AT&T Wireless Reconsiders Nokia PTT Solution
Apr 24, 2004, 1:12 PM by (staff)
In a conference call with analysts Friday, AT&T Wireless executives said there had been "a change of plan" in the company's efforts to launch Push-To-Talk (PTT) walkie-talkie service. The company had previously committed to deploying "pre-standard" PoC technology from Nokia. AT&T Wireless executives said they would now delay their PTT project indefinitely, instead working with other carriers (presumably Cingular) to agree on a common platform. Nokia's technology differs from the PoC proposal backed by Ericsson, Motorola and Siemens. The OMA standards group has yet to pick which technology will become the official PoC standard.
Motorola Solutions Acquires PTT Provider Kodiak Networks
Motorola Solutions today said it has agreed to acquire Kodiak Networks for an undisclosed sum. Motorola Solutions is the not the Lenovo-owned company behind Motorola smartphones; rather, Motorola Solutions is a separate corporation that handles first-responder and push-to-talk hardware, and wireless networking equipment.
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.
Sprint's Direct Connect Plus PTT Service Is Now Live
Sprint recently launched its Direct Connect Plus push-to-talk service. Direct Connect Plus powers walkie-talkie style conversations with instant connections between users.
Apple Backs Qi Wireless Charging Standard
Apple has joined the Wireless Power Consortium, according to IHS Technologies and the WPC's own web site. Apple is listed as a backing member of the organization, which is behind the Qi wireless charging standard.
Powermat Has Joined the Wireless Power Consortium
Powermat, a member of the Power Matters Alliance using the AirFuel standard, has also joined the Wireless Power Consortium, the group that supports the Qi wireless charging standard. Powermat became a member of the WPC this week, where it will contribute its technology to improve and advanced inductive wireless charging for both PMA and Qi devices.