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Sprint Pegs Oct. 2 as CDMA-Based PTT Service Launch

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Sep 27, 2011, 10:27 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sprint today announced that it will launch its next-generation, IP-based push-to-talk service, which runs on its CDMA network, starting on October 2. The new Sprint Direct Connect service is available in an area that is already larger than its iDEN-based walkie-talkie service. By early 2012, Sprint says the new DirectConnect service footprint will equal that of its entire CDMA network. The first generation of devices to include this new service (Kyocera DuraMax and DuraCore, and an unnamed Motorola) offer most of the same push-to-talk features that are available on today's iDEN handsets, such as DirectConnect, GroupConnect, Call Alert, NextMail, and others. They can also take advantage of Sprint's CDMA 3G network. The Kyocera DuraMax will be available Oct. 2 for $69.99 after rebate with a new two-year agreement. The Kyocera DuraCore is expected to be available by the end of the year. Sprint said the Motorola device will run Android, and will also be available towards the end of the year. Sprint also noted that it will begin to offer international PTT roaming in select countries starting in 2012.

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Sep 27, 2011, 1:46 PM

International PTT roaming

Sprint also noted that it will begin to offer international PTT roaming in select countries starting in 2012.

That's not how I read the press release, but perhaps I missed something.
From Sprint's press release today:

"Additionally, in 2012, international push-to-talk calling to select countries will also begin rolling out to help support our current customers with international push-to-talk needs."

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Sep 27, 2011, 10:32 AM

2005 Called, They Want Their Technology Back

This would have been exciting news 6 years ago.
I have several contractor friends that find this equally exciting news even today.

For someone that advertises a CB shop, I would think you would be happy about the most quintessential form of 2 way radio making important news.

John B.
Working with guys in the construction field this is exciting news, they sure love their Nextel Direct connect. As an IT guy, I just don't get it.
I really liked the direct connect. But as we all know, sprints network is the smallest next to tmobile. Forget using your phone in rural America like I tried to do. I have drivin up to 250 miles with nextel and had no service.
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