AT&T to launch push-to-talk service nationwide in November

September 17, 2012
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AT&T plans to launch its Enhanced Push-to-Talk service to all of its customers in the U.S. starting in November, according to FierceWireless. AT&T's PPT service has been available for some time now as a testing platform for a few businesses, but the carrier is now looking to spread it to all of its customers around the country.

AT&T confirmed that the PPT service would work on six smartphones, including multiple Android devices that run on Android 2.3 or higher, as well as devices running Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 7. It's also said that the service will work on feature phones running Java, but will lack some of the more advanced features that smartphones will have. More devices will be supported in the future, including a handful of tablets and laptops.

It's said that the service will cost around $30 per month and will use voice over IP technology. It also can be used simultaneously with data and will work internationally. Wi-Fi support will be added in the future once the service has been up and running for a while.

AT&T expanded its testing of the service in June and says that it will offer "great performance, advanced features, integration with mobile apps and interoperability with radio systems." Only time will tell to see if that proves true for its rumored launch in November when more people start using it. However, if you're like most users, Push-to-Talk might not be your first choice when you need to hit up a friend.

[via BGR]


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