Fastchat already offering PTT (push-to-talk) in US
Posted on 13-May-2003 20:11
Filed under: News
Chicago-based fastmobile started its push-to-talk service brandes as fastchat in the United States market. Their price plans include a flat-fee option (US$ 9.95) including unlimited instant messages, picture messages and push-to-talk conversations.
Quick and easy, fastchat turns the latest mobile phones into nationwide, in fact virtually worldwide, walkie-talkies. "But push-to-talk is just one feature that fastchat offers." reminds Harry Eschel, fastmobile co-founder and Vice President. "With fastchat, subscribers can also send and receive instant text messages, picture messages, SMS messages, PC-based IM messages and email, both between mobile phones or between mobile phones and PCs." fastchat will allow users to chat/text/pix with their friends or colleagues either individually or among nearly any size group of their contacts.
Available nationwide initially on GSM networks, fastchat service will be extended to CDMA networks in the second half of 2003. fastchat will also give consumers a wide selection of handset styles and manufactures to choose from. First available on standard symbian handsets, fastchat will launch on the Nokia 3650 and SonyEricsson P800 and will be immediately available on the upcoming Symbian handsets announced by manufacturers including Siemens, Samsung and Sendo. In the second half of the year, fastchat will be extended to include suitable BREW and Java handsets, adding manufactures such as Motorola and LG to the line up of mobile phone choices that consumers will have.
Users can be on any GSM network with GPRS service enable, including T-Mobile, AT&T or Cingular. An application is installed on the mobile, and it will use the GPRS connection to send and receive the instant messages, picture messages and even voice conversations.