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Cingular Now Offers PTT By The Minute

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Jan 31, 2007, 1:51 PM   by (staff)

Cingular today announced a new pricing structure that will allow subscribers to try Push To Talk (PTT) without having to commit to a month-long unlimited plan. Customers can instead for PTT calls on a per-minute rate of 15 cents. Because PTT sessions don't usually require users to press the end key to stop a call, Cingular will round calls up to 30 seconds if users don't do anything to end it. Users will still need to call or visit Cingular to have their PTT activated on their handset before they can use per-minute or unlimited plans. PTT is currently available on 9 Cingular models and the carrier plans to release additional PTT phones throughout the year. Other carriers that offer pay per use PTT typically charge a small fee for a day of use instead of a per minute charge.

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Jan 31, 2007, 2:12 PM


This is another joke by cingular,ptt seems useless. i rather pay for one days worth of use not per min.
Well anything to get the potential ARPU up, but yeah, who actually benefits from PTT except very few businesses?

Feb 1, 2007, 9:47 AM

Cingular PTT is AWESOME!!... as far as PTT goes...

Cingular's PTT service is far and away better than any other PTT offering from any other wireless carrier (Nextel included).

*The ability to connect with up to 20 PTT contacts at once.
*Being able to see who's available before attempting a PTT call.
*Being able to manage who is able to contact you via PTT and who can't.
*You can use PTT on speaker, in "quiet mode, or via Bluetooth.
*Minimal latency on the initial connection, and virtually none thereafter.
*Versatile PTT phones. No one can touch Cingular's PTT handset line up.

*The only thing keeping Cingular PTT from becoming the standard in the PTT market, it the lack of "durable" handsets.

In conclusion PTT isn't necessarily the most practical way to make a pho...

Jan 31, 2007, 2:48 PM

Cingular = fake PTT

From my understanding of what Cingular's PTT really is, it's almost same process as regular phone call - long delay as well.

Correct me if I'm wrong - I've never used Cingular's PTT service (never will use Cingular either) and am going off what I've heard and read.
The initial connect time averages about 5 seconds but after that there is little or no delay/latency. I believe the in call delay is actually slightly better than that of Nextel.

I wouldn't use a PTT product though...no matter how good it was.
Maybe you should use it before posting comments. I used to have Nextel which was junk in comparision. My employees love the Cingular push to talk as do I. It is so convenient for everyone, especially the feature that allows me to see who is busy an...
Actually, under ideal conditions, the voice over voice PTT solution is actually faster (due to the faster origination and termination of voice calls at least on CDMA).

And yes, the kodiak solution is a regular phone call while Moto iDen is a VOIP c...
i had ptt(samsung d407) the initial connection was around a couple of seconds but after that its about the same as nextel, but much clearer. and it has more options(change your status: available, do not disturb, unavailable[out of service area or phon...
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