By TWICE Staff On May 21 2012 - 4:01am
Sprint Plans PTT App
NEW ORLEANS —
Sprint plans an
Android app that will expand the carrier’s
Direct Connect push-to-talk (PTT)
service beyond phones equipped with
built-in PTT technology.
During CTIA Wireless 2012,
Sprint product development VP
Fared Adib said the app, due
“soon,” would perform similarly to
Sprint CDMA phones with a dedicated
The app-based PTT service is expected
to be fully interoperable with
its existing CDMA- and iDEN-based
First NFC Phone
WARREN, N.J. –
brand Virgin Mobile launch its first
cellphone equipped with Nearfield
Communications (NFC) and NFCbased
Google Wallet technology.
The 3G LG Optimus Elite Android
phone became available at $149 on
With Wallet-enabled phones, users
pay for purchases by tapping on
a compatible contactless terminal at
participating merchants. Sprint offers
postpaid phones with the technology.
Sprint Adds LTE Phone
OVERLAND PARK, KAN. –
announced May 18 availability of its
third LTE smartphone, the Android
4.0 HTC Evo 4G LTE.
Presales started May 7. The pricing
is still $199.
The new phone joins two other
recently release LTE phones, the
$99 LG Viper and $199 Samsung
Galaxy Nexus, oth with Android 4.0.
The new HTC device is thinner
and offers more battery life than its
HTC 3G predecessor.
Magellan Adds PNDs
SANTA CLARA, CALIF. —
updated its RoadMate line of
portable navigation devices (PNDs)
with seven new models, which are
the company’s first with Landmark
Guidance, Traffic Camera Alerts,
Best Parking, and Junction View.
Prices on the seven new models
range from $99 to $169. Additional
PNDs will be announced in June or
Screen sizes range from 4.3 to 5
inches. In 4.3-inch models, the $109
model gets lifetime traffic alerts, and the
$139 model gets lifetime map updates.
The $149 model gets both. In 5-inch
models, the $149 model gets lifetime
map updates, and the two $169 models
get that and lifetime traffic updates.