AT&T Now Signing Up Enhanced PTT Customers
AT&T today announced that organizations interested in using its yet-to-be-launched enhanced push-to-talk service can now pre-register. Announced earlier this year, AT&T's enhanced PTT service will deliver a number of new features to its walkie-talkie service. According to AT&T, the new PTT service will allow customers to reach up to 250 contacts via PTT at a time; see who's available for PTT conversations based on presence; use mobile apps, GPS services, or the camera during PTT calls; as well as give business customers more control over the service. AT&T's enhanced PTT service is expected to launch in November, and will be available on a mix of Android and BlackBerry smartphones.
Android Messages with RCS to Reach More Phones On More Carriers
Google says its Android Messages app is on the upswing thanks to new RCS-based tools and growing support from phone makers and wireless network operators. To start, brands now have more power to interact with consumers thanks to RCS business messaging.
Kyocera DuraForce XD to Be Sold By AT&T
AT&T today said it will soon offer the DuraForce XD, a rugged Android phablet from Kyocera. The DuraForce XD picks up where last year's DuraForce left off with a bigger 5.7-inch HD screen with wet-finger tracking and glove support.
AT&T to Sell Sonim XP5 Rugged Feature Phone
AT&T today announced plans to soon sell the Sonim XP5. The XP5 is a fully ruggedized feature phone that carries an IP68 rating for protection against liquid and dust ingress, and a mil-spec 810G rating for protection against drops and other physical abuses.
Kyocera's DuraTR Is a Robust Feature Phone with Direct Connect for Sprint
Kyocera has quietly launched the DuraTR, a ruggedized bar phone intended for Sprint's Direct Connect service. The DuraTR meets mil-spec 810G for protection from drops, bumps, scrapes, and bruises.
AT&T Enhanced PTT
AT&T is obviously timing their enhancements to their PTT service to lure customers away from Sprint as the Nextel iDEN network winds down. I don't think AT&T's PTT will ever equal Nextel's iDEN PTT experience, but the huge advantage AT&T has is their strong customer base of businesses, due to (a) their large footprint in the US, and (b) the fact that their GSM voice & data service roams globally better than any other carrier's offering, at least for those traveling to the EU on business.
That global roaming ability is already a huge draw to businesses, and I can see where that well-est...