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    Default Can iDen phones be used without serivce?

    Hey Everyone,
    I know this isn't necessarily an Android question but since iDen is on the way out can these devices be used without a service plan as walkie talkies? I thought I read somewhere certain models can be used as walkie talkies as long as they're within range of each other? Is this correct or is it just a myth?
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    That information is correct. Nextel phones that support the Direct Talk feature (not all do) can be used as walkie talkies within a certain range (max: ~6-7 miles, probably more like 2-3 miles in real world usage) without having cellular service activated.



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    That's interesting. My Blackberry isn't listed in the link but I wonder if it would work.
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    Direct talk phones are all Motorola's.
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    dont know why they think this new Q"cutie" Chat is the answer....Just improve Nextel like Sprint should have been doin 5 or more years ago instead of forgetting about it.
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    Well it has to be the answer for them because the dinosaur that is iDEN is mercifully being put out to pasture in the next few years.
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    only time will tell, been tried with great failure before, then look at verizons answer for ptt(lol) junk and att had no luck at succeeding NEXTEL Direct Connect.

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