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.
BlackBerry KEYone Coming To AT&T
TCT Mobile and AT&T today announced that the BlackBerry KEYone phone will launch with AT&T on Friday, September 1st, in an exclusive Space Black color. The KEYone was previously only available unlocked or from Sprint.
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.
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.
Sprint Likely Switch from Qualcomm to Kodiak for PTT Services
Sprint is on the verge of offering a new version of its push-to-talk service, according to the company's web site. Direct Connect Plus, when it becomes available, will allow "a wide selection of feature phones, smartphones, and tablets" to make PTT calls via 3G, 4G LTE, and WiFi.
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...