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

Shawn Knight

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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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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.


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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.


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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.


What other providers did at the time of Nextel was provide Free mobile-to-mobile calling to counteract Nextel. Well it still exists today.