AT&T has announced a new and improved Push To Talk service, called Enhanced PTT. This uses AT&T’s 4G LTE and 3G networks, and provides the “ability to combine PTT services and mobile applications.” Alongside it, the second largest US mobile carrier unveiled two new rugged phones, which obviously support Enhanced PTT.
The first new handset is the Samsung Rugby III, which comes as the successor to the Rugby II released back in 2010. Unlike the Galaxy Rugby Pro and the Rugby Smart (which both run Android), the Rugby III isn’t a smartphone. It’s a flip phone that features a 2.4 inch QVGA internal display, and a 3MP photo camera. The Rugby III is dist proof, waterproof, and shock resistant, and Enhanced PTT customers will be able to get it for free on contract.
The second new device from AT&T is the Sonim XP5560 Bolt, which, according to AT&T, “just might be the world’s toughest phone.” It will be available for $199.99 on contract to Enhanced PTT customers.
AT&T didn’t post photos of the two Enhanced PTT phones.
Enhanced PTT is also compatible with some of AT&T’s current smartphones, including the above-mentioned Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro, plus the Samsung Galaxy S III, Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, BlackBerry Curve 9360, and BlackBerry Bold 9900.
More details on the new service, including pricing and promotions, are available here.