Enhanced PTT Coming To AT&T This Year
Top message: Wow, really? by Vmac39
Replying to: Re: I'm not interested in PTT, Therefore, nobody else is by island-guy
Re: I'm not interested in PTT, Therefore, nobody else is
If you've ever tried 'real' PTT you would realize how powerful and efficient it truly is. When we are out in the field It's instant communication and IMO allows true simultaneous multitasking, It's like virtually being within earshot of everyone. You can be on the job hammering away and receive verbal communication at the same time and if you need to respond all you need is to hit the PTT button. You don't have to drop everything, pull off your gloves, unlock your phone, and call back or see what your message is about. Many times it's just change of orders or FYI's that are communicated needing no response at all and no need to stop working. So it doubles as a PA system as well. List goes on.....Hopefully the phones will have the speed and real speakers/ringtones to work for once.
This post illustrates my point exactly. Those who have had "real PTT" (i.e. Nextel, and hopefully now the new Sprint-based PTT), find out quickly that it is an excellent tool for a significant amount of the average person's wireless communications needs. Certainly, regular voice & texting are equally valuable, each has its place and its strengths. High-performance PTT is just another tool in the toolbox, although it is one of the more efficient ones.
Most users develop their own ultra-efficient "codes", for example when initiating a call to another PTT user, one chirp means "Hey, can you talk now?" (i.e. a simple, quick, instantaneous "ping"), If they can take the call right then, they reply, if not, they do not reply (or chirp twice in succession to say "not right now").
If a simple "yes" or "no" response is all that is needed in response to another PTT caller's last transmission, a single chirp in reply means "yes" or acknowledgement, two chirps in succession means "no". Some families I have heard of use three chirps in succession to mean "this is urgent, I need you to respond".
All this takes mere seconds, with the phone still in its holster. Just one of the many ways that a real, high-performance PTT system like Nextel is vastly more efficient for a certain percentage of even famliy use, let alone how much more efficient it is for workforce use.
The NextMail service takes it a step further, with the ability to set it up so you can PTT a voice message that can either go to the other person's email, or as a text to their mobile phone. They can then respond to you with a text (if it went to their email), or they can respond with a recorded voice message that returns to your phone as a text msg, you open their text & press "Call", and their voice message plays on your phone. Far, far, far more efficent, and safer, than regular texting, but it has the advantage of coming in as a text so the recipient can deal with it on their own schedule, not have to answer a ringing phone. All part of the ultra-efficient, high-performance PTT service available from the "Gold Standard" in PTT, Nextel (and now from Sprint).
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