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So, in the post-iDEN world, there are relatively few Sprint devices that support Direct Connect, nd the list continues to not include higher-end phones. From the reviews on the Play Store, Direct Connect Now is disaster, and it's only available on a couple, non-LTE-enabled, free phones.

 

Any bets on whether this situation will improve?

 

If not, where would you go for PTT? It seems like the two big entrants into the field are Voxer (iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8) and Zello (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows). Voxer seems a little more responsive over 4G, but Zello has a CB radio-like "channel" feature which is kind of fun if you want to waste a...er...meet new people who share your interests. Voxer is definitely going for the Nextel sector with its Pro service, which it'll be charging $10/mo for sooner rather than later. But I haven't yet had two phones in the same room with the client to see how fast call setup and connection times are over LTE-to-LTE. Maybe later this week.

 

What does everyone else have to say about this? PTT over IP is definitely the way things are going at this point, and low latency on LTE means that it's now feasible to do PTT with reasonable performance unaided by the cellular carrier itself. But the carrier *can* do it better if it puts in the tme and effort to do so. Or it could, in theory, support a third-party app by making sure that app was connected directly into the cellular backbone...

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