Push To Talk Standardized
Jun 21, 2006, 12:54 PM by (staff)
The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) today announced it has approved the first specification for Push To Talk over cellular (PoC). The specification will free carriers from having to choose a single PoC provider and requiring all their handset manufacturers to license that providers software. This should reduce the cost and difficulty of launching PoC on a network, and also will allow carriers to provide PoC interoperability. Some analysts expect major carriers other than Sprint Nextel to move their PoC networks to an OMA compliant system in the near future. However it is unlikely if they do that they will workout cross-carrier calling any time soon because of billing issues. Typically new messaging and communication features are not successful until cross-network interoperability is available. Sprint Nextel is expected to remain separate and continue to use iDen and Qualcomm's QChat.
Push to Talk is the Future!!!
1) It is inter-compatible with a majority of carriers
2) It is readily availible to customers on almost every handset
3) It is as easy or easier to use than a regular call
I still don't know why people like sharing both sides of their conversatoins with the world around.
They would make a killing if they put the two together - with that wide a coverage area and that many PTT users already there.....
Not to mention all the customers asking for it....