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Hey Nextel/Sprint Consumers

by crazyactor06 / March 20, 2006 10:31 AM PST

Good day to you. I have a quick and probably easy-solve question. What is the difference between "Direct Connect" and "Walkie-Talkie?" Help me out. I'm ready to move over from Cingular, but I'm scared. lol. I know they're trustworthy, I just don't want to screw myself over.

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Direct Connect vs. Walkie Talkie
by jenseits / March 20, 2006 11:35 PM PST

Yeah, Sprint really really fumbled up the marketing here. I've never seen this explained well.

I *believe* DirectConnect uses cellular frequency to mimic walkie talkie function (ie, it's push to talk, but it's really just making a cell phone connection) whereas Walkie Talkie is like the old-fashioned walkie talkie that uses radio waves. Not 100% on that, so I ask some of our resident experts to chime in.

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security
by wirelesswendy / March 20, 2006 11:44 PM PST

"...because Direct Connect service works over our digital network, it creates an incredibly clear, secure link between you and the person you're calling."

according to
http://www.corporatewireless.com/nextel/directconnect.htm

Well, "secure" is relative. More secure than walkie talkie radio, but not any more than a phone convo.

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PLEASE
by crazyactor06 / March 21, 2006 12:26 AM PST

Thanks, I'd really appreciate that.

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confusion
by tbenzinger / March 21, 2006 11:40 PM PST

Yes, that sounds right, jenseits... is the confusion the result of Sprint trying to bring Nextel onto its network, while retaining its signature feature (push to talk)?

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its the same thing
by dmbarnes5 / March 22, 2006 9:37 AM PST

DC and Walkie Talkie is the same. they just use different names, i dont know why though.

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