SDC is used via DC button just like older Nextel handsets, except over LTE, EVDO, and 1x via a different service than Qchat.

Call it Enhanced Qchat or Qchat 2.0 or whatever you want, but Qchat is not what is being used. The Torque is currently using EVDO and 1x, but will get a MR to work on LTE for SDC pretty shortly.

There is like 2 maybe 3 handsets that are regulated to an SDC app, as a cool bonus feature, but the Dura line from Kyocera, the Sonim and Moto's Admiral units all have a dedicated DC button, just like the Iden Handsets.

Plus, those Mexico Nextel users can be reached via SDC cross country, which keeps a big portion of users moving to SDC since it's still compatible for that like the NDC was.


I believe you are correct, but to me, whether it is an "app" or not is far, far less important than the real-world performance. Unfortunately, the real-world performance of Sprint's CDMA-based PTT ("Sprint Direct Connect", a.k.a. "SDC") is NOT good.

Despite all of the claims coming out of Sprint's corporate offices, the real-world performance of SDC is extremely poor, and effectively the coverage for SDC is significantly LESS than Nextel's iDEN-based PTT was (SDC is far, far from being 3X better as Sprint corporate claims).

With iDEN now shut down, all we PTT users can do is hope that Sprint does pull through and reconfigure the network so that SDC eventually works as well as NDC did.

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