Sonim Technologies commercially launched a push-to-talk-over-cellular system in The Netherlands, enabling KPN to offer its customers walkie-talkie options. Nokia and Ericsson also are supporters of PoC.
Sprint Nextel'sBoost Mobile has rolled out a GPS-enabled Motorola flip phone that is compatible with its walkie-talkie service. The i776 comes with a range of multimedia features and is Boost's smallest flip phone to date that is equipped with a camera.
Sprint Nextel will introduce up to six new walkie-talkie handsets in 2008 featuring QChat technology from Qualcomm. Sprint has high expectations for the technology, as the company has struggled to maintain its iDen clients since buying Nextel in 2005, according to this article.
AirG inked a deal to make its Red Light Lounge mobile community available over Virgin Mobile Canada's network. The Lounge touts instant messaging, picture sharing, blogging and other features that combine to provide a social-networking tool for wireless customers.
Verizon Wireless is rolling out its upgraded wireless broadband network in Pittsburgh. Sprint Nextel plans to launch its WiMAX-based service in the city later this year, while AT&T's Cingular plans to introduce wireless broadband there before the close of 2007.