AT&T Launches PTT Service (11/13/12)
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | Comments

AT&T launched its enhanced push-to-talk (PTT) service for businesses, directly targeting Sprint Nextel’s iDEN customers. The carrier announced the service in September.

“AT&T Enhanced PTT is designed for 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) from the get-go, while others are still deploying PTT services on legacy CDMA and iDEN networks,” the company said in a statement.

AT&T announced three new rugged devices for the service, which also runs on BlackBerry devices. An AT&T statement said the key features of AT&T Enhanced PTT include:

• Larger contact lists and talk groups than competitive PTT solutions

• Ability to combine PTT services and mobile applications

• Access to the carrier’s 4G network

• Supervisory override and talk group scanning

• Sub-second call setup

Two different rate plans are available, one for $5 per month when added to existing AT&T voice and data plans. The second is $30 per month for a PTT-only rate plan with no voice or non-PTT data included. Both plans include unlimited PTT, and data used by the Enhanced PTT application will not count against the customer’s monthly data totals or incur pay-per-use charges.

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