Sprint made an announcement about the launch of its CDMA-based Direct Connect service. One of the best things about it is the fact that the servise is going to be available in the area that is three times larger than its current iDEN-based walkie-talkie service.
The first generation of smartphones, that would include this new service, are going to offer practically the same push-to-talk features that are available on today's iDEN handsets. But new features that take advantage of Sprint's CDMA 3G network are also appearing.
The first of this kind of handsets is Kyocera DuraMax. The clamshell has a 3.2 megapixel camera, 2-inch QVGA display; 1GB microSD card, stereo Bluetooth and GPS radios.
The second one is Kyocera DuraCore. The devise has the same features as the DuraMax with a little exception - it has a bi-directional speakerphone and a large-font menu option.