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PTT question

cellgeek82

Mar 31, 2010, 1:27 AM
I'm a smartphone user on Verizon so it's obvious that I like bells and whistles, but I sometimes want a practical phone for just talking on. I sometimes get tired of putting a mini computer to the side of my head for simple phone calls.

Verizon has some neat PTT phones but Nextel has been at this for a long time. I understand the phone quality is pretty good with Nextel phones, but what about PTT? Has anyone used both iDEN PTT and cellular 3G PTT? If so, what is your opinion on which is better? How do they compare, be detailed if you want.

I thought about adding a line to my existing Verizon family plan which would only be about $10/month. But I was just curious about Nextel's PTT service. I know I don't need to have a PTT phone...
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Amarantamin

Mar 31, 2010, 8:39 PM
The only difference is time. Phones that do PTT of of a 3G network (both Verizon's, and the ones Sprint used to sell) take longer for the PTT to connect, and for your voice to reach the other end.

Nextel's network is designed for PTT, and therefor the service is instantaneous.

In all reality, though, the difference is ~2 seconds.
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cellgeek82

Apr 1, 2010, 1:03 AM
Thanks for the info.
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cellphonesaretools

Apr 1, 2010, 8:29 AM
For PTT, anything over 1 second turns out to be a big deal in daily use. Don't underestimate the poorer user experience of the PTT from Verizon & ATT.

Besides the time thing, there is another important difference in that Nextel's PTT is a separate system that runs in parallel to the cellular voice service. That is why during major crises, Nextel PTT frequently works when other cellular systems, including VZ & ATT's PTT, become overwhelmed and shut down.

Google it and you'll find many postings about how Nextel PTT remained functioning after 9-11, Katrina, etc.

Also, Nextel phones have the off-network "Direct Talk" that no other company has.

NextMail is another wonderful PTT tool that is available only with Nextel.

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jrfdsf

Apr 1, 2010, 3:57 PM
Agreed. I don't think it can be stressed enough that Nextel is TRUE digital two-way communication, while the others are mere emulations. iDEN is the absolute best system of this kind in existence. i have used QChat, and even it pales by comparison.
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Amarantamin

Apr 5, 2010, 8:11 PM
Oh wow, lots of stuff there. Thanks for the information!
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jrfdsf

Apr 10, 2010, 10:37 AM
How do you pronounce your username?
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Amarantamin

Apr 11, 2010, 6:09 PM
Ahm-ah-rahn-tah-meen

Lots of soft 'A' sounds.

=)
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