Verizon Wireless Offers Integrated PTT and Land Mobile Radio
Today Verizon Wireless announced a new offering for public safety and other agencies that rely on Land Mobile Radio systems for communication. Verizon, by partnering with Catalyst Communications, is offering push-to-talk interoperability with LMR systems. This will provide public safety agencies with a much larger footprint for effective communication by having access to Verizon's network as either a back-up or primary means of communication in addition to the LMR. Verizon is offering a number of different plan options that include combinations of PTT, normal voice, and the LMR systems already in place.
Verizon Adding PTT to Select Phones Via New App
Verizon Wireless is offering a handful of its handsets the ability to include push-to-talk, walkie-talkie features. The service, called Push To Talk Plus, is available to smartphones including the Motorola Droid Maxx, Samsung Galaxy S5, and Casio G'zOne Commando beginning today.
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.
Verizon Wireless Rehashes Prepaid Plans
Verizon Wireless has adjusted its selection of prepaid service plans for smartphones, basic phones, and data devices. Verizon now offers three plans to smartphones.
Verizon Once Again Offering 10GB and 15GB Plans
Verizon Wireless has resumed offering two large data plans for shared lines at a promotional rate. The first costs $80 per month for 10 GB of data and the second costs $100 for 15 GB of data.