Sprint, Verizon Race On Push-to-Talk

We’ve had a number of stories about startups working on “push-to-talk” solutions, and it sounds like the other (non-Nextel) carriers are finally getting serious about offering the feature. While it might just be the fact that they’re getting sick of those awful Nextel commercials pitching the feature, I wonder if push-to-talk will start to catch on more widely. Will it eventually work cross-carrier? If so, will it become a sort of “instant messaging” for voice communications over mobile phones. While instant messaging is a shorter, more informal, version of email, push-to-talk could become the same thing for phone calls. Of course, at this point, I’m sure the carriers haven’t even considered the “cross-carrier” question, so it’s unlikely for quite some time.

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