If any of you feared you might never again be forced to listen to loud walkie-talkie conversations from iDEN handsets, start hating, as the service is growing, not shrinking. Sprint has announced the new QChat service is expanding into 40+ new markets and a small team of new handsets are arriving to herald the new service's launch. Markets like Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Orlando are set to go for June 15th through all of Sprint's traditional retail channels. The LG LX400 boasts a 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, GPS, and noise reduction and can be had for $79.99 on a two-year deal. The Samsung Z400 is an ultra-rugged 810F military spec. affair with a sad 1.3 megapixel cam, Sprint Navigation, and Bluetooth, in a tough clamshell form factor for $99.00. Two Sanyo sets are also on the list, the $79.99 PRO-700 features a tough rubber housing, Bluetooth, plus Sprint Navigation, and the $49.99 PRO-200 which packs the same navigation features as the others, Bluetooth, and not much else. So with thanks to Qualcomm's QChat technology and Sprint's EV-DO network we'll be putting up with enjoying push to talk for the foreseeable future.

[Via PhoneScoop]

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Sprint announces QChat in 40 new markets, 4 new phones