Sprint announced today the upcoming launch of two new Nextel Direct Connect devices, the Sanyo Pro-200 and the Sanyo Pro-700. Here are more info on the two Push-to-talk phones and Sprint's PTT line up this year:
"These new Nextel Direct Connect devices will expand the reach of the industry-leading Nextel Direct Connect push-to-talk (PTT) service and will incorporate the speed of Sprint Mobile Broadband and Sprint's largest voice calling area. These new devices are expected to be available for purchase through the Sprint direct sales force in limited markets later this month, giving customers a wider selection of phones to instantly meet their productivity needs with connection in less than one second to millions of existing Nextel Direct Connect subscribers.
Powered by Qualcomm's QChat technology, these new Nextel Direct Connect devices will continue to provide industry-leading performance, while operating on the Rev. A portions of the Sprint Mobile Broadband network (except in Puerto Rico). Compared to other providers, Sprint's expanded Nextel Direct Connect portfolio will continue to offer 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 will continue to 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.
Group Connect: Unique one-to-many capability of Group Connect that helps customers quickly communicate with up to 20 other Nextel Direct Connect users accessing the same QChat technology all at once. Group Connect groups can be created and managed dynamically on the device or online. At this time, not all devices in the Nextel Direct Connect suite of services are capable of offering interoperable Group Connect services.
Call Alerts: Subscribers will continue to be able to send a repeating PTT Alert to let another Nextel Direct Connect subscriber know they are trying to reach them.
Other new features exclusive to the new Sanyo Pro-200 and Pro-700 phones will include:
-Single number option: If they wish, most customers can choose the simplicity of having one phone number for voice and push-to-talk calls on the Sanyo Pro-200 and Pro-700. If preferred, all Nextel Direct Connect subscribers can opt to have a separate Direct Connect number. -DC Permissions: Customers will have the ability to block/allow incoming one-to-one push-to-talk calls and Call Alerts with the Sanyo Pro-200 and Pro-700 phones. -PTT Missed Call Notification: - When on a Nextel Direct Connect call, customers will 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 other Sanyo Pro-200 and Pro-700 users. -Sprint Mobile Sync: This easy-to-use online tool lets customers manage all of their contact information online, including setting up groups for PTT and text/voice messaging. Additionally, this feature automatically synchronizes with the phone, allowing for easier entry, easier access and full secure backup of contacts. Contacts will automatically transfer if the customer moves to another Sprint Mobile Sync-capable device.
Nextel Direct Connect on these new phones will be offered at existing service prices. Unlimited Direct Connect is included at no additional charge in many Sprint pricing plans, including the new $99 Simply Everything(SM) plan, which also includes unlimited Group Connect and unlimited calling, messaging and data. For more information on Simply Everything plans, please visit: www.sprint.com/everything.
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(R), messaging capabilities and mobile email. This device will be 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 will offer this rugged device certified to military standards for dust, shock and vibration. This device will be available for as low as $69.99 with a two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate.
BASICS: ? Design: Rugged, compact clamshell ? Dimensions: 4.0? x 1.8? x 0.8? ? Weight: 3.8 ounces ? Network: Digital Dual-Band 1900 MHz and 800 MHz ? Display: Main: 1.2? x 1.5?, 65 K Main Display, 240 x 320 pixels ? Battery Specifications: Standard rechargeable Li-Ion (1050 mAh) ? Talk time: Up to approximately 5.0 hours continuous talk time
FEATURES: ? Direct Connect : One-to-one push-to-talk communication in less than a second with millions of other Nextel Direct Connect subscribers, available nationwide from coast to coast. ? Single number option: Simplicity of using one number for both wireless phone calls and Nextel Direct Connect calls. All users can opt to maintain separate numbers if preferred. ? PTT Missed Call Notification: When on a Nextel Direct Connect call, receive a notification that you missed a PTT call, Call Alert or Group call. ? DC Permissions: Ability to block/allow incoming one-to-one PTT calls and Call Alerts. (Not applicable for Group calls.) ? Call Alert/Call Alert with Text: Send a repeating alert to let any other Nextel Direct Connect user know you are trying to reach them. With the new Text feature you can send canned text messages with a Call Alert. (Users must have a Nextel Direct Connect-capable Sprint device to receive the text.) ? Group Connect: Communicate or coordinate activities with up to 20 other Nextel Direct Connect subscribers all at once ? nationwide -- quickly and easily. Create and manage groups dynamically on your phone or online. Group Connect participants must also have a Nextel Direct Connect capable Sprint device with the Group Connect feature. ? Bluetooth Wireless Technology: Enjoy the convenience of hands-free communication by using headsets, car-kits and other Bluetooth-compatible devices. ? GPS Enabled: View your approximate location and use available applications to navigate roadways throughout the country. Includes support for Sprint Navigation which delivers visual and audible turn-by-turn driving directions. ? Mobile Email: Easy, one-touch access to all your personal email including AOL/AIM, Yahoo!, Windows Live (Hotmail and MSN) and more. ? SMS Text and Voice Messaging: Record a voice message and send it to as many as 25 friends at once, without even making a call. Instantly send and receive SMS text messages across the room or across the country. ? Instant Messaging: Send and receive IM and email from your phone. ? Mobile Sync: Easy-to-use online tool that lets you manage all of your contact information online. You can also set up groups for PTT and text/voice messaging. Additionally, this feature automatically synchronizes this information between the online tool and your phone, allowing for easier entry, easier access and full secure backup of your contacts. And your contacts will automatically transfer if you move to another Sprint Mobile Sync-capable device. So if you lose your phone, your contacts are automatically restored for you. ? Durable, Rugged Design: Rugged, stylish and professional-looking design that features rubber Dura-Grip for a sure hold and added surface protection. Built to meet military specification 810F for dust, shock and vibration. ? Speakerphone: Hands-free mobile conversations are always available with the built-in speakerphone.
Sprint plans to add additional handsets to the portfolio this summer, including:
LX400 by LG - The LX400 by LG is packaged in a slender form factor and will enable Nextel Direct Connect push-to-talk services. The device will also include key features such as a 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, GPS capabilities and noise reduction capabilities. 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 will also have added benefits of a 1.3 megapixel camera, Sprint Navigation and Bluetooth support in this clamshell handset. Z700 by Samsung- The Z700 by Samsung brings together the convenience of instant, get-in/get-out communication, as well as a 2 megapixel camera, Sprint TV and Sprint Music Store, stereo Bluetooth, MicroSD memory card slot and external music control keys. Motorola V950 - Durable, yet stylish exterior nature creates a unique "modern rugged" design. The Motorola V950 is slimmed down and suited up to perform anywhere, in the elements, on the job and on the go. The V950 also packs Stereo Bluetooth(R), a 2 megapixel camera, image spotlight and stand-alone GPS solutions to deliver a robust communications tool. Customers will also be able to enjoy Sprint Music Store, Sprint TV and the convenience of external music controls.
This selection of devices from leading manufacturers, with designs ranging from rugged phones that meet the rigors of military specifications to sleek new flip phones, will give customers new and exciting device choices with the same instant connection to the world's largest push-to-talk community that they have come to expect from Nextel Direct Connect.
Sprint plans to expand the availability of these and other new Nextel Direct Connect devices in additional markets through the remainder of 2008 and early 2009."