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push to talk mobiles in UK

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  1. matt bellamy

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    hi,

    I've been reading about the new Push-to-talk technolgy and the Nokia 5140 in particular and have a few questions:

    1. Which UK operators (if any) support push-to-talk?
    2. Do you need a contract or will it work with pay as you go?
    3. How much does it cost to use the push-to-talk feature?


    Thanks :)
     
  2. EnigmaCode

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    1. none
    2. see 1.
    3. see 1.
     
  3. matt bellamy

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    Any idea when it will be available in uk?
     
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    i've not heard any rumour of it ever coming to the UK
     
  5. dodgyd

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    I hope it doesn't come here...ever.
    Imagine how annoying it will be to hear every SMS spoken out by someone who thinks they are using a walky talky :boring: PTT took off in the US because SMS didn't take off quite as well for some reason.
    Dave.
     
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    OK, probably a silly question, but what is push to talk?
     
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    Ever used a walky talky as a kid? That's push to talk (PTT).

    As in:

    "I'm by the swings, where are you?"

    "Near the slide, I can see you"

    "Cool"

    :rolleyes:
    Dave.
    PS To be fair, it's not limited in range like conventional walky talky.
     
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    So is it just a gimick, or is a a good feature? I just cant see the benifit of using it myself :)
     
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    I can't think of many times that a spoken short message will be preferable to a conventional SMS. Background noise, privacy are just two reasons that would make me use SMS instead. I see it as purely a fun feature for kids. Then again, SMS became a huge hit after being popular with early adoptors like me for many years before most people even knew what a text message was!

    I just know that I won't use it.

    Dave.
     
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    Only time will tell, but it's going to be difficult to break the SMS habit that is inbedded into our society. The US didn't seem to get the SMS thing like Europe did. Now I understand certain UK operators will offer PTT services early 2006. Both are massive cash cows for operators in their respective countries so it's win-win for operators. There was a recent episode of The Gadget Show that discussed this is some detail. I can't imagine sending abusive messages to my colleagues during boring meetings using PTT, like I do with SMS :)
     

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