iPhone Gets Its First-Ever Push-to-Talk Capability

by Christopher Freeburn | June 10, 2013 4:37 pm

AT&T T-Mobile[1]As Sprint (S[2]) shutters its Nextel network, rival AT&T (T[3]) is bringing Nextel’s primary feature[4] to Apple‘s (AAPL[5]) iPhone.

On Monday, the nation’s second largest wireless network announced that it has developed an app that allows iPhone users to use their smartphones like walkie-talkies. The app marks the first time iPhones will get the feature in the U.S., the Associated Press notes.

By tapping a button in the app, users can transmit voice communication to groups of up to 250 users. So called push-to-talk systems are routinely used at construction, logistics and industrial worksites.

AT&T’s new app will only work for corporate customers who sign up for the service and will require additional support to implement.

A number of other phones feature push-to-talk service on networks operated by Sprint, Verizon (VZ[6]) and AT&T.

Last year, Sprint announced that it would cease operation of its Nextel network[7] — acquired during its disastrous 2005 merger with Nextel — by the end of June.

Shares of AT&T climbed more than 1% in Monday morning trading.

  1. [Image]: https://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/A-T-and-T-ATT-9.jpg
  2. S: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=S
  3. T: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=T
  4. bringing Nextel’s primary feature: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TEC_ATT_IPHONE_PUSH_TO_TALK?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-06-10-10-17-35
  5. AAPL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AAPL
  6. VZ: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=VZ
  7. it would cease operation of its Nextel network: https://investorplace.com/2012/05/sprint-gives-date-for-nextel-shutdown/

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