AT&T Adds Wi-Fi Support to Its Enhanced PTT Service
AT&T has moved into phase two of its enhanced push-to-talk service roll-out, adding support for Wi-Fi hotspots. This means customers of AT&T's Enhanced PTT Services can conduct PTT calls over both AT&T's cellular data network and now Wi-Fi hotspots. AT&T launched the first phase of its Enhanced PTT service last year with the hopes of capturing former iDEN customers fleeing Sprint. AT&T has not provided any stats to reveal how well its Enhanced PTT is performing. AT&T's Enhanced PTT service is run on technology provided by Kodiak Networks.
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 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.
Cablevision Launching FreeWheel WiFi-Based Phone
Cablevision today announced FreeWheel, a wireless service that relies wholly on WiFi networks rather than cellular networks. FreeWheel will offer unlimited voice calls (via VoIP), messaging, and data for $30 per month.
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.
But is it secure? And how about a head-to-head comparo?
BTW Phonescoop, what about having a head-to-head comparison of PTT performance & features from Sprint, AT&T and Verizon, with Nextel as the baseline to compare all three of the newbies to? Including when an AT&T EPTT customer has no LTE signal and it drops back to 3G signal, same for Sprint & Verizon, how does each perform when in...
My guess is you don't miss regular or PTT calls with AT...