Sprint Announces New Push-to-Talk Service

| September 27, 2011 | Reply

Here’s a blast from my past. I had the fancy chirping Nextel phone, guilty. I also admit to calling my parents’ house in the middle of the night when I was trying to figure out how to answer a direct connect the first night I had it. Parents aren’t so happy when that happens…

But anyway! The all new push-to-talk service from Sprint premieres next week on October 2nd, and is called, appropriately enough, Sprint Direct Connect. Even though the name is similar, seems like there’s a lot of new features. From Paget Alves, President of Sprint Business:

“We’ve seen steadily increasing demand for faster data speeds, better and broader coverage, and more applications on push-to-talk devices. Sprint Direct Connect is designed to solve for all three.”

One of the biggest changes, the new Sprint Direct Connect will utilize the current Sprint 3G data network. Although coverage won’t be fully available at first, Sprint expects a coverage area of more than three times the square miles of the current push-to-talk network, by 2012. You’ll also have to pick up a push-to-talk compatible device; Sprint has already announced three options for handsets: the Kyocera DuraMax and DuraCore, as well as the Motorola Admiral (rumored).

Source: androidcentral

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