In the wake of Sprint winding down on the PTT (Push-To-Talk) iDEN network, AT&T is apparently getting ready to pick up the slack. According to FierceWireless, AT&T will be deploying their enhanced PTT service using voice over IP (VoIP), and will cost a rumored $30 per month.
“AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk is a Voice-over-IP solution,” AT&T spokesperson Mari Melguizo told FierceWireless. “Using AT&T’s IP data network as the backbone for the solution we’re trialing will provide faster connection times and better quality of service. Kodiak’s InstaPoC technology is an advanced PTT service that achieves sub-second call setup times without requiring customization on radio access networks (RANs) or underlying cellular networks.”
When AT&T goes live with the new service there will be at least one BlackBerry smartphone that will be compatible. It is rumored that there will be 6 compatible devices at launch, including Android and BlackBerry, and AT&T is working on expanding the service to other smartphones, tablets, notebook computers and in-vehicle devices.
I am not sure if there really is a demand for PTT services, but I guess AT&T has done the research and thinks there is. Are any of you AT&T customers going to look into this new service? Let us know in the comments.