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3 Categories of Next-Generation Push-to-Talk (PTT) Devices

In a previous post, we talked about how advancements in technology have brought Push-to-talk (PTT) communication to the next level and introduced a new, broader selection of devices. From rugged devices, to touch screen data devices that are capable of running mobile apps, next-generation PTT offers more choices than ever before.

With so many options available, how do you choose the right next-generation Push-to-talk (PTT) devices for your team? Many businesses that use PTT have employees that have specific needs when it comes to one-touch communications.

Employees that work in the field, in physically demanding jobs need rugged devices that can be dropped without breaking and can endure dirt, dust and extreme temperatures. Other team members in the field might need sturdy devices, but also the versatility of smartphones that allow users to look up directions with GPS, send emails, or take pictures. In the office, ruggedness might not be as important for those employees that need to connect instantly with their colleagues in the field.

The good news is that there are a wide variety of devices designed to meet the unique needs of every member of your team – and they can all connect with each other over PTT. Here’s a guide to the 3 categories of next-generation devices that are available:

PTT devices for the field
Manufacturers like Sonim have developed PTT devices that are built tough, often designed to military-grade specifications, and able to withstand dropping and extreme temperatures in harsh working conditions like on constructions sites. Some models are also intrinsically safe-certified to prevent electrical sparks that can pose a hazard in sensitive and highly flammable environments. If your team works in the field, rugged PTT devices may be ideal.

PTT devices for the office
For your employees that work in the office and may not need the strong, durable design of rugged devices, next-generation PTT is available on a wide range of smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4™ and Apple iPhone 5. All you need is a PTT app and service from your mobile carrier, and you’re ready to connect with just one touch. These devices provide the instant connectivity of PTT along with the mulit-tasking benefits of mobile applications.

PTT devices for any work environment
Team members, like foremen, that work in harsh working conditions on jobsites and need access to multi-tasking tools, can benefit from the versatility and sturdiness of rugged PTT smartphones. These hybrid devices, like the Samsung Galaxy Rugby™ LTE, feature tough exteriors but provide powerful smartphone capabilities that allow users to do more, from anywhere.

What categories of PTT devices are right for your team? Do you need a diverse mix of PTT devices for your team? What do you think of next-generation PTT? Let us know in the comments section below.

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2 responses to “3 Categories of Next-Generation Push-to-Talk (PTT) Devices”

  1. Daniel Kernya says:

    As an OSR, having a Bell exclusive device like the Sonim lineup of phones, makes my job easier as far as account maintenance goes. My customers really enjoy the specs of the phone. Cons: not many; one device with a stuck 10-4 button and a couple complaints on the size and clarity of the screen…it’s going to happen.
    When you can PTT communicate AND edit docs at the same time, all within an encrypted and dedicated network, this makes the customer feel confident and current.

    Daniel Kernya
    Bell OSR

  2. Gary Kirk says:

    We have experrienced in certain areas numerous dropped calls and many frustrations using the Sonim Bolts due to the aggresive call receiving behavior of the phones. Admitting the changes in the lineup may help use in some outlying areas of a Metropolitan or urban center
    price point on plans for some clients should be competitive to existing 10-4 phones for Medium and Enterprise clients..
    It would also be nice to know if Blackberry intends to offer PTT on the 10 platform and when?

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