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    Default Motorola's MotoTRBO Anywhere (iPhone/Android)

    http://www.motorolasolutions.com/US-...OTRBO_Anywhere

    Cute. CTI Products must be a bit pissed off.

    Anyone play with this? Is it out yet?

    Anyone have the APK?


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    This would be interesting to play with to see how well it works.
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    It would be nice to see Caterpillar jump on this with their line of rugged Android phones - perhaps with the app preloaded and a dedicated PTT button. I'd buy one in a heartbeat.

    EDIT: Contacted both CAT and Motorola regarding the availability of a phone that would take advantage of these features. Probably won't get one, but if there's an official reply, it will be posted here.
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    I don't think that's going to happen.

    Keep in mind that Motorola Solutions (the Blue Moto) is also a handset manufacturer. They just unveiled the TC55 which would fit the bill as an enterprise-grade Android smartphone.

    Also, let's not forget Googorola (aka Motorola Mobility or Red Moto)'s offerings... The Moto X is pretty cool imho (I have one) - much better product since Google bought em out.

    But lemme tell ya, once the TC55 becomes available, I think I'll grab one.

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    Plus, I'm guessing there will be some form of copy-protection in use to prevent casual cloning, if they are selling the app...

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    Nope, the app is free. You pay by a user license and must buy a special gateway.
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    Unless they make it easy to interface, it won't sell too well. And the price is going to have to be reasonable. I'd also hope the software (user interface) is updated quickly, if any bugs/features get reported/requested. That's my biggest gripe when it comes to app support: lack of.

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    Has anyone seen the app on either Play Store or App Store?

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    Here is a brochure on the product.
    mototrbo-anywhere.pdf
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    The biggest problem with this new product is it only works with connect plus. Requires an expensive gateway, and you must pay by the user. I would use a third-party application then this Motorola solution. Now if it work with CP / LCP that would be a different story.

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    Is there any pricing info available? I can't even find pricing for the "expensive gateway".

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    Didn't realize Motorola has something like this for P25 systems as well: http://www.motorolasolutions.com/US-.../Broadband_PTT

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    Only if you can afford it, and are crazy enough to let it onto your system! LOL!
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    I imagine it would be useful to some extent for on-call EMS groups that need a P25 capable pager (certainly hasn't been proven enough to trust for public safety TX imho) I'd still be iffy at any rate. An on call FF can leave his dedicated pager sitting on his night stand and rest assured that it will stay on and do its job when a call comes in. With the app, I'd worry that my task killer has somehow gotten to it, my cellphone provider has had another outage, or any number of things.

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    Yes, as we all know, when the stuff REALLY hits the fan, the first thing to go is the cellular network. I certainly wouldn't be depending upon it for reliable communications.
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    Quote Originally Posted by com501 View Post
    Yes, as we all know, when the stuff REALLY hits the fan, the first thing to go is the cellular network. I certainly wouldn't be depending upon it for reliable communications.
    That's exactly what I was thinking... isn't that the whole point of dropping millions on all the dedicated wireless infrastructure? WTH is the point if that commodity network takes a dump and all you have is a smart phone that says "No Service" and no way of communicating with anyone since the portable is sitting at the station.

    IMO : Given that Motorola Solutions is still a hardware company (I don't see them "shuttering up" the APX line any time soon), I get the feeling they stand to make a lot more $$$ off selling a tangible radio that than they would selling software for a plaform they don't totally control. I don't think Moto is pulling an IBM just yet!

    I'm skeptical /\/\ would push this as a complete replacement for a traditional porable radio. I would bet small amount of $$$ this is aimed at the "big-wigs" that pound the pulpit about communications and situational awareness... buuuuutt are usually the one you can never track down because they don't want to carry a portable... yet force everyone else too >_<. Hey, at least with this they could actually be reached!

    Good to know it exists though, on both P25 & the TRBO side

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    They will tell you it is not a replacement for a radio. It is for people who CAN'T or WON'T carry a radio.
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    This concept has been around for awhile. Our Motobridge system used to have 2 iden cradles so we could patch off duty chiefs & fire investigators in incident talk group through their Nextels...

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    I've been told it'll eventually be offered for LCP & IPSC...can't recall what was said about CAP+. It's far more robust & secure than the other ADP offerings, and you can access up to 16 talkgroups, whereas the ADP solutions are a single channel. At the end of the day though, it's still a very niche market and they won't sell big numbers.

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    Anyone get their hands on the apk? I'd really like to take a look at it...

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    We have it deployed on our Connect Plus system.
    Seems to work well. The app is very sleek and user-friendly.
    Great for executive level commercial applications (the people who won't carry a full radio, but need connectivity to their fleet even when out of RF range of the system).
    Very expensive, but also very marketable.