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Sprint Likely Switch from Qualcomm to Kodiak for PTT Services

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Sprint PTT has always been a joke

cellphonesaretools

May 5, 2017, 4:28 PM
Originally Nextel customers, our family switched to Sprint's Qualcomm-based PTT in 2013, just a couple of months before Sprint shut down the iDEN PTT network. Sprint's PTT was absolutely horrible, largely because Sprint's 3G and 4G networks themselves were so horrible (terrible coverage, and too slow in the few places where there was Sprint 3G/4G signal). As soon as our contracts were up, we left Sprint and for the most part just started texting instead of using PTT.

I wonder how switching to Kodiak will help improve Sprint's dismal PTT performance, because Kodiak still has to run over Sprint's networks. Frankly, I didn't think there is that much PTT business left in the US to bother with.

The best PTT solution these days is to use the...
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PhoneMaster

May 6, 2017, 8:49 AM
The big issue with Sprint vs. iDEN performance at the time was that you went from running PTT on a resilient, truncked, low-band TDMA network great for voice communications to a poor, mid-band CDMA network and a nascent LTE network.

Sprint's network, while still not as good as the other providers', has come a long way since though, especially since they repurposed the iDEN spectrum to deploy reliable 1xADV voice and LTE data so I would expect much improved PTT performance as compared to post-iDEN 2013.
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gloopey1

May 7, 2017, 7:52 PM
"...Sprint's network, while still not as good as the other providers', has come a long way since though, especially since they repurposed the iDEN spectrum to deploy reliable 1xADV voice and LTE data so I would expect much improved PTT performance as compared to post-iDEN 2013..."

Any CDMA provider with roaming agreements, like Sprint, is going to provide superior coverage when compared to GSM. Regardless of how "good" a GSM network might be, rural coverage is still a huge gap.
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cellphonesaretools

May 8, 2017, 11:44 AM
RE: "Any CDMA provider with roaming agreements, like Sprint, is going to provide superior coverage when compared to GSM. Regardless of how "good" a GSM network might be, rural coverage is still a huge gap."

>>>That was not our experience at all. Sprint always had lousy coverage in the areas we used it (chiefly, CA, CT & NY), whereas both Verizon (spouse) and AT&T (me) have not had any issues with coverage since we switched away from Sprint.

I don't know if Sprint roams onto Verizon now, but the whole time we both had Sprint for our personal phones, spouse had Verizon work phone, and there were MANY, MANY instances where, side by side, the VZ phone had good signal, whereas the Sprint phone had little or no (or abysmally slow) signal. So...
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