ATLANTA (Dec. 5, 2005) Cingular is enhancing the way businesses and consumers communicate as it introduces a next generation Push to Talk (PTT) service. The service will operate across the largest Push to Talk coverage area in America, and brings a host of new, unmatched features including:
By integrating walkie-talkie and traditional cellular technology, Cingular provides a refined PTT service that can be used by families, executives or employees at job sites. With one click a PTT user can access their list of individuals and groups and see who is available and who is not. One more click and they are instantly speaking to the person or the whole group (up to 20 people). If a quick PTT call turns into a longer discussion, simply convert the call to cellular. In addition, the service offers:
?Cingular is taking the walkie-talkie service that is so important to blue-collar workers and adding wireless features to make it just as valuable in the white-collar world,? said Joe Lueckenhoff, vice president of business services for Cingular. ?The flexibility of converting a call to cellular, letting people know your availability and quickly conferencing groups together, gives business users a real alternative to how they currently use PTT.?
?Cingular took their time and got it right. The company recognizes that Push-to-talk is just the jumping off point for adding a series of value added voice services that will appeal to both existing PTT customers as well as an entirely new set of customers,? said Andrew Seybold, president of Outlook 4Mobility, a well-known consultancy firm. ?Value added voice services, including PTT will provide them with a competitive edge across many different market segments. I expect that teens, who prefer to talk in groups, will quickly adopt this PTT service as their own form of voice instant messaging.?
Cingular offers unlimited PTT service features to meet the needs of consumers and businesses. These features offer unlimited minutes, national coverage and no hidden charges for group or national calls. Consumers on a Cingular Nation Plan can add service for $9.99 a month per line. Those on Family Plans can select a $19.99 feature that gives up to five family members on the account unlimited access to the service. Businesses can add a PTT service option to each line of service for $9.99 per month.
Cingular will launch the service with two handsets 'the Samsung d357 and the LG F7200. Cingular customers who sign up for the PTT service can opt for the LG F7200 'slider? phone currently being promoted at buy one for $69.99 get the second free or the Samsung d357 currently being promoted at buy one for $99.99 get the second free. In addition to PTT features, the phones offer IM, SMS, MMS, personal organizer, large color screen and access to a variety of wireless data services. Additional phones and devices will be available in the near future.
Cingular Push to Talk, which is powered by the Kodiak Real-Time Exchange™ (RTX) System, is currently available over the Cingular ALLOVERSM network, which covers more than 270 million people. In addition to providing the broadest coverage of any PTT service, Cingular said it would begin offering International PTT in 2006.