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.
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.
Verizon Selling the Ultra-Rugged Sonim XP5
Verizon Wireless today added the Sonim XP5 to its roster of rugged handsets. The XP5 is a bar-style feature phone that includes push-to-talk service (with a dedicated PTT button) for the working set.
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...