I am 99% certain Sprint's exclusive on Qchat expired on 12/31/2007. VzW doesn't need all of the features of Qchat as they don't have to bridge in iDEN PTT.
Brewchat and CDMA Qchat are years behind the full feature sets of iDEN. The real question is how many users really need the advanced features? I don't see a lot of corporate customers using much more than the standard PTT offering. Sprint is currently pushing PTx. It must be that Brewchat won't have that feauture but, again, how many people will really need and use it?
Brewchat/Qchat work very well as PTT technologies. Sprint better do all they can do to protect its PTT base. Unfortunately, the reputation for customer service has taken on a life of its own (for good reason I might add). I have never used VzW or ATT and don't have a basis for comparison, though. I suspect they all suck but to different degrees. Verizon has pretty much ruined the old MCI. DOA.
<<FYI - Forsee didn't have a chance at succeeding because this merger was a terrible idea from the very beginning and he didn't have the stones to make tough decisions. It happened for 4 reasons: spectrum (Sprint wanted the 1.9GHz that Nextel was getting in the rebanding swap), 4G (the combined 2.5GHz spectrum the 2 companies brought together), customer base (Sprint wanted to own the corporate wireless space), and Nextel didn't want to spend the billions of dollars it would've taken to have a CDMA network that has the capacity it needed. I think Dan Hesse is terrific and is going to make it work when things are all said & done, but it doesn't change the fact that the last 3 years have been a disaster.>>
Pretty good summary.
Actually partner........ I have been apart of this industry for over 7 years and you have NO experience in telecom whatsoever. And I believe that anyone on this board who has read posts from the 2 of us will testify to the fact that you are nothing but a bafoon and I, on the other hand, have always brought CREDIBLE industry knowledge to this board.
No, it is obviously not difficult to limit users from a central point; however, the point you're making is ridiculous to think Sprint would go through all of that trouble to limit all CDMA Direct Connect devices sold in Denver & KC and you have no idea how Sprint works internally and how the QChat launch is being handled. I actually do as do several other people on this board and we're all saying the exact same thing. But for some strange reason you're just an idiot. LOL!
FYI - Forsee didn't have a chance at succeeding because this merger was a terrible idea from the very beginning and he didn't have the stones to make tough decisions. It happened for 4 reasons: spectrum (Sprint wanted the 1.9GHz that Nextel was getting in the rebanding swap), 4G (the combined 2.5GHz spectrum the 2 companies brought together), customer base (Sprint wanted to own the corporate wireless space), and Nextel didn't want to spend the billions of dollars it would've taken to have a CDMA network that has the capacity it needed. I think Dan Hesse is terrific and is going to make it work when things are all said & done, but it doesn't change the fact that the last 3 years have been a disaster.
dj, your depth of knowledge in this is actually fairly shallow as I can tell.
Do you really think it is all that difficult to limit the users for Q-chat from a central IT point? If you think that's impossible, then you really don't understand software, IT, nor deployment.
But hey, that is a nice fantasy to live in...so go ahead. Why should I burst that bubble for you when it's kept you safe thus far. After all, you probably still believe that Forsee was given no chance because Donahue was still acting as the Chairman of the Board.
Just so I have your story straight ---- You actually think that the hundreds of Sprint employees who work OUTSIDE of either Kansas City or Denver and are using & testing Direct Connect on CDMA have some sort of "special ingredient" in their devices that will allow them to work everywhere in the country and the folks who have purchased their devices in KC or Denver have a lock on this "special ingredient" that limits them to Direct Connect only in those markets??????? And when the national launch hits in June, IT is going to unlock the chastity belt on these devices so they can be used outside of their home market????
Veeeeeeeeeeery interesting!!!! Hahahaha!
For everyone else besides LFFG who would like the truth on the matter, Direct Connect on CDMA is up and running in the vast majority of the RevA footprint and is incredible. This will be a homerun for Sprint and could help stem the tide of subscriber losses like Simply Everything has done so far. :)
Obviously you have no idea what a soft launch really is then. But hey, I'll DC my cousin and tell him to 1) post the issues on here himself, or 2) email me what the error(s) was/where and then go from there.
But make no mistake:
A soft launch DOES NOT mean that anyone can use that feature until IT deems it so. A hard launch (aka an official one) allows anyone and their mother to use the feature.
You are either a liar or your cousin has serious issues with user error. Tell you cousin to post on this board his issue and I am sure one of us can help him out. This is the last time I am going to say this. It is up and running on the REV A network nationwide.
You can believe what you like. But I can also recall that back in the day when Nextel was testing its own nationwide PTT, that although the technology for it was in place long before it launched, TD did a test during a conference and all worked well as expected. However, despite the fact that the test took place in 3 markets, only 2 were launched instantly while the 3rd had the service shut down (albeit for only a month).
So, it isn't out of the realm of possibilities that Sprint did exactly the same thing as Nextel did back in the day. And given that it's merely a software issue, AND that Hesse was using a phone already approved for the "soft launch", then I am not surprised that his Sanyo worked and my cousin's did not.
I mean, please. Are you telling me that if I have a WiMAX enabled laptop and happen to go to Chicago (only a 4 hour drive away), that I would be able to take advantage of the Xohm network that is soft launching there??? You KNOW that the answer is HELL NO!
So stop disbelieving and welcome yourself back into reality.
Really???????????? Again, that's very interesting considering Sprint was showing off Direct Connect on CDMA during CTIA!!!! And guess what????? CTIA was in Vegas!!!!! Do you think Sprint just "flipped a switch" for a week and then turned it off?????
Oh yeah........ and considering I was there and saw Dan Hesse carrying a PRO-700 along with several other execs, you can't really argue with me on this one.
So, considering your cousin is from the same gene pool which created you and your nonsense and the majority of CSRs don't even know what's going on with Sprint in the normal course of business, forget about something outside the box like Direct Connect on CDMA, I'll choose to believe my own eyes and experiences and KNOWLEDGE OF THE FACTS!!!! :)
dj, perhaps you're simply not understanding my point, or perhaps we're saying 2 completely different things. Doesn't matter, and for the record, I'm not trying to be combative either. I'm just presenting the data that I have gathered thus far.
As far as I know, Q-chat is dependent on Rev A (I assume we're agreed there). Now, Sprint has officially launched DC on CDMA in Denver and KS (agreed again). Officially, since Q-chat is software, then wherever there is a CDMA signal with EVDO rev A, Q-chat should be operational (which I think we again agree should be nationwide, official launch or not).
Now, where we disagree. As I stated in a post a few minutes ago, my cousin in Denver upgraded to the Sanyo Pro 700. He DCed me to let me know about this last week. Well, he DCed me again last night and I asked him where he was. He told me that he had to go to Las Vegas, NV to conduct some business (something about a restaurant...don't know nor really care about the details). Anyhow, he stated that he tried to DC me from Vegas several times (he was there for about 3 days), but the DC never went through (some error was displayed instead). So, eventually he called Sprint CS, and they stated that although Q-chat is running across the EVDO rev A network, his phone would only allow DC operation in those locations that have already been designated for official launch. Go figure. He was PISSED, and told me so last night. I simply laughed (probably pissed him off a bit more).
So, while Q-chat software may be already residing on the EVDO rev A network nationwide, apparently Sprint has a way to allow it to be used only in the locations that it pre-designates. Go figure.