Verizon resurrects push-to-talk with new business-minded service

By Shawn Knight
Aug 8, 2014
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  1. Nextel popularized the walkie-talkie style push-to-talk communications concept well over a decade ago. The technology found a heavy following in the business world but ultimately fizzled out into irrelevancy as modern-day smartphones gained prominence.

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  2. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 344   +101

    What I'm wondering really is, how many here would actually use it? It was a very useful thing, and a good way of getting someone's attention too. Now people are just glued to the screen, texting and walking while they ignore traffic too.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,339   +1,938

    I dunno. Push-to-talk had it's day in the sun. If resurrected it'll probably only appeal to a very select market. It reminds of the days back in the 70's and early 80's where we all had CB radios fitted to our cars.
  4. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    Nextel was fun cell phone, yeah push button was a lot better prior to texting. Still people are texting and driving. Funny the Depty Sheriff the other day didn't pull over the girl texting while driving. Here it's a law if they catch you doing that.
  5. What other providers did at the time of Nextel was provide Free mobile-to-mobile calling to counteract Nextel. Well it still exists today.

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