Verizon Wireless said the push-to-talk service will be available for both BlackBerry Internet Service and BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers who have the BlackBerry Tour handset.
"Extending push-to-talk to the BlackBerry Tour from Verizon Wireless offers business customers a single device for instant communication plus the enterprise-grade security and robust business communications capabilities people have come to expect from a BlackBerry smartphone," said Verizon's Mark Bartolomeo in a statement. Bartolomeo is VP of global enterprise marketing for Verizon Wireless.
The Tour application is not the first push-to-talk service offered by Verizon Wireless, which already offers push-to-talk handsets by Casio, Motorola, and Samsung. The new handset, however, is the first Verizon Wireless offers for RIM's enterprise-oriented consumers.
The Tour push-to-talk service enables users to participate in group calls with up to 50 participants and can serve as an online contact management tool for an entire organization. A presence feature enables users to determine whether a colleague is available, and a single individual or a group of colleagues can be contacted with the push of a button.
After the push-to-talk service is added to their service plans, customers can download the app through VZStart on their handsets or from the Verizon Wireless Application Center.