Prip: A push-to-talk walkie-talkie service for Android now, iPhone soon

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Messages and phone calls are great but sometimes you want or need simple instant voice communication. That’s where push-to-talk or PTT services come into play and thanks to Prip software, you can add PTT to your Android(s goog) device. The application, freely available in the Google Play store, works on devices running Android 2.3 or later and comes with a free one-month trial. After that, you’ll need to pony up $7.99 a month to continue the walkie-talkie fun.

Prip on AndroidI’ve seen a number of similar services in the past but they never seemed to attract a market due to hardware constraints or other challenges. Prip, a product of NII Holdings(s nihd) just might buck the trend because it works on a vast number of Android smartphones and tablets. The service works over your standard data connection; either cellular or Wi-Fi. Best of all is that Prip was developed by Motorola, which has a history with the technology, most recently including it in the Atrix HD smartphone.

Now that Prip is available for most Android devices, it could find a following; particularly because last month Sprint(s s) shut down its IDEN network used for Nextel PTT devices. More than likely it won’t be consumers that jump on the Prip bandwagon, however. At $8 a month, Prip is geared more towards government or construction employees that need this type of communications.

After installing Prip, you’ll be able to talk to NII Holding’s 11 million subscribers in Mexico, Brazil and in Latin America as well as with other U.S.-based Prip subscribers. Don’t fret, iPhone(s aapl) owners: Prip is expected for iOS in the coming weeks.

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Derpitts

Ok, I don’t know a lot about this as I’ve always had iPhones but just switched company’s and they have sprint and PTT. they will NOT let me have/use any phone without PTT capability. Prip seems to let an iPhone connect to the other employees with the regular PTT phones.

Is there another app that can do this now ?? I don’t care about being able to connect to other carriers, I just want my iPhone back !

NancyP

Zello@Work beats all the carriers PTT for pricing and features:
– admin web console
– Strong encryption
– import users with one CSV file, export data
– 1000 active users supported
– Runs on Android/iPhone/Blackberry/PCs/2-way radios/rugged mobile devices
– Runs using either Wi-Fi or any carriers data plan (ATT, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile)
– Client app for PC for dispatch
– History, push notifications, alerts
– No contract required
– Free for first 5 users
– Volume discount pricing starts at $10, goes down to $4
– Savox bluetooth RSM support

wehttam

Got mine up and running on my Atrix HD – I could not use voxer to contact my classmates in Sao Paulo or Mexico City on their Nextel where as Prip works perfectly. Definitely worth the money to finally have a cool phone AND access to all of my Nextel friends

jencanfield7

Sounds a lot like Voxer to me. And I think Voxer is better. Not only is Voxer free, but you can also send text and pictures. And Voxer allows you to have group chats.

LutherFister

Voxer isn’t real time like this is. I’ve been using this side-by-side with Voxer. Voxer is a Nextel wanna-be. This is the closest I’ve seen to Nextel that you can use on any smartphone.

jencanfield7

Voxer works great too. Plus Voxer is free, and like Prip, runs through wifi.

You can also have group chats in Voxer which is really fun with friends.

Brad Ganley

Sprint still has push-to-talk on all of it’s rugged phones (like all of the ones that had it before). They shut down iDen, not that oh-so-easy-to-replicate function.

David

but with sprint it is a minimum of $45 a month and a 2 year contract

xtoddrick

If it works like the Nextel service did, then great, just what we need, more people on speakerphone in public. I imagine it will also have that obnoxious chirping sound. If the new design doesn’t have the chirp and use the speakerphone – fine.

r00t4rd3d

7.99 a month for something I can do for free already.

jorge

Zello is a mich better app, its already multi platform and best of all its absolutely free. No trials or hidden costs. It lets users sign up with phone numbers or with an email address.

LutherFister

I think this works better than Zello and I can talk to any Nextel phone – not just smartphones

whypay

I think Wechat alright can do this. And it is free too.

miacane86

I’d think this one is better, no? ATT’s is locked to people only on their network. Prip seems like a multi-carrier, multi-platform solution.

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