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Apr 24, 2004, 8:52 PM »

Nextel pushes new 'push to talk' features
Last modified: March 17, 2004, 5:29 PM PST
By Ben Charny
Staff Writer, CNET

Nextel Communications wants its popular walkie-talkie cell phone feature to work when a wireless network isn't available, a move that could give it a leg up on carriers that offer similar so-called push-to-talk technology.

At an investor conference Wednesday, Nextel Chief Executive Tim Donahue described the new service as an "off-network push to talk" with a much shorter range than the company's current nationwide DirectConnect push-to-talk service.

Nextel equipment supplier Motorola developed the technology for the new service, which relie...

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