HipVoice bringing cross carrier push-to-talk to BlackBerry for $10/month. Wow.

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I feel bad for all those poor souls that have locked themselves into Sprint/Nextel for push-to-talk functionality, only to wait an average of three years for new iDEN BlackBerrys. HipVoice is a cross carrier push-to-talk service that will soon be launching for BlackBerry. As the video shows above, not only does it work irrespective of your BlackBerry or carrier, subscribers will also be able to communicate with WinMo and Symbian devices (iPhone coming soon). Here are the different ways HipVoice can be used.

    UNICAST: Push-To-Talk one to one
    MULTICAST: Push-To-Talk one to many (Also to Walkie Talkies)
    CHANNEL: Push-To-Talk to anyone subscribed to the channel
    RICH MESSAGING: Text message users that are on or off-line

HipVoice is looking to charge $10/month for the service. Honestly, I’m not sure how they’re doing this, but sign me up. You can learn more about HipVoice at http://hipvoice.com.

|via BerryReview|

  • Nathan

    did anyone watch the clip. there is a delay even for the short messages he sent. with nextel it is instant like a normal phone conversation. this service will be useless unless they can speed it up greatly.

  • Nathan

    did anyone watch the clip. there is a delay even for the short messages he sent. with nextel it is instant like a normal phone conversation. this service will be useless unless they can speed it up greatly.

  • http://www.mc2wi.com/ Dan K.

    A great concept and substitue for what might be considered VoIP or VoIM PTT messaging. Unlike true radio PTT, it lacks the latency (time delay between the moment something is initiated, and the moment one of its effects begins or becomes detectable) that is available from a true radio network. PTT over IP has come a long way in the past decade and with ever increaing data speeds and technology/software, we are seeing the lag time between PTT over IP calls growing smaller and shorter. Other similar products I’ve seen out there are VMS (voice messaging) and visual voicemail. This software seems to fuse those together creating a PTT experience.

  • http://www.mc2wi.com Dan K.

    A great concept and substitue for what might be considered VoIP or VoIM PTT messaging. Unlike true radio PTT, it lacks the latency (time delay between the moment something is initiated, and the moment one of its effects begins or becomes detectable) that is available from a true radio network. PTT over IP has come a long way in the past decade and with ever increaing data speeds and technology/software, we are seeing the lag time between PTT over IP calls growing smaller and shorter. Other similar products I’ve seen out there are VMS (voice messaging) and visual voicemail. This software seems to fuse those together creating a PTT experience.

  • john

    DONT USE!!!!!!! I GOT THE FREE TRIAL AND IT’S SLOW. IT TAKES 10 SECONDS FOR IT TO REACH THE OTHER PHONE. VERIZON AND SPRINT’S PTT IS WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY BETTER!!!!!!!!

  • john

    DONT USE!!!!!!! I GOT THE FREE TRIAL AND IT’S SLOW. IT TAKES 10 SECONDS FOR IT TO REACH THE OTHER PHONE. VERIZON AND SPRINT’S PTT IS WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY BETTER!!!!!!!!

  • Dave

    It seems to me it should be worth it even with the delay. I would imagine you could save a lot of plan minutes using this app. May not be perfect, but not bad for a budget alternative. Given the choice of constantly dropping calls with Sprint or having a slight delay when I use hipvoice, I’ll take the slight delay any day of the week.

  • Dave

    It seems to me it should be worth it even with the delay. I would imagine you could save a lot of plan minutes using this app. May not be perfect, but not bad for a budget alternative. Given the choice of constantly dropping calls with Sprint or having a slight delay when I use hipvoice, I’ll take the slight delay any day of the week.