What about when...?
Alot of you make good points. That is those of you that are actually discussing cingular's participation into the PTT share of the market.
Without trying to sound like a cingular fanboy, but with a lack of a better way to pose this question, What do you think will happen 2 years from now when nextel's iDEN technology goes strictly government, and you have to revert to sprint's VoIP version of PTT?
Sprint is already in the works to intergrate new phones that use sprints old system, while the DoD is in the works of buying out sprint/nextel's portion of the iDEN technology.
Cingular took a few years to have their own PTT service, yes, but think back to when the patent on the PTT service went public, and Sprint and VZW tried to use it. What was cingular doing? Cingular was telling everyone, " you have rollover minutes, you paid for them, keep'em." Sprint and VZW were failing at having PTT with bad marketing to go with bad PTT service.
When nextel first had the PTT their phones were something prehistoric, and not very consumer friendly. While the rest of the industry was focusing in on the consumer, nextel was focusing in on getting their walkie talkie service out there with horribley expensive plans. And just like those that followed after it, it only worked if someone else had it, obviously. That makes for the consumer trying to sell someone elses product because they bought it, so they want someone else to have to buy it to.
Cingular knew that someday they would have PTT, but they also knew that having the same kind of PTT service that VZW and Sprint put out would not make for good competition with any of the other 3 (4 at the time, there was ATT) big providers. Knowing that nextel's cellular service was a not great, and charging someone $80 a month (at the time only they had PTT)with something like 100 minutes a month, and a seperat fee for PTT minutes. Cingular's PTT service is $10 a month for unlimited nationwide (supposedly, soon to be international also) use for single lines and $20 a month for the family plans ... it kind of evens out for the plans, services, and prices that are offered today.
Cingular also took their time with the PTT service because iDEN technology itself was exclusive to nextel, but the patent on the technology wasn't. Cingular went about it's business acquiring ATT, and expanding it's coverage area. Sprint, Nextel followed suit, but neither made efforts to better their service before the merger, and it seem as though they haven't made anything better since in terms of service. They still offer mediocre phones with bad service in many metro areas. VZW has made tech advances to make the cell phone an entertainment center adding V cast. T-Mobile has exclusive phones like the sidekick, but then again just about every company has it's exclusives.
Cingluar has kept it's head on straight by looking to improve and offer things for everyone, from the business person to the family that wants a phone for the parent that just wants to make a call to the teen that wants to make a call and listen to music, with the convenience of having to carry one device. Going GSM for cingular wasn't just something for them to do. It fell into their plans to broaden their future in the industry. They now have PTT, and a seemingly better PTT service than VZW and Sprint have to offer. Since the government is going to be using iDEN exclusively, cingular's version of PTT seems to be the next best option for the consumer, and business' alike. And they will have better start up times fpr the PTT as more and more people use it. It only makes sence they will make improvements on something that is already great.
Aonother great thing about Cingular's PTT is that like txting you only need at most 1 bar to use it. Basically as long as you have a signal, you can PTT. I know with nextel, service is service, no bars, no talk. Also since cingular's PTT works over GSM it allows for the "call waiting" feature when in a PTT or cell call. With nextel if you are on a PTT then someone couldn't get a hold of you by way of a call or PTT. Cingular allows you to put one on hold, and answer the other if you choose to. Over all, that itself is a better advance in the PTT side of things.
And with things like nights and weekends, long distance calling, caller ID, txting, international calling, and M2M, PTT will eventually become an industry standard and there will no longer be a need to have the consumer pay for something exclusive to no one company, but the entire cellular/wireless world.
It's just my opinion, that since just about everyone is using 3g, there should eventually be a way to use PTT universally, especially since it will be on a more common network then iDEN.
- Re: What about when...? by biggshaad