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  1. #1
    Jim
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    I'm surprised by the lack of discussion about Ready Link in this forum.
    So I thought I would post my expierance with it so far, and see
    what I get for a response.

    I have had it for about three weeks, I'm using it on two of the four
    phones on my account. Both phones are RL2000's, great phone and the
    ready link works well, when its working.

    I seem to get a lot of "not available" messages when I try to use it.
    Yet both phones have strong service signals. I will assume that this is
    a server problem. When it is working, the service is great, but I don't
    know if it's worth $10/month for each phone.

    Due to my retention plan 2000 AT mins. 2000 NW, S2S, and first incoming
    min free for $79.00 I don't qualify for the free RL on the main phone.
    I can't see paying an additional $40/ month when I have sprint to sprint
    for free.

    Does anyone think this will become a free option in the near future? At
    this point I plan to cancel it in 5 weeks when my free time is over.

    Jim




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  2. #2
    Thomas T. Veldhouse
    Guest

    Re: Ready Link

    On Thu, 08 Jan 2004 19:24:24 GMT, Jim <""jimreid(\"nycap.rr.com">
    wrote:

    >
    >Does anyone think this will become a free option in the near future? At
    >this point I plan to cancel it in 5 weeks when my free time is over.
    >
    >Jim


    I don't see it ever becoming a free option. Ready-Link is squarely
    aimed at business customers ... those with groups of phones that all
    need to stay in touch and have realtime, multiway (more than two
    people) participation in a conversation. It is these customers they
    want, and those customers will use it and pay for it (as they do with
    Nextel and now Verizon).


    Tom Veldhouse



  3. #3
    Zaphod
    Guest

    Re: Ready Link

    Jim <""jimreid(\"nycap.rr.com"> wrote in
    news:[email protected]:

    > I'm surprised by the lack of discussion about Ready Link in this forum.
    > So I thought I would post my expierance with it so far, and see
    > what I get for a response.
    >
    > I have had it for about three weeks, I'm using it on two of the four
    > phones on my account. Both phones are RL2000's, great phone and the
    > ready link works well, when its working.
    >
    > I seem to get a lot of "not available" messages when I try to use it.
    > Yet both phones have strong service signals. I will assume that this is
    > a server problem. When it is working, the service is great, but I don't
    > know if it's worth $10/month for each phone.
    >
    > Due to my retention plan 2000 AT mins. 2000 NW, S2S, and first incoming
    > min free for $79.00 I don't qualify for the free RL on the main phone.
    > I can't see paying an additional $40/ month when I have sprint to sprint
    > for free.
    >
    > Does anyone think this will become a free option in the near future? At
    > this point I plan to cancel it in 5 weeks when my free time is over.
    >
    > Jim
    >


    If there was ever anything I don't want, this is it.

    If I wanted to be that available, I would use Nextel.

    I can just imagine the abuse from wife and kids...

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  4. #4
    Steven V Crow
    Guest

    Re: Ready Link

    (cross-posted to alt.cellular.verizon so they can see the comparison)

    Being on a third-party employee plan, I get Readylink (like most stuff)
    free so I have perhaps set my expectations accordingly... still, I think
    it's a great product.

    I have been unsuccessful in establishing contact groups, and, like you,
    have been experiencing a high number of "not available" messages, although
    that's a problem that's cropped up in just the last couple days.

    Also being on a third-party employee plan with VZW, and having their
    VZTalk PTT service, Sprint's Readylink is years ahead of VZW's. A quick
    comparison, for what it's worth:

    * CALL SETUP TIME:
    VZTalk: 4-10 seconds
    Readylink: 1-3 seconds

    * IN-CALL LATENCY:
    VZTalk: 2-4 seconds
    Readylink: 2 seconds

    * OTHER KEY FEATURES:
    VZTalk:
    - Cannot disable VZTalk service... anyone can talk to you
    at any time (may have been fixed on latest v.60p update)
    - "Presence" shows contacts' availability at a glance
    - Support for group calling up to 50 contacts
    - Can only add contacts via website, but can PTT directly
    - Pricing: $20/month for unlimited individual calling;
    additional per-minute rate for group calls.
    Readylink:
    - CAN disable Readylink... sort of a "Do Not Disturb"
    functionality.
    - No "presence" function like VZTalk (I find this feature
    useless, personally, as it only saves 2-3 seconds anyway)
    - Support for group calling limited to 5 contacts
    - Manage contacts from handset or website (future), plus
    shared business contact lists for Business accounts; also
    can Readylink directly by phone number
    - Pricing: $15/month for unlimited use, individual or group.

    One additional thing worth noting is that the PCS Readylink handsets seem
    to buffer outgoing audio on the handset, sending it in the background.
    This really helps the "flow" during a conversation... once the connection
    has been established, just push the button and talk. VZW's v.60p requires
    you push and hold the PTT button, wait for it to negotiate a VOIP stream
    with the server (or remote handset?), and then it gives you the go-ahead
    to start talking.

    Except for the limit of 5 contacts per group call and the lack of a
    "presence" feature (which again, I personally find useless), the PCS
    Readylink service appears to be an all-around better product out of the
    two.

    I have never used Nextel so I can't make a comparison to their product,
    but at least I can offer some objective observations and opinions on the
    two "new" PTT services.

    Steve

    On Thu, 8 Jan 2004, it was written:

    > I'm surprised by the lack of discussion about Ready Link in this forum.
    > So I thought I would post my expierance with it so far, and see
    > what I get for a response.
    >
    > I have had it for about three weeks, I'm using it on two of the four
    > phones on my account. Both phones are RL2000's, great phone and the
    > ready link works well, when its working.
    >
    > I seem to get a lot of "not available" messages when I try to use it.
    > Yet both phones have strong service signals. I will assume that this is
    > a server problem. When it is working, the service is great, but I don't
    > know if it's worth $10/month for each phone.
    >
    > Due to my retention plan 2000 AT mins. 2000 NW, S2S, and first incoming
    > min free for $79.00 I don't qualify for the free RL on the main phone.
    > I can't see paying an additional $40/ month when I have sprint to sprint
    > for free.
    >
    > Does anyone think this will become a free option in the near future? At
    > this point I plan to cancel it in 5 weeks when my free time is over.
    >
    > Jim
    >
    >





  5. #5
    newguy
    Guest

    Re: Ready Link

    Just wait, it will get worse. And RL is $15/month per phone unless you have
    a special discounted plan.

    The number of times it takes to open the flip and hit end then close the
    flip to restart the RL call is more time consuming than to just call the
    person.

    Also, I've always hated people with Nextel that would yell into their phones
    no matter where they are (when I was using RL I always walked AWAY from
    people standing around)... but it's so annyoing and impolite to call another
    RL user without knowing what they are doing. My wife would call me at me
    work and I would be on the phone or with a customer and all she can do is
    start talking or say 'hey, are you available?'. On nextel, you can send
    out a short unobstrusive tone and if the other person is available they
    answer. With RL you either have to make some 'static' on the phone and see
    if the person notices or just have to start blurting out a conversation
    without knowing the status of the other person.

    RL is complete garbage right now. BUT that doesn't mean it won't improve
    and hopefully if if does, I'll go back to it.

    "Jim" <""jimreid(\"nycap.rr.com"> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > I'm surprised by the lack of discussion about Ready Link in this forum.
    > So I thought I would post my expierance with it so far, and see
    > what I get for a response.
    >
    > I have had it for about three weeks, I'm using it on two of the four
    > phones on my account. Both phones are RL2000's, great phone and the
    > ready link works well, when its working.
    >
    > I seem to get a lot of "not available" messages when I try to use it.
    > Yet both phones have strong service signals. I will assume that this is
    > a server problem. When it is working, the service is great, but I don't
    > know if it's worth $10/month for each phone.
    >
    > Due to my retention plan 2000 AT mins. 2000 NW, S2S, and first incoming
    > min free for $79.00 I don't qualify for the free RL on the main phone.
    > I can't see paying an additional $40/ month when I have sprint to sprint
    > for free.
    >
    > Does anyone think this will become a free option in the near future? At
    > this point I plan to cancel it in 5 weeks when my free time is over.
    >
    > Jim
    >






  6. #6
    O/Siris
    Guest

    Re: Ready Link

    In article <[email protected]>,=20
    Steven V [email protected] says...
    > I have never used Nextel so I can't make a comparison to their product,=

    =20
    > but at least I can offer some objective observations and opinions on the=

    =20
    > two "new" PTT services.
    >=20


    We have, I think, one and only one advantage on Nextel when=20
    it comes to this: Group Calling is nationwide. Nextel, as=20
    I understand it, lets you DC nationwide, but only one on=20
    one. You cannot establish a nationwide group. The group=20
    must reside entirely within your calling area.

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    O/Siris
    I work for SprintPCS
    I *don't* speak for them.



  7. #7
    Isaiah Beard
    Guest

    Re: Ready Link

    O/Siris wrote:


    >
    > We have, I think, one and only one advantage on Nextel when
    > it comes to this: Group Calling is nationwide. Nextel, as
    > I understand it, lets you DC nationwide, but only one on
    > one. You cannot establish a nationwide group. The group
    > must reside entirely within your calling area.


    Chances are, I doubt this will ever really be resolved with Nextel until
    they come up with an IP-based two-way system of their own. Nextel is a
    real-time two way radio system, and so the link MUST be immediate... no
    backhauling or buffering allowed.




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