AT&T's Enhanced PTT Targeting November Launch
AT&T is preparing to kick off the availability of its improved push-to-talk service in November, according to company web sites. Previously, AT&T only said it would launch the new service by the end of 2012. AT&T spokesperson Mari Melguizo said in an email to Fierce Wireless, "Using AT&T's IP data network as the backbone for the solution we're trialing will provide faster connection times and better quality of service. Kodiak's InstaPoC technology is an advanced PTT service that achieves sub-second call setup times without requiring customization on radio access networks (RANs) or underlying cellular networks." When it launches, AT&T's improved PTT service will support a handful of smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S III.
Galaxy S8 to Cost $750, S8+ to Cost $850: Carriers Share Launch Details
Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will cost $750 and $850, respectively. The phones share almost all features other than size and both ship with 64 GB of internal storage.
Kyocera's DuraForce Brings PTT to AT&T
AT&T today announced the pending availability of the Kyocera DuraForce, a ruggedized Android smartphone. Like many of Kyocera's rugged devices, the DuraForce is mil-spec 810G and IP-68 certified.
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.
Google Targeting November for Daydream VR Launch
Google today detailed the launch plans for its Daydream virtual reality platform. The company said the Daydream Viewer will be available in November for $79, which includes both the headset and controller together.
T-Mobile Debuts VoLTE in Seattle
T-Mobile today announced that it has launched VoLTE service in its home market of Seattle. T-Mobile claims that VoLTE service offers both voice and data in the same radio layer and offers call set-up times that are twice as quick.
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