Dear Forum: This issue has had me bugged for sometime i know the iden phones are patented to one company by Motorola and that is Nextel, but what Nextel offers for its phones, plans and accessories is preposterous. They have one of the hardest credit checks in the business and are asking a little too much of the customer to get their phones. Now currently you have to have excellent credit (not too much or not established will not do)two forms of ID which can be a drivers license, credit card, us passport, ss card etc. You also have to sign an addendum form plus the regular contract and there phones not that its there fault take a maximum of 24 to 48 hours to be turned on. The second NExtel asks for a thumb print and a blood sample i will have to extradite them from my company, its a little ridiculous. Not to mention in the credit check they check ten years back. I think it might be due to the ongoing fad amongst teens for the radio ( i guess it shows independence or its just the better thing to show off) but there plans start from 39.99 and go up and at the lower rate plans they don't offer voicemail and call id like the other companys. So with the addition of this direct connect feature its safe to say that i believe this is a monopoly. Well its actually probably a legal one according to the US patents office. But i was taught in school you need only to change an invention only 30% to get a patent for it. SO will some phone company come up with something similar so we can stop the madness of Nextel. I personally own a I1000 great phone but Nextel can be kind of snobby in customer service and have a constant problem with busy signals on the direct connect during the evening hours here (rush Hour) not good, thats why I am glad to have two extra phones in case of emergency with that thing. CellguyNY Keeping the center of the big apple filled with a fresh new perspective on the direct connect feature.