AT&T launches push-to-talk service for Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S

AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk (EPTT) is now available to AT&T business customers through a new app available for iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S. This marks the first time a U.S. carrier is offering push-to-talk capabilities on iPhone.

In addition, AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk can now be used over Wi-Fi, giving U.S.-based customers improved in-building coverage and access to the service via compatible Wi-Fi networks. AT&T operates the U.S.’s largest Wi-Fi network, including more than 32,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots.

“Across industries such as manufacturing, engineering, hospitality, construction and government, organizations need instant communications in challenging environments,” said Mike Troiano, Vice President, Advanced Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions, in a statement. “From the start, AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk was designed specifically for AT&T’s speedy 4G LTE networks and now we are offering even more devices so our business customers can communicate faster and to larger talk groups.”

IDC analyst John Weber recently wrote, “The performance of AT&T’s EPTT service was comparable to traditional mobile voice services,” and that, “With many mobile workers working within the four walls of the enterprise, building in Wi-Fi functionality is an important element to consider.”

Key features of AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk for iPhone include:

• Larger contact lists and talk groups than competitive push-to-talk solutions
• Ability to combine push-to-talk services and mobile applications, with help available from AT&T’s team of mobility consulting and integration experts
• Supervisory override that allows supervisors to communicate important time sensitive messages to their team
• Call setup in less than one second

To learn more about AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk, contact your AT&T sales representative.

Source: AT&T Inc.

11 Comments

    1. It can be annoying if you’re in the room with it, but calling and push-to-talk aren’t the same things. Calling can take much longer than asking a question and getting the answer via push-to-talk. For certain business applications, push-to-talk is a great business tool, superior to making a call.

    2. I know how annoying it is, and I thought that too. Yet, PTT can be very helpful when you have people you work with that you need to communicate with instantly (like where I used to work, we had people in the field or other parts of the ground, and instead of walking all over the place looking for them, this made it easy to communicate necessary information immediately).

  1. It’s an App. Why all the negativity? You can use it or leave it. No one is pushing you to talk (pun intended).

    I can see all the presidents security men in black using it.

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