AT&T is pushing its push-to-talk services expected to be commercially available this November.
AT&T Enhanced PTT will offer quick calling and group talking mobile apps, smartphones and 4G LTE. Push-to-Talk allows the phone to act as walkie-talkie and also as GPS tracking device for employers. Push to Talk calls can be made to one person or to a group of people.
Current choices of PTT devices include the Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Rugby Smart, Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, BlackBerry Curve 9360 and BlackBerry Bold 990. Companies that pre-register can get up to $100 off compatible smartphones.
With AT&T Enhanced PTT services, businesses and organizations of all sizes will have these expected features:
- Call up to 250 people with the push of a button.
- See who's available to talk immediately with AT&T Enhanced PTT's presence indicators.
- Download the AT&T Enhanced PTT client to compatible mobile devices, without any special configuration.
- Allow supervisors to override PTT calls in order to communicate important, time-sensitive messages to their teams.
- Use mobile applications, GPS or cameras on their phones during PTT calls.
- Choose from up to six different handset options at launch.
Future plans for the AT&T's Enhanced PTT solution include dispatching software for businesses that need to direct employees to specific places at specific times. A taxicab company, for instance, could use the location-aware dispatch application to determine which driver is closest to a pickup location, and then call the driver over PTT.
Organizations that simply can't wait until November to start using AT&T Enhanced PTT can sign up now.
AT&T also offers Enhanced PTT charter program for organizations that want to evaluate the solution before registering.