Sprint today announced the initial phones it plans to deploy in the fourth quarter when the company launches its next-generation, push-to-talk service powered by Sprint's broadband CDMA network. The new service, Sprint Direct Connect, will deliver higher bandwidth capacity to keep up with customers' data demands and is expected to extend the company's push-to-talk coverage to almost triple the square miles of the company's current push-to-talk offering. Here is more info:
The Sprint Direct Connect phones to be introduced this fall will be the Kyocera DuraCore and the Kyocera DuraMax. As previously announced, a third handset -- a Motorola smartphone -- will be described closer to the launch of Sprint Direct Connect. The devices will feature most of the capabilities available on current Sprint push-to-talk phones plus next-generation, push-to-talk applications and functionality.
Devices in 2011
Kyocera DuraMax brings customers advanced technology wrapped in a rugged exterior with a clamshell form factor. It offers military-grade durability, including water resistance when submerged up to one meter for up to 30 minutes. DuraMax comes with an integrated 3.2-megapixel camera and camcorder. The 32GB expandable microSD memory card slot provides the storage capacity required to manage large files on-the-go. Additional key features include:
2.0-inch QVGA TFT main display Military standard 810G specifications for dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, blowing rain and immersion Encased in rubber, non-slip Dura-Grip material for sure hold and extra durability Stereo Bluetooth wireless technology 2.5mm stereo headphone jack (supports PTT headsets) 1GB microSD memory card Large-font menu option GPS navigation enabled Supports SMS and MMS messaging and third-party data applications
Kyocera DuraCore is an affordable, high-impact solution for a mobile workforce that relies on push-to-talk. Additional features of this rugged, clamshell-style phone:
Military standard 810G specifications for dust, shock and vibration Encased in rubber, non-slip Dura-Grip material for sure hold and extra durability Bi-directional speakerphone Bluetooth wireless technology 2.5mm mono headphone jack (supports PTT headsets) Large-font menu option GPS navigation enabled Supports SMS and MMS messaging and third-party data applications In addition to Direct Connect and group calling options, the devices are expected to enable Land Mobile Radio (LMR) interoperability, simultaneous data and push to talk, and availability notification. In early 2012, Sprint Direct Connect will offer additional capabilities, including international push-to-talk.
Benefits of PTP on Sprint's CDMA:
Sprint Direct Connect marks a tangible initial benefit of Network Vision, Sprint?s blueprint to deploy a cost-effective and innovative network. Announced in December, Network Vision is expected to consolidate multiple network technologies into one seamless network, resulting in enhanced coverage, quality and speed; better network flexibility; reduced operating costs; and improved environmental sustainability. The plan includes a complete upgrade of Sprint?s wireless networks accompanied by changes in device chipsets and network infrastructure.
The expected benefits of Network Vision to Sprint?s push-to-talk customers will be wide-ranging:
-Push-to-talk coverage footprint is planned to increase to nearly 2.7 million square miles and is expected to cover a population of 309 million (with the addition of 1xRTT and roaming coverage) ? an increase from the iDEN network?s 908,370 square miles covering a population 278 million. -In-building coverage is expected to improve significantly through investment in the most advanced CDMA technology and radio equipment. -Voice and data capacity is expected to increase significantly as Sprint will be able to fully leverage its industry leading spectrum holdings in 800MHz, 1.9GHz, and ? through its relationship with Clearwire ? 2.5GHz.