I'm sorry, but from the review, it sounds like there are so many things that us iDEN folks are accustomed to having perfect right out of the bat, that it's a wonder that this phone ever made it out of the lab and onto store shelves. Why do I say that??? Here's why...
The phone's volume on the ear piece and loud speaker are both weak at best. If you're doing anything outside where there is sound above say 70 decibels (which happens often on even "quiet" construction sites), then this phone will be useless.
Secondly, signal strength. As the review stated, his iDEN device worked IN his basement (and everywhere else) whereas this Kyocera barely worked indoors, and failed in the basement. Outdoors should improve things, but that's not ... (continues)
Well,"quasijedi" I have been a Nextel user for 15 years. I purchased 6 of these devices for my company and they work better than the majority of Nextel phones that we've ever used. The sound quality is fine and the reception and battery life is outstanding. It's rugged and even waterproof. Our warehouse is NOT in rev A coverage and the phones still work fine (direct Connect too). I am glad that I took the advice of my employee and upgraded our devices. I have come to learn that this is a Sanyo phone which is now branded Kyocera. From what I was told Kyocera bought Sanyo because of their reputation for making good quality phones. My wife is still talking on a Sanyo phone that she has had since 2006.