Is Nextel Back?

Posted by Two Way Direct on 26th Jul 2019

With the promotion of our  Interoperability Kit, a service that connects smartphones and two-way radios, many people have asked, “Is Nextel back?”

Nextel Communications was one of the first providers to offer national digital cellular coverage throughout the United States. This system disrupted the cellular phone market by providing customers unlimited calling plans and implementing a nationwide push-to-talk system, DirectConnect. This wireless service operator eventually merged with Sprint back in 2005.

So the question still stands, is Nextel back? The short answer is, no because the technology never left, it only improved. While we do not offer Nextel phones or services, our Interoperability Technology connects your phone with two-way radios in your business. 

Two Way Direct Interoperability

How Can Interoperability Help My Business?

Interoperability can be beneficial to your business by decreasing costs and increasing coverage.

If you need to outfit your entire staff with a communication device, it could get costly, especially if half your team needs radios and the other half needs radios and smartphones. Eliminating the need to give some employees two devices saves on cost and reduces the chance of miscommunication.

This gives you the opportunity to outfit part of your staff with two-way radios, and the others with smartphones while keeping everyone connected. Since your push-to-talk service will extend passed the LMR network, your team will receive reliable nationwide coverage through towers. This allows constant communication between the talk groups no matter where you are across the country.

Expand your coverage with our solution that uses your smartphone to communicate with your radio network no matter where you are.

If you need help determining the best solution for your business call us directly at  (888) 742-5893.