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AT&T Adds Wi-Fi Support to Its Enhanced PTT Service

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Feb 27, 2013, 4:01 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

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.

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Feb 28, 2013, 12:26 AM
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But is it secure? And how about a head-to-head comparo?

I'm wondering if AT&T's EPTT over local WiFi is a secure means of communication. Nextel's iDEN-based PTT was considered to be fairly secure (i.e. not easy at all for others to listen in on conversations), and that was a huge selling point to both private companies and law enforcement users. Does anyone know if AT&T's EPTT is equally as secure when it switches over from AT&T's main networks to a local WiFi spot?

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...
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A head-to-head would be interesting. I can tell you that in my area, Sprint QChat is as fast and reliable. The only downside is a QChat session still ties up the phoneline like Direct Connect.

My guess is you don't miss regular or PTT calls with AT...
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