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Motorola’s PRIP push-to-talk service launches in the US

PRIP is now available for download from Google Play, providing users in the US with PTT connections to the existing 11 million subscribers in Mexico, Brazil and across Latin America.
July 9, 2013
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Motorola has now officially launched its PRIP service in the US in conjunction with NII Holdings, and it’s now available for downloaded from the Google Play Store. Motorola’s push-to-talk service was already available in Mexico, Brazil, and across Latin America, so now US users can connect to the 11 million subscribers already connected to the service.

For those of you know don’t know about PRIP, Motorola Mobility’s Push-to-Talk technology allows to you send calls over any wireless carrier’s 3G or 4G networks or a WiFi connection, so think something along the lines of Skype. However, PRIP offers unlimited calling between other users and Nextel phone owners, rather than universal calling credit, and works on a monthly subscription basis.

Unlimited calls are available from PRIP for $7.99 per month, which seems a little bit on the expensive side for local calls, but it could save you money if you need to call abroad frequently. To sweeten the deal, for a limited time customers who sign up will receive their first month for free.

To top it all off, there are no in-app adverts, the application will automatically sync with your existing contacts, and it has a group conversation function too. So it looks like a well-rounded app.

The software is compatible with most Android smartphones running version 2.3 (Gingerbread) and above, so you shouldn’t have any trouble getting up and running, even on older handsets. The developer also understands that not everyone is using Android, so PRIP is also scheduled to land on iPhones in the coming weeks.