It's not too terribly difficult to find a new unlocked phone for sale, but many of the deals that come across our desks commonly only run on GSM networks, leaving a lot to be desired for the CDMA users of the world. Today, though, you're in luck. Motorola is currently selling an unlocked version of the Moto G7 with Alexa Push-to-Talk support for as low as $129.99 ($70 off) on Amazon. Read More
Sprint has been marketing push-to-talk functionality (a walkie-talkie style function that's popular with business users) since long before Android came into being. Though the feature isn't nearly as common as it once was, Sprint seems ready to keep it going with an update to the official Android app. The Direct Connect service is now compatible with a handful of new phones, most notably headliners like the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, and LG G2.
The new LG G Flex and Optimus F3Q get to join in, along with the ruggedized Kyocera Hydra Edge. To access Direct Connect, Sprint customers will have to have a plan that supports it (or a surcharge to a more basic plan), then download the Direct Connect app from the Play Store. Read More
Speak softly and carry a big user base. It doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but that might as well be the unofficial motto of WhatsApp. The cross-platform messaging service has been quietly spreading over the last couple of years, coming to every major mobile platform and gaining over 300 million active monthly users, according to AllThingsD. What's next for the quiet revolution? Voice communication.
Well, sort of - it's more like a short voicemail message, not a live two-way conversation. But the hook is that it's free, like the WhatsApp apps and its SMS-style service. (Users get a year-long free trial, then it's just a $.99-per-year subscription.) Today Push-to-talk messages have been enabled for all versions of the app on all platforms, allowing connected users to talk to each other with only the connection cost in their way. Read More
If you've been clinging steadfastly to one of the tiny number of iDEN Android phones ever produced, you better have backup plan. Sprint shut off the old Nextel iDEN network yesterday (June 30th) just like it said it would. That juicy Nextel spectrum will be worth much more to Sprint as the backbone of its ever-expanding LTE network. Sprint is still happy to take you money, but only if you use the CDMA/LTE network.
Sprint has clarified the situation for anyone still rocking a Nextel device today. Basically, it's broke:
- Your Nextel (iDEN) devices no longer can make calls, including 9-1-1 calls
- Your Nextel (iDEN) lines have been cancelled
- Your Nextel (iDEN) phone number(s) will be lost and you cannot move that number to another carrier.
The weird, yet durable, Casio Android phone bearing probably the worst name in the history of Android devices, G'zOne Commando (oh, wait, the XYBOARD and Rezound win that trophy), is set to receive an update to software version C771M100. The update brings free Push-to-Talk capabilities along with security fixes and other things you may not necessarily care about.
You can find the full changelog for this update, which weighs around 37MB, below:
Verizon Wireless is pleased to announce a new software update, C771M100, for your Casio® G’zOne Commando.
Verizon Wireless and Casio encourage you to download this update.
- Push to Talk is now available at no additional monthly charge.