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HatesBlackberrys

Jan 31, 2012, 1:20 PM
Interesting, I thought that feature was exclusive to Nextel phones and this is a CDMA phone, right?
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alteredstate

Jan 31, 2012, 4:45 PM
The current PTT network (iDen) is being phased out starting next year due to it's obsolete data speeds and the overall infrastructure costs of running two separate networks. CDMA walkie talkies are going to be the standard. See this article from Cnet http://www.cnet.com/8301-17918_1-20024799-85. html
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deanwoof

Jan 31, 2012, 6:48 PM
lol thanks for totally not responding to the question
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alteredstate

Feb 1, 2012, 10:14 PM
You're welcome, Very Happy
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deval

Feb 1, 2012, 10:34 PM
Yep, Nextmail works on any Sprint phone...take a look: http://nextmail.org/
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island-guy

Jan 31, 2012, 10:16 PM
CDMA should be able to do this quicker or maybe in real time. The neat thing is that now that this is CDMA based, it could be a feature such as PTT that we may see as an application for Andriod someday.
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cellphonesaretools

Feb 1, 2012, 12:42 AM
island-guy said:
CDMA should be able to do this quicker or maybe in real time. The neat thing is that now that this is CDMA based, it could be a feature such as PTT that we may see as an application for Andriod someday.


Are you high? All PTT on CDMA & GSM is an IP-based emulator, and they are NOWHERE NEAR as consisteltly fast as the true dispatch-based PTT service on iDEN.

The new Sprint Direct Connect supposedly does the best job of emulating PTT so far, but only time will tell if it is consistently as fast as iDEN-based PTT.

And don't forget, when the cell-phone channels all nut up in a local or regional emergency (hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, etc), your emulator-based PTT will stop dead, ju...
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island-guy

Feb 1, 2012, 12:51 PM
Have you ever tried the new direct connect PTT? Put the pipe down and go try it. Granted it's limited to the 3G coverage and performance on current frequency, it's just as fast in good coverage areas and I personally like the faster data speeds for messaging and emails. Iden is great but you're sure gonna be lonely in the woods when they turn off the network next year.
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cellphonesaretools

Feb 2, 2012, 12:33 AM
As I said already, Sprint Direct Connect comes the closest so far to matching iDEN DC in terms of speed, when there is strong Rev A signal. However, there is a LOT of Sprint's network that still has never been upgraded to Rev A, so overall the jury is still out on how well SDC will CONSISTENTLY perform over the ENTIRE Sprint network. Nextel's iDEN PTT, still going strong after nearly 15 years (the last six years of which it has not been upgraded one iota) is still the gold-standard, and only time will tell if SDC can match that.

Certainly CDMA data speed is light-years better than WiDEN, no argument there.

In Nextel's defense, they had already rolled out regional trials of OFDMA-based high-speed data network to run alongside iDEN, to m...
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deval

Feb 1, 2012, 10:40 PM
The whole dispatched-based thing works but try making a voice call on it. Sounds like a tin can on a string. The network was never intended to be used as a voice call, and don't even get me started on the data...WiDen? LOL...4 channels used to get a blazing 100kbit/s Smile

I think the future/evolution of PTT will be the feature adds, the Push-to-X features, and not necessarily the PTT.
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cellphonesaretools

Feb 2, 2012, 12:15 AM
deval said:
"The whole dispatched-based thing works but try making a voice call on it. Sounds like a tin can on a string."

Not sure what you are trying to say there, but I've used Nextel for just shy of ten years, and the audio quality for both DC & voice are superb. Not every call, but at least 95% of all calls, are perfectly clear, every bit as clear as Verizon (spouse has had VZ for those same ten years). We all know that EVERY carrier and EVERY technology has areas of signal where audio quality sucks.

But then there is AT&T, wherein audio quality sucks everywhere, all the time ;-)
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island-guy

Feb 2, 2012, 12:36 AM
I always paid the most for Nextel iDen service because it was the best sounding and solidly performing cell network. I loved how it always sounded like I was on a land line and I could get a signal throughout the mountains and quite far off shore when fishing. I've had At&t business service for 15+ years and I'll be the first to admit that as soon as they switched from TDMA to GSM, the quality of their cell service went from great to mediocre. The voice quality is very inconsistent and with the current transition to HSDPA and LTE, I'm starting to drop more and more calls. Hopefully T-mobile will improve with the At&t divestment because their Value Plans are looking really attractive.
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deval

Feb 2, 2012, 8:51 AM
I was just going off my experience...I work for Sprint, and know people who use iDen devices, and I hear a difference between iDen and CDMA (Sprint). Smile

All good though, I do agree with you on that, AT&T coverage here in NYC is...
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cellphonesaretools

Feb 1, 2012, 12:36 AM
Actually, Pacific DataVision (the company that runs NextMail for Nextel), also has similar services for CDMA & GSM phones. It's not EXACTLY the same as NextMail, but it has been available for non-Nextel users for several years.

http://www.skymail.net/marketing/technology.html »

I've had NextMail since Nextel first introduced it (was it 2003?). It's a great service, and my experience with Pacific DataVision is that it is a good outfit, like the old Nextel was.

Anyhow, PDV has had non-Nextel "NextMail" equivalent for years.
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