Push-To-Talk for GPRS

Nextel has been able to differentiate itself from the rest of the pack with its iDen-based push-to-talk feature. It’s helped Nextel go after business users – and with their support of youth oriented MVNO Boost Mobile, we’ll see if the kids like it. But their days of push-to-talk exclusivity might be numbered. Sprint and Qualcomm are already working on a similar feature for CDMA and now start-up Sonim has a solution for GSM/GPRS networks. Their system goes beyond the Nextel offering by allowing real-time connections as well as store-and-forward. In Europe they are marketing the latter as “voice-originated SMS.” I think this might be a problem, because Euro carriers are betting big on MMS and that should allow you to record and send voice messages directly to other MMS handsets.

Filed Under:

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...