Sprint’s Direct Connect walkie talkie service is no longer limited to a few specialized phones. Sprint is bringing push-to-talk to several new smartphones in an effort to recapture some of Nextel’s old glory.
So what’s Opscode founder Jesse Robbins up to? His startup OnBeep appears to be working on ways to enable smart phones to pull double duty as walkie-talkie devices often used by first responders and blue-collar workers.
Sprint’s Nextel has always been the king of push-to-talk services, but the king is on its deathbed. AT&T hopes to capitalize on its demise with a new PTT app for its most popular smartphone.
Sprint plans to shutter its old Nextel iDEN systems for good next summer, but before it can do so it needs to migrate millions of customers still using the network. In January, Sprint will start charing a $10 monthly fee to Nextel iDEN customers.