I know many crews that are getting away from radio dispatching in favor of Nextels or other P-T-T equipped type phones, due to less hassle re FCC licensing & equipment costs v. having phones and radios.
They usually wind up using the radios for "on site" commo.
Just noticed online that some of the newer Nextel phones offer off-nework walkie talkie. You know.... when you're 2 rooms away from the guy your trying to talk to and can't get through because the network is jambed. I assume this would go through and two way communication is better? Anyone got these newer phones? do they work well?
Here is a good link for your 10 Codes, http://archimedes.galilei.com/raiar/code-10.html We may go back to radios, the cost of cell services are going up, and the quality of services are going down, it appears their only concern is selling increasing rate plans, and building cash flow, rather then offering quality services at affordable rates.
We have walkie-talkies. (I know they are around here someplace) We went to Nextel and it just aggravated us more. We tried a couple of different cell services and finally settled on Verizon; not great, but the best of the bunch. We now use cell's for everything including in place of walkie-talkie even in the same building.
"No Service, System Busy Try again, Target Not Available, push button wait...wait...BEEEEP, did not go through. "
Yes, the same here, and it is getting worse not better, all we get from customer service is lip service, not improved service, I called yesterday, and the only thing they were able to do is recommend new phones, and a longer contract, that would be more reliable, well mam the phone is three months old, and it is the third time you told me an upgrade would solve the problem. I think it's time to regulate these cash cows.
Our Nextel service keeps getting worse. They just merged with sprint. I read several reports that nextel does not plan much for service / equipment upgrades for a few years. Were looking to change carriers.
We use Nextel, but don't like it. The only problem is so many of our contractors use Nextel, we are forced to also. If someone makes a phone with push to talk that can contact a Nextel radio, it would be very popular, but that's not going to happen. Perhaps Nextel should read this thread to see what it's customer base thinks of it.