Wireless technology company Qualcomm Inc. says that LG Electronics Ltd. plans to develop new phones to support Qualcomm's version of "push-to-talk" walkie-talkie services.
Qualcomm said LG, one of the world's top handset companies, would make "BREWChat"-enabled phones for carriers worldwide. The technology, which is designed for high-speed networks and uses voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) standards, is currently in trials with various carriers.
Qualcomm's Code Division Multiple Access wireless standard dominates in the United States and is growing in Latin America and parts of Asia. The company said the BREWChat technology could be upgraded to the next-generation of its walkie-talkie technology, QChat, designed for faster CDMA networks.
Also recently, Nextel Communications Inc., the long-time leader in push-to-talk services, said it was testing QChat and would make it compatible with its U.S. network. (Reuters)
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