Push to Talk Comes to the iPhone Finally!!
I fondly remember when I had my Nextel i1000 phone. It was a clam shell phone and it was so cool to be able to two-way friends and co-works. It was a fairly quick way to communicate. Well time flew by and if you had a Nextel phone you started noticing newer and cooler phones coming out on other carriers, but the Nextel offerings were terrible to say the least. In 2007 it was with sadness that I left Nextel and switched to Treo 700wx and 2008 to iPhone. I've never forgotten the functionality that it provided me and have waited for a comparable solution.
Well there is not only one but two options for iPhone and Android users.
The first option I found is called HeyTell for iPhone, iPod touch (2nd generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad on the iTunes App Store
HeyTell is free and has some in app purchases for group messaging and other options. The pro with HeyTell is the user interface, the con is that sending a message can be delayed by seconds up to a minute depending if your of 3G or wifi. HeyTell uses phone numbers for id's.
The second option is called TiKL - Touch to Talk for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store
TiKL is also free. The pro with TiKL is that message delivery is instant. It is truly the most like Nextel's two-way. The con is the interface. It needs work in comparison to HeyTells. I posted on TiKL Facebook page and the dev said they are aware and that upgrades and new features will be coming. TiKL uses phone numbers or can use Facebook id's.
Both of the apps allow cross communication with iPhone <--> Android. So in certain respects this is better than Nextel because you can talk to any Android device on any network and I would imagine a Verizon iPhone.
So if you've been missing push-to-talk give these two a try, and if there are other push-to-talk apps out there be sure to let me know.