AT&T Introduces Enhanced Push-to-Talk for Apple’s iPhone

AT&T announced Monday that its Enhanced Push-to-Talk (EPTT) feature is now available to AT&T business customers through a new app available for iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S.

According to Monday’s announcement, this marks the first time a U.S. carrier is offering push-to-talk capabilities on the iPhone.

AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk can even be used over Wi-Fi now, representing yet another first.

AT&T operates the U.S.’s largest Wi-Fi network, including more than 32,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots.

“Across industries such as manufacturing, engineering, hospitality, construction and government, organizations need instant communications in challenging environments,” says Mike Troiano, Vice President of Advanced Mobility Solutions at AT&T Business Solutions. “From the start, AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk was designed specifically for AT&T’s speedy 4G LTE networks and now we are offering even more devices so our business customers can communicate faster and to larger talk groups.”

According to IDC analyst John Weber, “The performance of AT&T’s EPTT service was comparable to traditional mobile voice services,” and that, “With many mobile workers working within the four walls of the enterprise, building in Wi-Fi functionality is an important element to consider.”