Two of the nation's four major wireless carriers have recently updated their push-to-talk offerings, an indication that the service still has a loyal group of core users who prefer walkie-talkie-type conversations to plain old phone calls. But it's clear that PTT is no longer the hot-button topic it has been in years past.
AT&T Mobility appears to be preparing to take its Enhanced Push-to-Talk offering nationwide in November. The action could position AT&T to more effectively capture Sprint Nextel's remaining iDEN subscribers due to Sprint's decision to shutter its iDEN network by next year.
Apple said it sold 2 million iPhones 5s via pre-orders within the first 24 hours of availability, double the number of iPhone 4S units it sold in the same amount of time last year.
Demand for Apple's iPhone 5 is riding high if the amount of pre-orders the company received this morning is to be believed. Apple ran out of stock for pre-orders in about an hour and is now telling customers on its website that iPhone 5s ordered now will ship in two weeks.
Apple's iPhone 5 will not support simultaneous voice and data transmissions for CDMA customers on Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel, but will do so for AT&T Mobility customers, according to Apple and the carriers.
Apple's iPhone 5 launch has dominated the mobile world since it was unveiled Wednesday, and justifiably a lot of attention is being paid to its larger screen, faster processor, inclusion of LTE and lack of NFC. However, Apple's biggest coup in this announcement was its decision to make the iPhone 4 free when paired with a two-year contract.
Although Apple's iPhone 5 could push more wireless users onto LTE networks, there appears to be little change in the LTE roaming situation in the United States.
Apple took the wraps off its new iPhone 5, and in doing so offered precious few surprises. But if analyst forecasts are to be believed, the iPhone 5 will sell in enormous volumes in the weeks after its release Sept 21. Some expect Apple to sell as many as 10 million iPhone 5s in the first few days after the device goes on sale, which would make the launch the world's biggest for a phone. Thus, it's worth evaluating exactly how the iPhone will affect each of the nation's major and minor carriers.
Sprint Nextel will use its unlimited data plan to gain a competitive edge in the race to attract customers with iPhone 5, which supports LTE.
Apple added LTE connectivity to its iconic iPhone for the first time, and will give Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint Nextel versions of the device that run on their respective LTE networks.