Sprint announced today the coming availability of four new Nextel Direct Connect phones, powered by Qualcomm's QChat technology, to customers in 40+ markets across the country. The LX400 by LG, Z400 by Samsung, and PRO-200 and PRO-700 by Sanyo will be available June 15 for purchase by all new and existing customers in Sprint retail stores in the designated markets. These new phones incorporate Nextel Direct Connect services, the speed of Sprint Mobile Broadband and Sprint's largest voice calling area, giving customers a wider selection of phones to meet their productivity needs with connection in less than one second to millions of existing Nextel Direct Connect subscribers nationwide. Here is more info:
The new phones allow customers to make Direct Connect calls with the world's largest push-to-talk community and will be available June 15 through Sprint retail stores, direct sales or telesales (1-800-Sprint1) in the following markets:
Atlanta-Athens, Ga. Miami-West Palm Beach, Fla.
Austin, Texas Milwaukee
Baltimore Central New Jersey
Boston Northern New Jersey
Chicago Southern New Jersey
Cincinnati New York City
Cleveland Orange County, Calif.
Columbus, Ohio Orlando
Northern Connecticut Philadelphia
Southern Connecticut Pittsburgh, Penn.
Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Providence, R.I.
Delaware Richmond, Va.
Southwest Florida Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif.
Hawaii San Antonio
Houston San Diego
Indianapolis San Francisco Bay Area
Jacksonville, Fla. South Bay, Calif.
Kansas Tampa, Fla.
Las Vegas Washington, D.C.
Long Island, N.Y. Southwest Washington
Los Angeles Western Washington
North Los Angeles Winston-Salem, N.C.
-- LX400 by LG - The LX400 by LG is packaged in a slender form
factor and enables Nextel Direct Connect push-to-talk
services. The phone also includes key features such as a 1.3
megapixel camera, Bluetooth, GPS capabilities and noise
reduction capabilities. This phone is available for as low as
$79.99 with a two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in
-- Z400 by Samsung - Ultra-rugged push-to-talk choices expand
with the Z400 by Samsung, which is certified to Military
specification 810F for dust, shock and vibration. Customers
also have added benefits of a 1.3 megapixel camera, Sprint
Navigation and Bluetooth support in this clamshell handset.
This phone is available for as low as $99.99 with a two-year
service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate.
-- PRO-200 by Sanyo - Sporting an attractive, slim clamshell
form factor, the Pro-200 by Sanyo delivers instant Nextel
Direct Connect push-to-talk services and key functionalities
including Bluetooth, messaging capabilities and mobile
email. This phone is available for as low as $49.99 with a
two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate.
-- PRO-700 by Sanyo - Recognizing that instant communication
is needed in sometimes harsh environments, Sprint is offering
this rugged phone certified to military standards for dust,
shock and vibration. This phone is available for as low as
$79.99 with a two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in
Sprint plans to expand availability of these phones in additional markets and channels through the remainder of 2008. Customers can sign up to be notified of availability in additional markets at www.sprint.com/instantconnect.
These new phones will continue to provide industry-leading push-to-talk performance, while operating on certain Rev. A portions of the Sprint Mobile Broadband network (except in Puerto Rico). Compared to other providers, Sprint's expanded Nextel Direct Connect capable device portfolio offers significantly faster call set-up times of less than one second and one-to-one interoperability with the world's largest established push-to-talk community. Features available on these handsets include:
-- Direct Connect: Instant one-to-one push-to-talk
communication that is interoperable with the millions of
existing Nextel Direct Connect subscribers. Direct Connect
provides the call set-up times of less than one second that
customers have come to rely on to boost productivity and save
time and money.
-- Call Alerts: A repeating alert that users can send to let
another Nextel Direct Connect subscriber know they are trying
to reach them.
-- Group Connect: Unique one-to-many capability of Group
Connect that helps customers quickly communicate with up to 20
other Nextel Direct Connect users all at once. Users of the
new phones can create and manage Group Connect groups on the
phone or online. At this time, these new phones are not
interoperable with Nextel or PowerSource phones for Group
In addition, with these new phones, customers have the ability to take advantage of Sprint's largest voice calling area and the blazing data speeds of Sprint Mobile Broadband. Sprint Mobile Broadband brings customers instant gratification so they can get what they want when they want it, with fast file downloads, Web browsing, email access and more.
Other new features exclusive to the new phones include:
-- Single number option: If they wish, most customers purchasing
these new phones can choose the simplicity of having one phone
number for voice and push-to-talk calls. If preferred,
customers can opt to have a separate Direct Connect number.
-- TeamDC: This more formal one-to-many feature allows up to
35 Nextel Direct Connect subscribers to communicate via PTT at
the same time - nationwide, quickly and easily. Customers
create and manage groups online, then all members of the group
receive a notification and can access the group. TeamDC is
only available on these new phones and is not interoperable
with Nextel or PowerSource phones.
-- DC Permissions: Customers have the ability to block/allow
incoming one-to-one push-to-talk calls and Call Alerts with
the new phones.
-- DC Missed Call Notification: - When on a Nextel Direct Connect
call, customers receive a notification if they miss a
push-to-talk call, Call Alert or Group call.
-- Call Alerts with Text: With the new Call Alerts with Text
feature, customers can attach one of several preset text
messages, such as "Please stop by," to Call Alerts sent to
users of NDC phones powered by the QChat technology.
-- Sprint Mobile Sync: This easy-to-use online tool lets
customers manage all of their contact information online,
including setting up groups. Additionally, this feature
automatically synchronizes with the phone, allowing for easier
entry, easier access and full secure backup of contacts.
Contacts automatically transfer if the customer moves to
another Sprint Mobile Sync-capable phone.
Unlimited Direct Connect and Group Connect use is included at no additional charge in Everything plans starting at $69.99 per month, and Talk/Message/Direct Connect plans starting at $49.99 per month. Unlimited Direct Connect and Group Connect will be available for $10 per month with other Sprint plans.
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