TELUS launches Link, the LTE-powered push-to-talk network


  • thisiscjay

    Interesting enough, I had a few colleagues recently who had speculated how increased interest in IM services such as BBM/WhatsApp would benefit from such a feature. I will follow this development closely..

  • iphoneee’s bro

    Lol. says the guy with the same name.

    • thomas nguyen

      This right here is Just-In-Credible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Liberal Phone Person

      you’re all Justin Sane

  • Techie01

    its Nextel “chrip” that went out with Motorola Flip phones…Next, seems like a Waste of VoLTE bandwidth.

  • jones19876

    Push to talk, I’m having some serious Nextel déjà-vu from a decade ago.

  • Curtis8

    “Link is ostensibly compatible with all operating systems, including iOS, Android, and BlackBerry 7 devices, with BB10 support coming soon”

    “all operating systems”, ha! Where is Windows Phone?

  • gmd

    What will happen to the extensive MIKE network, with towers coast to coast? Will they flip over to HSPA? Will this affect the agreement with Bell?

    • 2dfx

      Bell never had anything to do with iDEN

    • marorun1982

      They will be switch to HSPA/LTE Tower.

  • jtl999

    Push to talk smartphones? I don’t understand the concept. Could someone explain it to me?

    • Plazmic Flame

      Me too, I would like to know. Seems like it is primarily for people working outdoors like construction, electrical or the guy climbing cell towers.

      “Hey Bob! Do I put blue to blue or blue to yellow?!”

    • jtl999

      I think I saw PTT phones or walkie talkies on a video of a guy climbing phone towers for Telus on Bowen Island.

    • marorun1982

      Well even in construction company they have boss and supervisor who need access to email and smartphone capacity just so you know.

  • Owen Finn

    You mean “grammatical errors”.

  • Matt Welke

    Can’t this be accomplished with an app?

    • marorun1982

      Yes but with various degree of success and stability.
      Provider solutions are usually more stable.

  • Bojan Rakita

    I don’t understand use of this , if you have LTE coverage, why not use apps like Skype, or any other VOIP-like app to talk with someone on-site. PTT is dead technology in my view, but I might be wrong.

    • Matt mitchell

      One to one communication could be done with a phone call. But one to many communications like a team working to position something on a job site benefit from the multiple contacts available with PTT. (“Sarah lower it some more… Joe, are we clear on the north side? Randi- What’s the clearance. Are we lined up yet?…)

    • Bojan Rakita

      Hmmm with IMS solution around corner and RCS VOLTE, I still can’t understand it…