Kansas - Sprint launched its second cellphone with CDMA-based Sprint Direct
Connect push-to-talk service, and a third is planned before the year is out.
The $99.99 Android-based
Motorola Admiral will be the first Sprint smartphone to incorporate
Direct Connect, which promises multiple advantages over the carrier's current
iDEN-network PTT service, including broader coverage and better in-building
The carrier is
phasing out its bandwidth-constricted low-data-speed iDEN network beginning
2013, but over its CDMA Rev. A network, the carrier promises to deliver
iDEN-like sub-second call setup times.
The Admiral, which will be Sprint's flagship
DirectConnet device, set sail today in Sprint's
direct sales channels, including Sprint Business Sales, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1)
and Web Sales (www.sprint.com). On October
23, consumers can order it at Sprint Stores, and on Nov. 13, it will be
available through all Sprint channels, including indirect.
The first CDMA phone with Sprint Direct
Connect is the Kyocera
DuraMax, a ruggedized phone launched Oct. 2 at $69.99.
The Admiral is a
ruggedized Android 2.3 phone with 1.2 GHz processor,
3.1-inch VGA touchscreen display, and QWERTY keyboard. It meets meet Military
Standard 810G for dust, shock, vibration, solar radiation, low pressure and
high and low temperatures. It's also said to be enterprise-ready by
incorporating features required by IT departments.