U.S. Cellular Intros PTT

U.S. Cellular introduces SpeedTalk PTT service

July 8, 2005

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CHICAGO -- U.S. Cellular today introduced SpeedTalk, a service that enables cell phones to function as "walkie-talkies" between groups of two or up to 20 people simultaneously. SpeedTalk is U.S. Cellular's first "press-to-talk" product and operates over the company's highly regarded digital network.

"Press to talk has been around for several years, and today is most popular among contractors and delivery services," said Alan D. Ferber, U.S. Cellular vice president of marketing and sales operations. "Its greatest limitation has always been its lack of reliability everywhere mobile users go. But combining the latest technology with our extensive network gives SpeedTalk the potential to be a huge success with families -- including teenagers."

SpeedTalk operates on U.S. Cellular's all-digital network, so it is extremely reliable, even in most buildings and homes. The higher call quality, smaller handsets and unlimited minutes provided by SpeedTalk now mean that press-to-talk functionality will go mainstream. "A lot of calls are made just to relay simple pieces of information -- a date or time, a location, a name or a number," Ferber said. "SpeedTalk provides all the value of voice with the speed of instant messaging, and you can even speak to entire groups instantly."

U.S. Cellular Corp.

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