One of the more intriguing products that debuted at VON 2003 is a small software app for Symbian-based mobile phones, called Buzz2Talk, which provides users with SIP-based instant communication over a GPRS network.
One of the more intriguing products exhibited at VON 2003 is a small software app for Symbian-based mobile phones, called Buzz2Talk, which provides users with SIP-based instant communication over a GPRS network.
Anupama Hegde, Director of Wireless Device Solutions for Indtelesoft, a software development company based in Bangalore, India, demonstrated the ingenious "push-to-talk" software at a small booth in the corner of the cavernous exhibit hall at Boston's Hynes Convention Center.
Hegde configured her Nokia 3650 to communicate directly using the Free World Dialup network. Selecting an entry from among various FWD users in her mobile phone's contacts list, she simply pushed a button on her phone, enabling "walkie-talkie" like communications (very similar to that offered currently by Nextel, and soon other mobile phone companies).
Hedge says she has been using the software to stay in constant contact with colleagues and family back home while in Boston the past few days.
The software currently works only with Nokia's 3650 and 7650 phones, but Hedge says other Symbian-based phones will be brought into the fold soon. It works a bit like Jeff Pulver's WiSIP wifi SIP phone, except it uses the GPRS network making it possible to communicate even when the user is not in a "hotspot."
If you have one of the two currently supported phones, you can download and install the software for free at http://www.buzz2talk.com.