nextel off network use as two way??

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Sorry if I posted this in the wrong section, but was wondering, I have read you can use some old nextwl phones as two way radios without activating the phones with nextel.

Was wondering how well they work and if they work this way.
Could someone give me some nextel phone model numbers I could look to buy?
bet I could find some cheap off craigslist..:)

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Sorry if I posted this in the wrong section, but was wondering, I have read you can use some old nextwl phones as two way radios without activating the phones with nextel.

Was wondering how well they work and if they work this way.
Could someone give me some nextel phone model numbers I could look to buy?
bet I could find some cheap off craigslist..:)

thanks
They don't work on GMRS or FRS
 

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look for the thread trisquare tsx 300- it will give you the information that you are looking for!
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thanks, but the link you posted doesn't talk about old nextel phones as 2-ways...I'm I missing something?

And yes I know they don't work on GMRS, but seeing I'm new at this hobby
I didn't know where to post something asking about old nextels. sorry
 
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Do you need to be spoon-fed any more or do you think that you are capable of doing a search in the forums?
Loose the attitude. Either help and be nice about it, or just move along when you see someone asking for help.
 

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There are a few Motorola iDEN radios that fuction off network. They use FHSS(Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum) technology in the 900MHz ISM band. Range is comparable to .5w FRS radios. There are some that use them in cruise ships or at theme parks and have found that they work fairly well. The most popular model seems to be the i355 although there are other models that do have the off network function I just can not remember other model numbers. They are plentiful on Ebay. You do need a SIM card to be able to access the off network, but the SIM card does not need to be active on Nextel it just has to be in the phone.
 

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There are a few Motorola iDEN radios that fuction off network. They use FHSS(Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum) technology in the 900MHz ISM band. Range is comparable to .5w FRS radios. There are some that use them in cruise ships or at theme parks and have found that they work fairly well. The most popular model seems to be the i355 although there are other models that do have the off network function I just can not remember other model numbers. They are plentiful on Ebay. You do need a SIM card to be able to access the off network, but the SIM card does not need to be active on Nextel it just has to be in the phone.
I wonder if I google search nextel fuction off network, I would be able to find more model numbers that work..
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gm991 said:
seems like the i576 can also...i think...lol
Motorola i576
The i355 seems to give the best results. They have a better counterpoise than the smaller ones, and a better antenna as well. If you search around, there is a thread where someone replaced the pull up anytenna with a better fixed length one
 

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ok so zero in on the i355
I was just thinking the i576 is smaller and easier to carry
So am I right in guessing any nextel that lists "Off-Network Walkie-Talkie service" in its spec's should work like a two way?
 

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Yup. Not all the radios do it, so look for that in the description
 
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