Combines military spec ruggedness with the latest in smartphone
technology, into a sleek touch screen design
LAS VEGAS – CTIA WIRELESS – March 22, 2010 – Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:
MOT) and Sprint (NYSE: S) today broke new ground with the announcement
of Motorola i1, the world’s first push-to-talk Android™-powered
smartphone. Sleek and attractive, yet durable, Motorola i1 is the
first iDEN device to carry the features of a modern smartphone
including a 3.1-inch touch screen, Wi-Fi®, optimized browsing
experience with the latest Opera Mini 5 browser, access to thousands
of apps and a push-to-talk experience that includes exciting new
features. Sprint will begin offering Motorola i1 this summer.
With more than 17 years of expertise, Sprint is the industry leader in
push-to-talk, serving the world’s largest push-to-talk community with
millions of Nextel Direct Connect subscribers on the fastest national
push-to-talk network. Nextel Direct Connect® has set the industry
standard for push-to-talk worldwide. More U.S. workers communicate in
less than a second with Nextel Direct Connect than with any other
“Motorola remains focused on delivering differentiated Android
experiences within our product portfolio,” said Mark Shockley, senior
vice president, Motorola Mobile Devices. “With the Motorola i1, we’re
excited to offer iDEN users the opportunity to enjoy a feature-rich
smartphone with push-to-talk, whether it’s for work or play.”
“As the first Nextel Direct Connect Android smartphone, Motorola i1
with Wi-Fi offers a powerful tool for our customers with access to
thousands of applications in the Android Market™,” said Fared Adib,
vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “With rugged
durability, a full touchscreen and 5.0 megapixel camera, Motorola i1
gives push-to-talk customers a compelling smartphone that can
withstand some of the harshest environments.”
Motorola i1 enhances the push-to-talk experience with the ability to
view who is calling regardless of what application you are in, whether
you are managing your emails, checking your calendar, composing
messages or viewing media.
Must-have Features and Nextel Direct Connect
With solid body construction that meets military specifications for
protection against dust, shock, vibration and blowing rain1, Motorola
i1 is designed for those who work and play hard. It automatically
syncs and integrates office and personal information such as emails,
calendar appointments and contacts. Key features include:
Popular business tools such as Microsoft Document Viewer and corporate
sync ensure Word or PowerPoint files can be accessed on the go.
Message entry is a breeze with both Android standard virtual keyboard
and Swype™ virtual keyboards being offered.
A 5 megapixel camera with flash, geo-tagging and panoramic
capabilities provides crisp photos and clearly displays them on the
vibrant 3.1-inch HVGA screen. Video can also be recorded and stored on
a provided microSD for sharing or future viewing straight from the
The latest Opera Mini 5 browser enables quick browsing over the Nextel
National Network and Wi-Fi. The Android browser allows you to see web
pages and Flash 8-enabled sites in full view using Wi-Fi.
Motorola i1 can be continuously customized with thousands of
applications from Android Market™.
Application development information for Motorola i1 is available on
the Sprint Application Developer web site at www.sprint.com/developer.
Sprint offers developers a free sandbox with iDEN capabilities to test
their apps. Sprint is a charter member of the Open Handset Alliance™
and the Sprint Application Developer Program has been providing tools
for third-party developers since Sprint first launched the Wireless
Web on its phones in 2001.
In addition, Motorola provides developers with broad market reach
through MOTODEV, the company’s global program for developers and
independent software vendors (ISV). MOTODEV offers a streamlined
path into multiple distribution channels including Android Market™ and
operator channels. Developers interested in Android application
development with Motorola can visit: http://developer.motorola.com.
New Relationship with Mike Rowe
In addition to introducing Android into push-to-talk devices, Motorola
is also bringing a new face to its iDEN portfolio: Mike Rowe. Mike has
worked as an apprentice at more than 250 of the toughest jobs in
America, and his experience and reputation as a hard worker are a
perfect fit for Motorola’s iDEN portfolio. The new relationship
announced today will feature Mike as a spokesperson for Motorola’s
rugged push-to-talk devices.
“Typically, the work I’ve done tends to take its toll on my phones and
I end up breaking ‘em on the job,” said Mike. “It’ll be fun to use one
that’s not afraid of a little dirt.”
Motorola is also supporting mikeroweWORKS, a public relations campaign
for skilled labor that Mike launched on Labor Day of 2008.
“It’s really gratifying to see some big companies getting behind the
notion that working hard is just as important as working smart,” said
Mike. “I’m happy to talk about a phone that can do both.”
Availability and Pricing
Motorola i1 will be available through Sprint in North America in the
summer of 2010. Customers interested in Motorola i1 can pre-register
at www.sprint.com/motoi1 or www.motorola.com.
Motorola i1 offers advanced data capabilities that will require
activation on a plan that includes unlimited data. For just $69.99
per month Sprint’s Everything Data 450 plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM
gives customers unlimited calling with any U.S. wireless user,
unlimited Direct Connect and Group Connect®, and unlimited nationwide
texting, email, web browsing and GPS Navigation. (All price plans
exclude surcharges and taxes). Sprint Everything Data plans
automatically enroll customers in the Sprint Premier loyalty program
providing annual device upgrades, discounted accessories and other
Sprint’s business customers can also select Sprint Business Advantage
Messaging & Data PlansSM, starting at $59.99 per month. This includes
unlimited Direct Connect; Wireless Web; unlimited text, picture and
video messaging; 200 anytime minutes with nationwide long distance and
Any Mobile, Anytime, unlimited nights and weekends starting at 7 p.m.
and GPS Navigation.
For more information, product specifications and images of Motorola
i1, please visit the Motorola Media Center. Also, follow Motorola on
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