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  1. #1
    T.Loso
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    Surprise this hasn't been posted yet.


    http://www.americasnetwork.com/ameri...l.jsp?id=66041

    EXCLUSIVE: Sprint PCS pushes instant voice into beta




    August 8, 2003
    By: Kirk Laughlin
    America's Network Weekly





    NEW YORK - Sprint PCS's new push-to-talk solution, Ready Link, entered into
    beta trial this week as the carrier began final preparation for a nationwide
    launch of the service later this year, according to Sprint executives.


    The real-time voice communication service will utilize Voice over IP (VoIP),
    enabling as many as six callers to participate in a single conversation,
    according to Donna Vestuti, a technical applications manager at Sprint PCS,
    who detailed the new service at a wireless conference held here Tuesday by
    the Wall Street Technology Association.


    "Our first client assessments began this week," said Vestuti, who noted the
    upcoming launch will be supported by two new handsets - a flip-phone and a
    ruggedized device.


    Virtually all of the nation's top tier carriers are believed to be
    developing push-to-talk solutions, but Sprint PCS and Verizon Wireless
    appear to be closest to commercialization.


    Industry sources say Verizon Wireless appears likely to introduce the
    service in the next few weeks, followed by Sprint PCS.


    "It doesn't really matter to us whether we are second or third to market. We
    just want to make sure we get our nationwide push-to-talk right," said
    SprintPCS spokesperson Dan Wilinksy. Nextel, currently the nation's only
    push-to-talk provider, recently upgraded its Direct Connect service to
    enable instantaneous voice connections across the country.


    Nextel executives have repeatedly charged that rival carriers will not be
    able to match the performance of Direct Connect, which is used by 90% of
    Nextel's subscriber base of 13 million users. They say that "hang time", or
    the period between activating a connection and actually making the
    connection, will be noticeably longer among competitors.


    At this point, SprintPCS is not revealing any details about performance.
    "We're not going to get into a war of claims with any carrier," said
    Wilinksy. Although Nextel's push-to-talk solution has thrived in field
    service, construction and other vertical industries, SprintPCS and other
    carriers are hopeful that the service will successfully cross-over into the
    mobile mainstream. "We believe there is a market for a circle of friends and
    family," said Wilinksy.







    See More: Sprint PCS PTT




  2. #2
    Rich Cacace
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    Re: Sprint PCS PTT

    It'll be interesting to see if it's out by the end of the year or if they'll
    get into a lawsuit with Nextel about some technicality.

    "T.Loso" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Surprise this hasn't been posted yet.
    >
    >
    >

    http://www.americasnetwork.com/ameri...Detail.jsp?id=
    66041
    >
    > EXCLUSIVE: Sprint PCS pushes instant voice into beta
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > August 8, 2003
    > By: Kirk Laughlin
    > America's Network Weekly
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > NEW YORK - Sprint PCS's new push-to-talk solution, Ready Link, entered

    into
    > beta trial this week as the carrier began final preparation for a

    nationwide
    > launch of the service later this year, according to Sprint executives.
    >
    >
    > The real-time voice communication service will utilize Voice over IP

    (VoIP),
    > enabling as many as six callers to participate in a single conversation,
    > according to Donna Vestuti, a technical applications manager at Sprint

    PCS,
    > who detailed the new service at a wireless conference held here Tuesday by
    > the Wall Street Technology Association.
    >
    >
    > "Our first client assessments began this week," said Vestuti, who noted

    the
    > upcoming launch will be supported by two new handsets - a flip-phone and a
    > ruggedized device.
    >
    >
    > Virtually all of the nation's top tier carriers are believed to be
    > developing push-to-talk solutions, but Sprint PCS and Verizon Wireless
    > appear to be closest to commercialization.
    >
    >
    > Industry sources say Verizon Wireless appears likely to introduce the
    > service in the next few weeks, followed by Sprint PCS.
    >
    >
    > "It doesn't really matter to us whether we are second or third to market.

    We
    > just want to make sure we get our nationwide push-to-talk right," said
    > SprintPCS spokesperson Dan Wilinksy. Nextel, currently the nation's only
    > push-to-talk provider, recently upgraded its Direct Connect service to
    > enable instantaneous voice connections across the country.
    >
    >
    > Nextel executives have repeatedly charged that rival carriers will not be
    > able to match the performance of Direct Connect, which is used by 90% of
    > Nextel's subscriber base of 13 million users. They say that "hang time",

    or
    > the period between activating a connection and actually making the
    > connection, will be noticeably longer among competitors.
    >
    >
    > At this point, SprintPCS is not revealing any details about performance.
    > "We're not going to get into a war of claims with any carrier," said
    > Wilinksy. Although Nextel's push-to-talk solution has thrived in field
    > service, construction and other vertical industries, SprintPCS and other
    > carriers are hopeful that the service will successfully cross-over into

    the
    > mobile mainstream. "We believe there is a market for a circle of friends

    and
    > family," said Wilinksy.
    >
    >
    >
    >






  3. #3
    Elizabeth Jones
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    Re: Sprint PCS PTT

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Rich Cacace <richcacace-REMOVE TO [email protected]> wrote:
    >It'll be interesting to see if it's out by the end of the year or if they'll
    >get into a lawsuit with Nextel about some technicality.
    >


    The technology is completely different. There isn't a ghost of
    a chance of such a thing happening.

    --
    Ebeth Jones
    "She was not quite what you would call refined.
    She was not quite what you would call unrefined.
    She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot." Mark Twain



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