Cingular Launches Push to Talk
Dec 2, 2005, 9:21 AM by (staff)
Cingular today launched Push to Talk, its PTT walkie-talkie service. Cingular is offering the service as an add-on to existing voice plans for a flat rate of $9.99 per month for unlimited use, or $19.99 for family plans. As rumored, the company has chosen Kodiak's RTX system. Unique features include visual real-time availability information (presence), call waiting, and the ability to convert a PTT call to a normal voice call at any time. Like other PTT services, it also offers 1-to-1 or group access with one touch of a dedicated side key, contacts and groups can be configured on the phone, and it can work over speakerphone or via earpiece like a normal phone call. The LG F7200 - an entry-level slider available in stores today - is the only compatible phone available initially. A second compatible phone - the Samsung D357 clamshell phone with Bluetooth - will be available soon.
What about when...?
Without trying to sound like a cingular fanboy, but with a lack of a better way to pose this question, What do you think will happen 2 years from now when nextel's iDEN technology goes strictly government, and you have to revert to sprint's VoIP version of PTT?
Sprint is already in the works to intergrate new phones that use sprints old system, while the DoD is in the works of buying out sprint/nextel's portion of the iDEN technology.
Cingular took a few years to have their own PTT service, yes, but think back to when the patent on the PTT service went public, and Sprint and VZW tried to use it. W...
Kodiak PTT is a Phone Call!
So if you think about it, Cingular is charging PTT users $9.99 per month for the privilege of placing a half-duplex (one side muted) phone call to people whom they can already call (full duplex) for free.
Granted that presence (done via SMS, just like an IM application) and group call are not otherwise available, but those features are of limited value. Presence has no value for people who leave their phone on all the time, and very few people even set up groups muc...
Otherwise known as a MARKETING GIMMICK!!!
There is something very important about Kodiak PTT that everyone needs to keep in mind: a Kodiak PTT call is a phone call on a standard voice circuit. It's actually a voice call to the Kodiak RTX platform (which may or
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of course there will be average folks that will get it just to get it. but that is only a PLUS for cingular!
Speaking from the perspective of 2.5 year retail sales rep with Cingular and a former Verizon, and Nextel customer i must say Cingular's PTT solution provides yet another avenue of business.
GSM is a world leader in network and equipment which means there are the most amount of phones available (the ability for a manufacturer to make one phone that can be sold worldwide makes them better and cheaper) while Verizon, Sprint, and Nextel use unique programming language, phone OS/software, and CDMA and IDEN technology limits selection of handsets and technology growth. Trends set overseas with 3G gsm technology are just now trickling ...
lets see, all 50million+ customers on cingular can walkie talkie each other compared to 17million with nextel. And one of the worst thing about nextel is their coverage, and cingulars walkie talkie feature is waaaaay bigger. check out the map its on all of cingulars towers, which is also bigger than verizon.
nextels walkie talkie is outdated compared to the Kodiaks RTX system cingular is using. some features... real-time availability information (presence), call waiting, and the ability to convert a PTT call to a normal voice call at any time, quick grouping, voicemail, (this is all on walkietalkie feature) and much more, very similar to instant messaging featur...
i know the last post http://www.phonescoop...
That's not quite true, most of those people don't have a walkie talkie capable phones, therefore they cannot walkie talkie each other. ...
50+ million customers? Try virtually none. Think about it.
Over time, things may change. Cingular's PTT will either be successful or it will flop. It's really complicated when you try to analyze it so I'm not going to bother....
lol. About Time!
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