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Is that iDEN's swan song we hear playing in the background? Nope, apparently not. Buried in between fits of bad news in Sprint's earnings call yesterday, CEO Dan Hesse chatted up the rollout of its next-gen PTT network, based on Qualcomm's QChat technology that rides atop EV-DO Rev. A. Currently av

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Looks like we might all be waiting just a few more weeks before we're given the green light to descend into the next generation of push-to-talk nirvana (or hell, depending on your perspective). phoneArena is claiming that the national release of Sprint's QChat-powered PTT system -- and the phones t

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After some serious neglect, Sprint is finally giving the Nextel iDEN network some new devices, not the least of which is a WiFi BlackBerry, says Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. The phone will hit the network \"later this year,\" and will be accompanied by phones from Sanyo, Samsung, Motorola and LG that will ro

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After some serious neglect, Sprint is finally giving the Nextel iDEN network some new devices, not the least of which is a WiFi BlackBerry, says Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. The phone will hit the network \"later this year,\" and will be accompanied by phones from Sanyo, Samsung, Motorola and LG that will ro

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Word on the street is that customers might be getting their first crack at Sprint's QChat wares rather soon -- April 16, to be exact. The news comes from phoneArena, which reports that the LG LX400 (pictured) will be launching alongside Sanyo's PRO-200 and PRO-700 on that fateful day, presumably al

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Though Direct Connect remains the overwhelming favorite among US carriers for push-to-talk service, Sprint is reminding folks that its capabilities go far beyond talking alone. Fresh PR details some of Sprint's current \"push-to-X\" services, including push-to-email, push-to-picture (can picture reall

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As we mentioned yesterday, Sprint has gone on record saying that it's going to continue to stand behind its legacy iDEN infrastructure, the massive PTT network inherited from its Nextel acquisition and marketed under the Nextel Direct Connect brand. We can understand that there are thousands of comp

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Despite recently spouting off about its continued commitment to iDEN, Sprint appears to be going full-bore with its QChat rollout, too. The FCC recently tipped us all off to the Samsung Z400, a rather rugged (or rugged-looking, anyway) clamshell that marks a departure from Motorola as the prime sup

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Seems a bit odd seeing a rugged, PTT-centric phone on Sprint Nextel that isn't getting sourced out of Motorola's ranks, doesn't it? Indeed, get used to it -- this here is a phone supporting Qualcomm's QChat protocol, the CDMA-based push-to-talk standard that Sprint will be phasing in as iDEN dies a

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Though Nextel may be long since assimilated as a company, parts of its branding look to live on thanks to an official announcement from Sprint today. As prior reports suggested, the carrier is reporting that push-to-talk services will continue to carry the treasured \"Nextel Direct Connect\" branding

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Although Sprint has decided to dump the Nextel name from all its marketing efforts, it is (of course) keeping that billion-dollar iDEN network operational. To drive that point home, the wireless carrier made the first walkie-talkie connection between two different phones (one on each network) recent

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