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Direct Connect on Sprint

gloopey1

Oct 3, 2011, 12:34 PM
Other than the fact that the new Sprint DC phones utilize the 800 ESMR band, what essentially is different between this QChat and the one of 2008?

Looking at the map, the coverage from 2008 compared to now is the same, the way the system works is the same (VOIP), the features are the same, etc. The only two things that have changed are the branding (Sprint DC rather than Nextel DC) and the 800 band. Is this bandwidth even available anywhere for these phones? Basically, it looks like the phone has a radio in it that it cannot currently utilize anywhere. If that isthe case, the phone will be obsolete before it has a connection to the lower frequency.
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cellphonesaretools

Oct 3, 2011, 11:56 PM
Yeah, the "BIG DAY" for Sprint Direct Connect seems to be nothing but a whimper.

I thought the new Sprint Direct Connect was in the 1900MHz as well, I didn't know SDC was just using the 850 MHz region. But looking at the CURRENT SDC coverage (dark orange) compared to current iDEN DC coverage, I can see your point:
http://shop.sprint.com/mysprint/services_solutions/d ... » Direct Connect&detName=Sprint Direct Connect Coverage&specialCat=
PhoneScoop's initial review of the Duramax shows it is rated for 800/850/1900 MHz:
http://www.phonescoop.com/phones/phone.php?p=3340 »

Anyhow, supposedly yesterday (Sunday, Oct 02) was the day they "throw the switch" to turn on the "new" Sprint D...
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jrfdsf

Oct 10, 2011, 5:06 PM
gloopey1 said:
Other than the fact that the new Sprint DC phones utilize the 800 ESMR band, what essentially is different between this QChat and the one of 2008?

Looking at the map, the coverage from 2008 compared to now is the same, the way the system works is the same (VOIP), the features are the same, etc. The only two things that have changed are the branding (Sprint DC rather than Nextel DC) and the 800 band. Is this bandwidth even available anywhere for these phones? Basically, it looks like the phone has a radio in it that it cannot currently utilize anywhere. If that is the case, the phone will be obsolete before it has a connection to the lower frequency.

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jrfdsf

Oct 10, 2011, 5:10 PM
jrfdsf said:
You are basically correct in your analysis of the new Direct Connect on Sprint; however, the difference between the new DC phones and say, the Moto Renegade is the 800 mhz frequency with the future roaming over PTT capabilities. I do not think that any of the old QChat phones will ever be able to roam on PTT calling.

There was also a battery consumption issue before. The technology and chipsets in these newer DC phones have W A Y longer battery life. When I carried my Renegade, it wouldn't even last an entire day without going dead--even if I barely used it. I eventually had to buy an extended battery (and door) for it, which made the phone look and feel bulkier.

I never had any software issues wi
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gloopey1

Oct 10, 2011, 5:17 PM
No, I haven't. I have a Sanyo Katana Eclipse through Sprint PCS. I don't know anyone anymore who has Nextel service to talk to...maybe 2 people? I usually just text them anyway.

By the way, why do you always type "reply" in the subject box when you comment on a post? I think that the fact you posted in that thread would make that an unnecessary statement...just saying. Very Happy
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jrfdsf

Oct 10, 2011, 5:26 PM
gloopey1 said:
No, I haven't. I have a Sanyo Katana Eclipse through Sprint PCS. I don't know anyone anymore who has Nextel service to talk to...maybe 2 people? I usually just text them anyway.

By the way, why do you always type "reply" in the subject box when you comment on a post? I think that the fact you posted in that thread would make that an unnecessary statement...just saying. Very Happy

I do that because the discussion threads sometimes have offensive titles (not the case here). Even when it isn't, I guess I'm just in the habit of doing it, so I forget not to.

I used to post a lot in the Lounge forum. I got into several discussions with atheists and agnostics. Many of their responses were very u
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gloopey1

Oct 10, 2011, 5:36 PM
I remember reading some of those threads before I joined too. I can't remember his user name, but that dude with the monkey avatar, he was seriously disturbed. I'm not a religious person myself, but there's no way I'd ever purposely curse God on an internet forum. I mean, what if you were wrong?

Oh well, thanks for the info. Peace.
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cellphonesaretools

Oct 10, 2011, 10:21 PM
Has anyone out there tried the new "Sprint Direct Connect" yet?

Has anyone even stopped by a Sprint store to see if they have the phones and are selling them yet?

Given that the Big Day (Oct. 02) seemed to be a "non day" as far as Sprint Direct Connect is concerned, and given that I have not seen or heard a single ad for anything related to Sprint Direct Connect, I'm wondering if anyone else has seen any evidence in the real world that they really did "flip the switch" on Oct 02.

If anyone out there has actually held a Sprint DC phone in their hand, please share their views on it. Especially if & how Sprint DC interacts with Nextel DC.

Thanks!
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cellphonesaretools

Oct 12, 2011, 10:59 PM
Following up on my previous post, I went to the local Sprint franchise store today, and they don't have any of the new Sprint DC phones, and no immediate plans to get them in. So far there have been NO Sprint DC customers in this particular store (which was formerly mostly a Nextel store, and still has a number of Nextel iDEN customers).

At the suggestion of the franchise store, I headed over to the local Sprint Corporate store. They had one Duramax inside a locked case, when I asked to see it they somewhat reluctantly opened the case and handed me the phone. I flipped it open, turned it on, and the battery was so low the phone immediately powered itself off. Zero enthusiasm on the part of the sales person, he never even offered to plug t...
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Darth_Stuticus

Oct 16, 2011, 7:53 PM
It will be utilized a lot more when large companies who already have a number of iden PTT devices get converted over. Even if they don't add on very many new subscribers, there is still a large need to convert what is already in place when iden is decommissioned. The reason the switch is being done is so they don't waste a bunch of resources on maintaining towers that barely get used.
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cellphonesaretools

Oct 16, 2011, 11:42 PM
Darth_Stuticus said:
It will be utilized a lot more when large companies who already have a number of iden PTT devices get converted over. Even if they don't add on very many new subscribers, there is still a large need to convert what is already in place when iden is decommissioned. The reason the switch is being done is so they don't waste a bunch of resources on maintaining towers that barely get used.


Yes, I think total remaining Nextel + Boost iDEN amounts to roughly 8,000,000 customers (not all of which use Direct Connect, but most do), and they will need to be converted to the new Sprint Direct Connect.

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Darth_Stuticus

Oct 17, 2011, 12:21 PM
cellphonesaretools said:
My point was that Sprint ITSELF is making no noise about the new Sprint Direct Connect.


I cannot disagree with you.
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