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Replying to:  Direct Connect on Sprint by gloopey1   Oct 3, 2011, 12:34 PM

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by 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.

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 with mine, but others apparently did. I just couldn't keep the thing away from a charger long enough to use it.

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