Sprint on Monday announced that six additional handsets now support its Direct Connect Now push-to-talk service. If you’re unfamiliar, Sprint’s Direct Connect Now service lets you chat with others by voice without having to place a phone call. It’s an evolution of Nextel’s “Chirp” service we’re sure you’re more familiar with, and requires a $5 monthly plan.

The new devices include the Galaxy S4, the Galaxy Note 3, the LG G2, the G Flex, the Optimus F3 and the Kyocera Hydro Edge. Sprint said that additional support will soon be offered on the Galaxy S4 with Sprint Spark, the Galaxy S4 mini and the Galaxy Mega. Once you’ve signed up for the service, just head to the Google Play Store and install the corresponding Android app.

It’s compelling to note that, in the past, Direct Connect and PTT in general were mostly functions for rugged devices. Most of the phones above, however, are more consumer-friendly phones, which suggests that Sprint’s now catering to a wider audience of users who aren’t necessarily always out in an environment that requires a rugged device. More information on the carrier’s Direct Connect services can be found in the source link below.