AT&T's improved PTT service coming in November
0. phoneArena posted on 17 Sep 2012, 12:40
AT&T will kick off its improved PTT service in November, hoping to grab Sprint customers who will be looking for a new iDEN network after Sprint closes its shop next June in favor of its CDMA PTT pipeline; the nation's third largest carrier will refarm the 800MHz spectrum to use for its LTE pipeline...
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1. Rayvelynn posted on 17 Sep 2012, 12:46 1 2
People still use that service? I'm sorry I don't want everybody knowing my business, I might as well talk on speaker phone
2. Ravail posted on 17 Sep 2012, 12:49 6 0
You obviously have never worked in the construction industry. PTT is VERY useful and an quick way to communicate.
4. cepcamba posted on 17 Sep 2012, 14:20 2 0
Also, some units can act as walkie talkies and can be used to communicate even without carrier signals.
7. lsutigers posted on 17 Sep 2012, 17:18 1 0
Yeah it's off network Direct Connect which I think is on most newer Nextel and Sprint Direct Connect devices.
6. lsutigers posted on 17 Sep 2012, 17:17 0 0
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???
11. Fuego84 posted on 18 Sep 2012, 01:22 0 0
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.
5. tokuzumi posted on 17 Sep 2012, 15:59 0 0
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.
8. lsutigers posted on 17 Sep 2012, 17:27 0 0
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.
10. downphoenix posted on 17 Sep 2012, 20:57 0 1
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!
13. PTTUser1 posted on 19 Sep 2012, 15:13 0 0
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.
12. PTTUser1 posted on 19 Sep 2012, 15:11 0 0
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.