AT&T has announced the availability of two push-to-talk capable devices, the Samsung Rugby III and the Sonim XP5560 Bolt. Both handsets are available as of now. The Samsung Rugby III is free on a two-year agreement and the Zonim XP5560 Bolt will be $199, also on a two-year agreement.
These device announcements come along with new of AT&T’s Enhanced Push-to-Talk network, which also launched today. The Enhanced Push-to-Talk (PTT) service will be available for businesses and organizations and is said to allow customers to communicate faster and to larger talk groups. Perhaps more important for those who rely on PTT, the Enhanced Push-to-Talk service is designed for 4G LTE which means it should be around for some time now. Some of the key features of the Enhanced PTT network include;
- Larger contact lists and talk groups than competitive PTT solutions
- Ability to combine PTT services and mobile applications, with help from AT&T’s team of mobility consulting and integration experts
- Access to the nation’s largest 4G network
- Supervisory override and talk group scanning, features that were previously available only for two-way radio users
- Sub-second call setup
Otherwise, getting back to the handsets. The Rugby III is a rugged designed flip phone with a 2.4-inch QVGA display and 3 megapixel camera. The Rugby III is certified to military specifications (810G) which means it is waterproof, dust proof and shock resistant. As far as the Sonim XP5560 Bolt, this is also a rugged handset. In fact, AT&T touts this one as being an “ultra-rugged device.” In simpler terms, the XP5560 Bolt will be able to handle drops from higher than six feet onto concrete and submersion in water for 30 minutes.
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