Treo 680 to Receive Push To Talk Capability?
Rumor: The Boy Genius Report, is reporting that the recently-released Cingular Treo 680 is going to receive a software update to enable Push-to-Talk functionality. Push-to-talk, usually abbreviated to PTT, is a "Walkie Talkie" mode for cellular telephones similar to Nextel's Direct Connect system. No date is given in the article for the availability of this update.
To date, Cingular has lagged Verizon and Sprint/Nextel on offering PTT services and compatible devices. However, with the increased rollout of their new HSDPA network in 2007, Cingular are likely looking to utilize a trickle-down method of initially rolling out PTT on their higher-end smartphone and data-centric devices such as the 8525, BlackBerry Pearl, and Treo 680.
The Treo formfactor already has a powerful speakerphone and a programmable "smart" button on the side of the telephone that would be perfectly suitable for PTT applications. A PTT update would also go a long way toward appeasing some of the Treo users on Cingular frustrated by the lack of wi-fi capabilities on their devices. The only potential drawback to grafting PTT functionality onto the 680 would be a reduction of the already limited battery life.
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