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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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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

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

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

Thanks, I'd really appreciate that.

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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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