Overland Park, 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 penetration.
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 (
). 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.