Latin American Wireless service provider
NII Holdings Inc.
) subsidiary, Motorola Mobility, have launched PRIP service in
the U.S. PRIP is an advanced push-to-talk service (PTT).
PRIP is based on Motorola's PTT technology and allows
customers to connect with other PTT users anytime and anywhere
through a wireless or Wi-Fi connection. The service uses a
software-based solution and is accessed by an icon on the
The U.S. users will be able to instantly connect to 11 million
NIHD subscribers across the U.S., Mexico and four other Latin
American countries, using PRIP. The first few customers will
receive a month's free service and will be charged $7.99 per
PRIP can be downloaded from Google's application distribution
platform, Google Play and is compatible with smartphones running
on Google's Ginger bread or later versions. PRIP is expected to
be available for
) iPhone in the coming weeks. Apart from unlimited calling, PRIP
customers will be able to send call alerts, import contacts
automatically and hold group conversations.
In Apr 2013, NIHD launched the PRIP service in Mexico,
offering the PTT service using its 3G wireless network. The
company operates under the brand Nextel and has launched
Motorola's Atrix HD smartphone in the country, which is preloaded
NIHD has traditionally used
Motorola Solutions Inc.
) iDEN (Integrated Digital Enhanced Network) technology to offer
wireless service. The iDEN technology is not as widely used as
other wireless networks and has fewer subscribers worldwide.
Thus, NIHD is phasing out its iDEN network and consequently
integrating its new PTT technology.
We believe that the software-based solution will not only
allow NIHD to widen its PTT service reach but will also
compensate its 3G market share loss to rivals, with bigger
presence in Latin America.
NII Holdings currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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