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AT&T's improved PTT service coming in November

AT&T's improved PTT service coming in November
AT&T has announced that its enhanced iDEN push-to-talk network will be available starting in November. The carrier is offering discounts and early-access to the service to those who pre-register. With Sprint shutting down its iDEN PTT service next June to refarm its 800MHz spectrum for LTE use, AT&T is going after those customers in a big way. By taking advantage of the option to pre-register, you can either wait for the start of AT&T's enhanced service to switch, or you can use a pre-release version of the software if you need to use AT&T's iDEN network immediately. Sprint had 4.4 million iDEN customers during June whom the carrier would like to keep on its new CDMA Direct Connect PTT service. AT&T's upgrades allow voice and data to be transmitted simultaneously and in Q1 of 2013, PTT over Wi-Fi will be possible. At the same time, the connection will be seamless allowing for switching between Wi-Fi and cellular.

AT&T's enhanced PTT service will be available in November

AT&T's enhanced PTT service will be available in November

AT&T said back in June that it had expanded testing of the service to include "great performance, advanced features, integration with mobile apps and interoperability with radio systems." Using sales events across the country, AT&T has been trying to sign up customers for the service.  A source familiar with the carrier's plans confirms that the PTT service will be available for Android models running 2.3 or higher, BlackBerry 7 models and those phones that will be running on Windows Phone 8. Certain featurephones will be able to access the service using Java, although those devices won't have all of the features that smartphone users will have. Besides handsets, those using tablets, laptops and in-vehicle devices can use the service which is expected to cost $30 per month.On its site, AT&T lists a number of phones that are compatible with the program. Those signing up for the early access program are entitled to  $100 off the price of a PTT enabled handsets which includes the Samsung Galaxy S III ($99 with discount), Samsung Rugby Smart (Free), Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket (Free), BlackBerry Curve 9360 (Free)  and the BlackBerry Bold 9900 ($99)

source: AT&T via FierceWireless

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posted on 17 Sep 2012, 12:46 1

1. Rayvelynn (Posts: 123; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


People still use that service? I'm sorry I don't want everybody knowing my business, I might as well talk on speaker phone

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 12:49 6

2. Ravail (Posts: 182; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)


You obviously have never worked in the construction industry. PTT is VERY useful and an quick way to communicate.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 14:20 2

4. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Also, some units can act as walkie talkies and can be used to communicate even without carrier signals.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 17:18 1

7. lsutigers (Posts: 738; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Yeah it's off network Direct Connect which I think is on most newer Nextel and Sprint Direct Connect devices.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 17:17

6. lsutigers (Posts: 738; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


The service is still big with government and corporate customers. Back in June Sprint upgraded and tripled it's Sprint Direct Connect coverage & service in preparation for the iDEN network shutdown and is migrating customers right now. My employer is moving some 2000 lines from Nextel Direct Connect to Sprint Direct Connect and the new phones are MUCH better. Sprint is also supposed to be releasing an Android app to enable a bunch of other phones with the feature. I did not know that AT&T had an iDEN Network though???

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 01:22

11. Fuego84 (Posts: 281; Member since: 13 May 2012)


You don't have to use speaker, you can set the phones to never use speaker unless you turn on the speaker while on a call.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 14:18

3. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


BlackBerry Bold 9900 and GS3 same price wut? :p

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 15:59

5. tokuzumi (Posts: 289; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


6-8 years ago, I used to hear the "chirp-chirp" all the time. Now, I can't remember the last time I heard the chirp, or even saw someone with a Motorola iDEN phone. The HVAC company I use doesn't have them, and they are a good sized company. Now that almost all post paid cell plans include mobile to mobile for free (from the same provider, except for Sprint), it makes the need for push to talk less relevant.

It's kind unfortunate, too. This was a cool feature.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 17:27

8. lsutigers (Posts: 738; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


I just read more on the pricing and if AT&T is charging $30 per line there is no way their going to take customers away from Sprint Nextel as their Direct Connect service runs $5 or $10 per line and has a much better brand and coverage.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 19:13

9. agentoj (Posts: 104; Member since: 29 Oct 2009)


Wonder if AT&T's iDEN will work in Mexico.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 20:57

10. downphoenix (Posts: 2357; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Well in some ways, its cool how AT&Ts service will work with many more devices. But on the other hand, LMAO to the price, $30 a month vs $5 on Sprint, and Sprint is the established player in this segment. Nice fail, AT&T!

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 15:13

13. PTTUser1 (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Actually, I read that AT&T will have a $5/month "bolt on" plan that adds PTT to any smartphone with a data plan. So, really, not a fail.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 15:11

12. PTTUser1 (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


AT&T doe NOT have an iDEN network. This post need to be corrected. Their PTT will operate via 4g LTE, 3G, and they say Wi-Fi too. Not even AT&T's previous PTT solution utilized an iDEN network.

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