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T-Mobile PTT

amerywireless

Feb 11, 2004, 1:22 PM
Will T-Mobile ever bring out PTT to keep up with the other companies? Alltel has T2T, but does anyone know if it's any good? Is there a web site that talks about upcoming phones and that kind of stuff? Sorry for all the questions! LOL
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Jamie30

Feb 11, 2004, 2:27 PM
Surprised I hope not!

I really like the way T-mobile is right now. Very Happy
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RFosgateGT

Feb 11, 2004, 4:16 PM
why would we need PTT? we already have Mobile-2-Mobile. What does PTT offer that M2M doesnt?
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amerywireless

Feb 12, 2004, 10:44 AM
As you should know - it cuts down on all of the extra talk time. In a business situation there is more work that can be done rather then 2 people talking about B.S. stuff. PTT is right to the point with out wasting COMPANY TIME.
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RFosgateGT

Feb 12, 2004, 4:49 PM
extra talk time? you mean 5-8 seconds it takes someone to answer the phone? T-Mobile offers unlimited calling between parties, ie all t-mobile phones, not just fleets. You cant talk to people unless they answer the PTT anways...no voice mail for PTT either only on the Voice feature...so now when they dont answer their page you now have to call to leave a message...thats a waste.
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amerywireless

Feb 12, 2004, 5:24 PM
Think of it this way - when you call someone just to get directions or what time do you want to meet - how much extra time do you spend talkimg about the weather or your great night you had last night shooting pool? I'm just trying to find out if T-Mobile is coming out with PTT or not.
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TMGuru

Feb 12, 2004, 6:50 PM
You can talk about the weather with PTT as well. That doesn't really change things unless it's a confined setting and it irritates the co-workers. Smile

Anyway, to answer your actual question, I think you see from Frosgate's response T-Mobiles prospective of PTT. It really doesn't offer any advantages over a regular phone connection, unless you consider not being able to have a private conversation for free an advantage (most people consider this a disadvantage). This is the information we get through customer care when we're expected to discuss competitive offers, so I can't imagine T-Mobile having the PTT feature.

In my oppinion, Push to talk is a fad, and has no advantages to rely on except its own popularity.
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southwestcomm

Feb 12, 2004, 9:00 PM
I doubt PTT is a fad. Ask the 12.5 million Nextel customers......
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TMGuru

Feb 12, 2004, 9:31 PM
Yes, as with most fads it's immensely popular currently. It may even stay. But there are very few true advantages to PTT service. A lot of people are very excited to try it out simply because it's new, and because they see others with it. A lot of businesses use it simply because it has the image of the business phone. Nextel has simply built this image of PTT which is the only thing that sustains it, even at expensive plan costs.
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southwestcomm

Feb 13, 2004, 10:10 AM
Are you new to the cellular world? Nextel has had consistant growth since day one. They have the lowest churn in the industry. Obviously people find value in the PTT feature as it continues to grow.
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neighborhood

Feb 13, 2004, 12:39 PM
Nextel is a nice nitche company, but it's growth is inhibited by a small network, pricey equipment & uncompetitive plans. Its high ARPU & historically low churn are the reasons the company has done well, not the quality of the product. WLNP & other carriers offering PTT will erode these advantages over time.

PTT was once the domain of Nextel exclusively, but Verizon is now in the game, too. So far, its not had a huge impact. But Verizon is just a better carrier than Nextel and will eventually, once its PTT is perfected, swallow this business.

I persoanlly have benefitted significantly from WLNP, and customers leaving Nextel for the carrier I sell in my store, T-Mobile. Every customer I have converted seldom used PTT, and was tired of p...
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phonegurl

Feb 13, 2004, 4:56 PM
Nextel's Direct Connect feature is definitely their most valuable service. Verizon's PTT version is a joke in my opinion. It's way slow and the service is named after the BUTTON for crying out loud. I hope T-Mobile doesn't try to get into this.
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dtownsound8

Feb 14, 2004, 1:12 AM
it cant be told that ptt is useful simply because the company is growing... that's like saying people buy Jaguars because the hood ornaments are extremely useful.


sure.. they're growing. the wireless industry as a whole is growing. if they're so great.. then why is it that they've been around for so long, and t-mobile has been here not long at all, and they've already passed nextel in total subscribers.

we in the industry have a nickname for nextel... "NEXTTIME" because everytime i call someone with a nextel phone i get the "please hold while we locate the subscriber you are trying to reach" message, then i get the "the customer you are trying to reach is not available.. now connecting to an automated voicemail service" message.
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Manwithastick

Feb 15, 2004, 3:02 PM
First of all T-mobile>Nextel...BUT Nextel does have one feature with the push to talk that makes it valuable. A nextel user can tell 50 employes "be back at the office in 10" at once; thats awesome! I know with T-mobile you can do that thew the voice mail server but it isnt as quick. Other than that Tmobile>Nextel Cool
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Rich Brome

Feb 13, 2004, 6:16 AM
It's not about the time spent dialing - it's about the time spent in silence. The great thing about PTT is that pushing the PTT button instantly connects you with the last person you talked to.

It's like being in the same room with someone, and just turning your head toward them and talking. It's natural. It's as close as you can get to that kind of convenience, without actually being in the same room.

Have you ever worked with someone where you were actively working together, but most of the time was actually silence? ...you just picked up your head every few minutes to ask a question or discuss something?

That describes a lot of work situations. Company spokespeople spend their days talking for a living. Everyone else in th...
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dtownsound8

Feb 14, 2004, 1:21 AM
With PTT, you have an 8-hour conversation with someone, that only consists of 20 minutes of actual talking, and therefore only 20 minutes of airtime billed (depending on how the carrier charges for PTT, but certainly cheaper than an 8-hour phone call).



that sounds pretty acurate. a 20 minute convo that takes 8 hours. doesnt sound so great to me... i'd rather talk on the phone for an hour.. even IF there were hesitation and silence (which there usually isn't.. that's the ptt process buddy. press a button. talk. wait. make sure not to press the button when someone else is talking. wait. press the button. talk.) why not just pick up the phone.. call someone, say what you need to say, and be done with it?

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Rich Brome

Feb 15, 2004, 6:39 PM
It's not for everyone, and it sounds like it's not for you. PTT isn't useful for me, either - I'm just saying I can see how it is useful for other people in other situations.

Mostly, it's useful for people who are working together, not in the same room, who need to talk briefly or ask each quick other questions throughout the day.

The group calling aspect is also key. It's not really a replacement for conference calls - that's not what I meant to imply - those are still useful for other situations.

For example, say you're working with a team of five people on a project. You're all in different parts of the office, or even in different offices around the country. You need something, and you don't know who has it. You could call each ...
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