Fancy Having a Walkie-Talkie? Verizon Adds Push-to-Talk Feature to Android Phones

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  1. dgstorm

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    It looks like Verizon wants to share their new push-to-talk (walkie-talkie style) technology to more customers. They have added the feature/service to a number of Android devices.

    Obviously this tech works better for small businesses, but its applications could be handy elsewhere as well. Big Red is offering a free six-month trial for the service which will eventually cost $5 per month. Here's a quote with the full details,


     
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    Gosh darn hipsters.

    I guess someone has to replace the PTT market Nextel served. For construction workers at the company my uncle works at, they depended on PTT because it was more reliable than two-way radios.

    Pretty neat indeed, but is it all software? Or are they like Nextel phones and have PTT hardware!?
     
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    Aren't there already a number of apps like this?
     
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    There are, but they aren't convenient as they are apps. You have to turn on phone, turn on app, select contact, talk. Compared to walkie talkie they lose big.
     
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    Also having an app by itself for a deployment that large will not likely to be robust enough to support the user base. Having dedicated hardware and services on the carrier's network will make the experience better.
     
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