MetroPCS and Kodiak Networks have jointly solicited press releases today announcing the launch of a new type of push to talk service.
Kodiak is well-known for its celluar-based push to talk solutions that serve AT&T, US Cellular, and Alltel as well as handset manufacturers. The new service completely dispenses with specialized hardware and software combinations and functions in line with a standard walkie-talkie regardless of handset, and is compared to instant messaging by Kodiak and as a social networking tool by MetroPCS.
The service functions by contacting other wireless or landline subscribers regardless of carrier and sending an invitation to participate in the conference, instructing the requested parties to begin speaking by pressing any key to begin, and releasing to hear the response, which is identical to a dedicated push to talk service.
It also features options similar to instant messaging services such as real-time status indicators and contact lists. The feature is now available from MetroPCS as ChatLINK and unlimited use of the service is $5 a month on top of standard service plan charges.