Top Trending: 10 Horrible Habits That Destroy Your Happiness

Global Appeal

Connecting the world with the push of a button
  • ---Shares
This story appears in the September 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »
Reader Resource

Apply now to be an Entrepreneur 360™ company. Let us tell the world your success story. Get Started »

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery-and the clearest validation of a business idea. Nextel Communications' Direct Connect walkie-talkie service is doing so well that larger carriers want a piece of the premium-subscriber pie. Sprint PCS and Verizon Wireless are anxious to let everyone know they'll offer push-button phoning sometime this year, although they're hazy on the details. All carriers plan to have it by 2004.


Men use their cell phones
14%
more than women do.
SOURCE: Cingular Wireless

Meanwhile, Nextel's Direct Connect recently went nationwide, enabling a subscriber in Hawaii to push a button and hook up with a buddy in Maine. Originally limited to a caller's hometown, coverage has been gradually expanded with the strengthening of Motorola's iDEN network.

Sprint and Verizon say they'll have coast-to-coast walkie-talkie service at launch but can't point to field trials. AT&T Wireless, which plans a handset agnostic version of the service next year, starts testing in December. With established demand for it, you can expect some level of push-to-talk service from every provider next year. A voice version of instant messaging, it apparently speaks to our need for instant communication gratification. Long term, most providers envision walkie-talkie service going global.

Edition: May 2017

Get the Magazine

Limited-Time Offer: 1 Year Print + Digital Edition and 2 Gifts only $9.99
Subscribe Now
OK

This website uses cookies to allow us to see how our website and related online services are being used. By continuing to use this website, you consent to our cookie collection. More information about how we collect cookies is found here.