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The nitty-gritty details are in the presser after the break. 27, 2011 – Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced a Sunday, Oct.Sprint's New Push-to-Talk Service – Sprint Direct Connect – to Launch Next Week 3G CDMA-based Sprint Direct Connect will expand push-to-talk coverage, enhance customers' broadband data capabilities, and enable new features Kyocera Dura Max available exclusively from Sprint Oct. 2, launch date for Sprint Direct Connect®, ushering in the next generation of push–to-talk service from the company that pioneered push–to-talk.In early 2012, the Sprint Direct push-to-talk coverage area is expected to grow to match the Sprint CDMA voice coverage area – expected to be almost three times the square miles covered by Nextel i DEN today.Additionally, in 2012, international push-to-talk calling to select countries will also begin rolling out to help support our current customers with international push-to-talk needs.Sprint Direct Connect will come packed with broadband data capabilities, familiar push-to-talk features, rugged and reliable handsets, and a broadening push-to-talk coverage map expected in early 2012."Our customers are asking for broadband and push-to-talk," said Paget Alves, president-Sprint Business.· Availability Notification – Request the availability status of another push-to-talk member and, if they are busy, request a notification when they are free.Sprint Direct Connect Coverage Sprint Direct Connect service will continue to evolve.
It has a rugged exterior and non-slip Dura-Grip® surface, a 2.0-inch QVGA TFT main display, 3.2 MP camera with flash and camcorder, and is designed to meet Military Standard 810G for dust, shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, blowing rain and water immersion (up to 30 minutes in one meter of water).
· Call Alert with Text – Send an audio alert with an optional text message to let another Direct Connect subscriber know you are trying to reach them and why.
· Group Connect® – Communicate with up to 20 other Sprint Direct Connect subscribers all at once – nationwide, at the push of one button.
"Qualcomm is providing Sprint a carrier-grade, IP-based solution that delivers the advanced push-to-talk experiences customers are demanding today and sets a solid foundation for Sprint Direct Connect to support even more advanced communications in the future," said Michael Wallace, senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm Internet Services.
Among the initial Sprint Direct Connect services: · Direct Connect® – Instant, one-to-one push-to-talk calling nationwide, with any other Direct Connect subscriber.