Sprint Pegs Oct. 2 as CDMA-Based PTT Service Launch
Sprint today announced that it will launch its next-generation, IP-based push-to-talk service, which runs on its CDMA network, starting on October 2. The new Sprint Direct Connect service is available in an area that is already larger than its iDEN-based walkie-talkie service. By early 2012, Sprint says the new DirectConnect service footprint will equal that of its entire CDMA network. The first generation of devices to include this new service (Kyocera DuraMax and DuraCore, and an unnamed Motorola) offer most of the same push-to-talk features that are available on today's iDEN handsets, such as DirectConnect, GroupConnect, Call Alert, NextMail, and others. They can also take advantage of Sprint's CDMA 3G network. The Kyocera DuraMax will be available Oct. 2 for $69.99 after rebate with a new two-year agreement. The Kyocera DuraCore is expected to be available by the end of the year. Sprint said the Motorola device will run Android, and will also be available towards the end of the year. Sprint also noted that it will begin to offer international PTT roaming in select countries starting in 2012.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
Kyocera Torque XT Now On Sale at Sprint Stores
Sprint and Kyocera today announced the Torque XT, a minor update to the original Torque. The two updates include compatibility with Sprint's Direct Connect walkie-talkie service, and the improvement on onboard storage to 20GB.
Kyocera's DuraForce Brings PTT to AT&T
AT&T today announced the pending availability of the Kyocera DuraForce, a ruggedized Android smartphone. Like many of Kyocera's rugged devices, the DuraForce is mil-spec 810G and IP-68 certified.
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 to Perform House Calls with 'Direct 2 You' Service
Sprint today announced a new service called Direct 2 You, wherein a Sprint technician will bring the store experience to customers who purchase a new phone. According to Sprint, some customers prefer to shop from home, but are uncomfortable setting up their new device on their own.
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International PTT roaming
Sprint also noted that it will begin to offer international PTT roaming in select countries starting in 2012.
That's not how I read the press release, but perhaps I missed something.
"Additionally, in 2012, international push-to-talk calling to select countries will also begin rolling out to help support our current customers with international push-to-talk needs."
2005 Called, They Want Their Technology Back
For someone that advertises a CB shop, I would think you would be happy about the most quintessential form of 2 way radio making important news.