Tech: How Pushy Are You?

No longer just for businesses, push-to-talk phones are heading your way

If you or someone you love carries a Nextel mobile phone, you know the chirp. For years Nextel has been the only national carrier with "push to talk" service. Rather than place calls and having to dial all those numbers, users can chat with each other walkie-talkie style, coast to coast. To initiate a conversation, you press a button on the side of your phone, which sends an attention-getting chirp to your buddy's phone. In recent weeks, Sprint PCS and Verizon Wireless have introduced their own push-to-talk phones.

Even though Nextel developed push to talk for business use, it's the off-peak...

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