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Sprint Introducing App to Bring Direct Connect to Select Android Devices?

Posted In Apps, News - By Mark Hearn On Monday, March 19th, 2012 5:41pm PST With 7 Comments

A report from Phone News is claiming that Sprint is planning on deploying a new Android app that will allow select devices to utilize push-to-talk technology giving their smartphone walkie-talkie capabilities. The application will be known as Sprint DirectConnect Now and is said to launch next month on the Samsung Transform Ultra. If this software is all that its cracked up to be, this could very well be the advancement that this stagnant platform has been desperately waiting for. Do you feel that the addition of push-to-talk action to your Android is an extra selling point?

Source:  Phone News

About - Mark is the founding father of SprintFeed. He is a nerd's nerd if ever such a thing existed. His love affair with the Now Network started with the release of the Treo 600 back in 2004 and has been going strong ever since. Highly opinionated and somewhat eccentric he shares his ramblings about his network of choice here at SprintFeed.

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  1. Felix619 says:

    like if it was a direct connect on cdma say like motorola admiral? that service available for certain smartphones???

  2. Oversight68 says:

    Might help get some of the remaining Nextel users off the fence so Sprint can kill iDEN faster.

  3. ArchangelRenzoku says:

    If it’s going to be an app, they could probably adapt it for all Android phones by just using data. Or make a new app for that purpose.

  4. Felix619 says:

    it will probably be an exclussive app like sprint tv, sprint radio, etc…just for sprint, will be inteeresting if they will charge monthly for this service or one time charge for the app…

    this will definite make me happy not gettin motorola admiral and weighting it out for a 4G LTE phone like Galaxy Nexus, and now wit this good rumor, shoot its even getting better lol

    i was long time nextel customer, from i730 to first iden camera phone i580 lol then to i880 then ic902, sprint data/voice won me over to come to sprint, its just a must have lol now im still rocking HTC Touch Pro 2 on SERO $30 plan lol, looking forward for Galaxy Nexus

  5. PetranJello27 says:

    There’s already a bunch of apps that do this. Voxer, HeyTell… Interesting to see how Sprints App will perform and be different from those.

  6. raindog469 says:

    Exactly. In Nextel’s day, push-to-talk was a revolutionary feature that required different back-end stuff and couldn’t easily be imitated using VOIP because the handset CPUs and 1xRTT data weren’t enough to handle it. These days, if anything, Sprint will be at a disadvantage because most or all the PTT apps out there work fine regardless of carrier(s), or with no carrier at all (wifi), whereas theirs will presumably require both parties to be Sprint customers.

    Sprint has the advantage that they can ship phones where a physical button is mapped to fire up their PTT app and start listening, but that’s about it.

  7. Adam Wright says:

    Heytell is extremely lagged. So is voxer. Sprint direct connect is instantaneous

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