Orange has announced the commercial availability of ‘Talk Now’, an advanced Push-To-Talk service.
According to Orange, “Talk Now” enables easy-to-access instant one-to-one and group calling with the added benefit of a real-time availability icon, so customers can see who is available to talk, and who is not. With this service, customers will be able to create team lists that can be used to facilitate instant conference calling with up to 10 participants at any one time. In addition, it can be switched to silent mode to ensure that people in the vicinity are not disturbed.
The Company says it is already available in the UK, and will be later in the year for UK small business and personal customers. As well as the UK, ‘Talk Now’ is due to be launched this year by Orange in France, then in Switzerland, the Caribbean, Romania, Slovakia, The Netherlands, the Dominican Republic, Belgium (Mobistar) and Jordan (Mobilecom) during the following months.
Orange has named Alcatel, LG, Nokia, PalmOne and Sagem, as the first manufacturers in its ‘Talk Now’ pan-European handset catalogue.
Orange UK said it will initially be offering a promotional ‘Talk Now’ tariff, allowing corporate customers to make group calls for the price of a standard voice call. Following this, ‘Talk Now’ customers will have the option of choosing either a bundle or a pay-as-you-consume tariff.
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