News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday October 24, 2012.
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Sprint offers multiple phones that have push-to-talk service, but the company today announced that even more devices will gain the ability to connect to PTT through a downloadable Android app. Sprint Direct Connect Now is a new app based on Qualcomm's PTT technology that does not require the Direct Connect hardware button typically associated with Sprint's legacy Nextel network. A virtual button in the app allows customers on select devices to place PTT calls through an Android app.
Direct Connect Now works only on the Kyocera Rise at the moment, but support for the LG Optimus Elite is coming soon. The app enables complete compatibility with Sprint Direct Connect service, so the app will allow users to communicate with standard PTT phones on Sprint's legacy network. Features of the app include:
- 1-to-1 Direct Connect Calls
- Group Connect calls with up to 21 participants
- Send Call Alerts to notify users you wish to talk
- Sync contacts with device address book
- Create favorites for most contact Direct Connect users
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.