Originally Posted by dshearon
if they stay with nextels direct connect instead of sprints ready linc than i would expect it to be quite a bit bigger. if you have ever taken apart a nextel you would notice that there are actually two seperate boards one for the cell side and another for the direct connect side. that is why there phones tend to larger than most. while ready link uses voice over ip this allows them to use the existing data connection and thus the phones are smaller. it all depends on what they choose for their radio service as to whether or not we will see a 7100 anytime this year... doubt it as ready linc sucks compared to direct connect.
Yeah, but ready-link SUCKS
. it has anywhere from a two to six second lag on connection, and about a three to four second delay from speak to spoken. It is not nearly as reliable, either.
Also - the two boards are not
separated into "cell" and "DC." The reason MOST have two boards is because they had to have a keypad, and had too much circuitry on the board to allow that.
If you look at Nextel's current line, which includes 13 different models, only FOUR have two boards.
Three of those are the i710, i730, and i530. ALSO - one of the "two-board models" is the Blackberry.
All Nextel's other phones (not including older models) use only one board.
Here's my opinion
: Sprint payed the 38 billion smackers or whatever amount to merge with Nextel. I believe what will actually take place is that Sprint will have features similar to Nextel's DC, using the same system, and Sprint's and Nextel's customers will be able to communicate with each other.