Verizon to Launch QChat, Compete with Sprint
As Sprint prepares to launch QChat, its next-gen PTT service based on EVDO rev-A, it will only have a couple months to make an impression before it faces some major competition. Verizon Wireless has just announced that it is ready to launch QChat on its network as well, sometime later this summer.
Sprint/Nextel, the carrier most renowned for its Direct Connect, has been losing millions of customers each quarter. By launching QChat it hopes to begin gaining customers once more, as many customers had become frustrated by the lack of Sprint features on Nextel phones. By introducing QChat, Nextel stalwarts will be able to enjoy all of the same data-rich applications Sprint customers get on their phones, while still using a rugged Direct Connect phone.
Verizon already has a lineup of new phones prepared for the second generation PTT technology but has not made these handsets public as of yet. The details on the specifics of the upgrade in Verizon’s move to QChat are still rather fuzzy at the time of writing; we just simply know Verizon will be taking advantage of their 3G network to make PTT better. However, as more becomes known we will be reporting that information to you!