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Sprint Direct Connect service ushers in the next generation of push-to-talk

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Sunday, Oct. 2, will be a key milestone in Sprint history – the company is launching Sprint Direct Connect service!

Sprint Direct Connect is loaded with broadband data capabilities, familiar push-to-talk features, rugged and reliable handsets, and a broadening push-to-talk coverage map expected in early 2012.

With Sprint Direct Connect, Sprint’s 3G data network and enhanced push-to-talk platform will deliver instant calls, increased push-to-talk reliability, and support for cutting-edge data apps. Sprint’s broadband speeds will allow customers to experience the latest in apps, such as enterprise business productivity applications, social and multimedia support, and even advanced push-to-X capabilities in the future.

The upgraded push-to-talk platform plays a big role in enabling Sprint Direct Connect enhancements and expanded coverage footprint capability. This press release goes into detail on all the great features that Sprint Direct Connect offers to anxious customers.

In the fourth quarter, Sprint will begin offering three new Sprint Direct Connect devices:

  • Kyocera DuraMax - available Oct. 2 for $69.99 with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade, and after a $50 mail-in rebate via a reward card. The handset has a rugged exterior and non-slip Dura-Grip surface, a 2.0-inch QVGA TFT main display, 3.2 MP camera with flash and camcorder, and is designed to meet Military Standard 810G for dust, shock, vibration, extreme temperatures, blowing rain and water immersion (up to 30 minutes in one meter of water).
  • Kyocera DuraCore - a rugged phone built to meet Military Standard 810G specifications to withstand tough environments; expected to launch by year-end.
  • A Sprint Direct Connect Android device by Motorola - expected for fourth quarter.

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