Trans-Atlantic Push-To-Talk Demonstrated
Jan 23, 2003, 8:58 AM by (staff)
FastMobile this week announced that it has successfully completed a voice walkie-talkie (push-to-talk) test between Chicago and London using two off-the-shelf Nokia Series 60 GSM phones. A FastMobile server in Chicago routed the digitized voice and text conversations across the GPRS networks of US operator T-Mobile, and UK operators Orange and Vodafone. No additional hardware was required on the phones or networks. By the second quarter of 2003, FastMobile plans to commercialize the walkie-talkie feature into its fastxt service, which the company is planning to bring to the US later this year.
Verizon Adding PTT to Select Phones Via New App
Verizon Wireless is offering a handful of its handsets the ability to include push-to-talk, walkie-talkie features. The service, called Push To Talk Plus, is available to smartphones including the Motorola Droid Maxx, Samsung Galaxy S5, and Casio G'zOne Commando beginning today.
Nokia Networks to Acquire Eden Rock
Nokia Networks today announced its intent to acquire Eden Rock Communications for an undisclosed sum. Eden Rock pioneered self-organizing networks (SON) technology for mobile broadband operators.
Motorola to Open Chicago Experience Shop
Motorola today said it will open a new retail store in Chicago on Nov. 7.
Verizon Changes Up Prepaid Plans
Verizon Wireless today announced changes to its prepaid service plans. The entry-level plan includes unlimited talk and text, but no data (WiFi only) for $30 per month.
Straight Talk Tweaks Plans
Straight Talk Wireless, available only in Walmart stores, today increased the amount of high-speed data available to its $45 Unlimited Nationwide Talk, Text and Data plan from 2.5GB to 3GB with no change to the monthly cost. Straight Talk throttles data speeds down to 2G once customers exceed 3GB in a single billing period.