Sprint Offers PTT to Android Phones Via New App
Updated: added price and availability details.
Sprint today announced a new application for Android smartphones that enables push-to-talk functionality. The app, called Sprint Direct Connect Now, brings PTT calling features to devices such as the Kyocera Rise and LG Optimus Elite. Some of the capabilities the app offers include the ability to: interact with other Nextel Direct Connect and Sprint Direct Connect devices; connect with up to 21 participants in Group Connect; call alerts; use touch screen controls without the PTT button; interact with the native address book; and set up Direct Connect favorites. The application is available to the Kyocera Rise first, with availability for LG Optimus Elite and other devices to follow. The app is a free download from the Google Play Store, but requires users to subscribe to a Direct Connect plan in order to use the service.
Hands-On with the Kyocera Rise
Kyocera's new Rise stands out for having a physical keyboard, when other manufacturers seem to be moving away from such things. We spent some time with it.
Review: Kyocera Rise for Sprint
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LG Optimus Elite / Optimus M+ / Optimus Plus / Optimus Quest
3.5" display 320 x 480 pixels
Snapdragon S2 MSM8655 processor 0.5 GB RAM
1,520 mAh battery
Headphone Jack (3.5mm), Memory Card Slot, NFC