Issue #2003 - 06
INFRASTRUCTURE, PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Verizon Wireless Plans Nextel-like
Verizon Wireless plans to offer a "push to talk" service for cell phones in the next few months, Verizon Chief Executive Officer Dennis Strigl said this week.
Nextel Communications is, so far, the only U.S. carrier to offer the service, which lets subscribers reach others by pushing a button on the side of the phone, rather than dialing a telephone number.
With his comments at this week's Legg Mason Telecom Conference 2003, Strigl has put Verizon Wireless and Sprint PCS in a horse race to be next to offer the service. Sprint PCS also intends to introduce a push-to-talk feature very soon, company President Len Lauer said recently.
"I heard Len Lauer say he would have a push-to-talk feature this year," Strigl said at the conference. "I will tell you that is also in our plans"
Push-to-talk has become Nextel's most popular feature. Nextel subscribers make more of these walkie-talkie conversations than traditional phone calls, Nextel Chief Technology Officer Barry West said. Nextel Communications began licensing the technology behind the service to handset makers and wireless carriers last year.
Like Strigl, Lauer recently announced an intent to offer a push-to-talk service, but he did not provide any more details.
Source: Cnet and Verizon
For more information: http://www.cnet.com
MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: Push2Talk's
time has come. Expect more announcements from everybody during the
next 12-18 months. Nextel will continue to have an edge in certain
vertical industries like public safety and public sector - utilities
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