Video Tour: QChat DirectConnect
Jun 24, 2008, 2:06 PM by Eric M. Zeman
We take two QChat-enabled walkie-talkie phones for a spin to see how well the new DirectConnect technology really works. Does it hold a candle to iDEN? Yes, yes it does.
Sprint recently rolled out a brand-new walkie-talkie service based on different technology compared to what it has used in the past. Previous Sprint Nextel phones used the Nextel iDEN network to pass walkie-talkie signals back and forth. This service was fast and reliable, and has become a way of life for literally millions of users.
The problem is Sprint's iDEN network is old, and has no clear migration path to 4G. This means Sprint is faced with the challenge of providing a comparable walkie-talkie service over its existing CDMA network. Sprint and technology partner Qualcomm have cooked up a new way for walkie-talkie signals to pass back and forth over the CDMA network with performance equivalent to that of the old iDEN network. It is called QChat. QChat needs some serious 3G action to work. It needs EVDO Rev. A (which has shorter latency periods) to match the speeds seen on the iDEN network.
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I wouldn't be caught dead with these phones!!
I hope in the future Sprint rethinks their approach....the obvious goal is to get Nextel subscribers over to the qchat side, how is this little crappy Sanyo going to do that? I'm more impressed with the ic502/902 then these bogus phones. Maybe I'm wrong and ppl will find appeals with them, but I give them a failing grade.
Good review but throwing it in the grass, C'mon 😉
Pictures over QChat
One thing about QChat technology is that you can send pictures over DC, they will be instantaneous.
That feature is already available on regular DC. It's called Direct send.
I like how you can throw that...
Way to go Sanyo!