Push-to-talk over cellular standardized

Jun 21 2006 - 12:32 PM ET | Push-to-talk

A standard for push-to-talk over cellular (PoC) has been approved. The Open Mobile Alliance made the announcement at CommunicAsia this week. With a cross-carrier standard in place it should be possible to have PoC conversations span carriers, something today that isn't possible. Billing will have to be worked out though, a non-trivial piece of the puzzle.

The OMA expects most carriers to adopt the standard, though Nextel will be a notable exception. Once Nextel moves to CDMA, insiders expect the company will use a PTT solution called QChatthat's provided by Qualcomm.

Members of the OMA include Nokia, Motorola, Lucent Technologies, Qualcomm, Vodafone Group, T-Mobile International, and Cingular Wireless.

[via PhoneScoop]