Reston, VA & Plantation, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–May 4, 2005–Nextel Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTL) and Motorola Inc. (NYSE:MOT) today announced the Motorola i605, the first rugged Bluetooth(R)-enabled mobile phone. The rugged Motorola i605 handset offers exclusive features, including Nextel’s new Group Connect(SM) walkie-talkie service(1), which enables group walkie-talkie conversations nationwide, and a large screen that is optimized for outdoor usage to reduce glare from sunlight.
The Motorola i605 is designed for users in industries such as field services, construction, transportation and government segments. Its rubberized monolith design meets military specifications for resistance to dust, shock and vibration. Its large memory and maximum battery life provide the optimal operation of Java(TM)-powered business solutions, and its GPS(2) capability enables location-based services, including fleet tracking and turn-by-turn directions. The Motorola i605 also offers Nextel Multimedia Messaging service (MMS)(2), which allows users to send and receive messages that include text, images and audio together.
The integrated Bluetooth technology enables the wireless exchange of information between devices within a range of 10 meters/30 feet, eliminating the need for wire connections between, for example, the phone and a compatible Bluetooth enabled hands-free headset. The Bluetooth wireless technology also eliminates the need for a data cable to connect the phone to a compatible Bluetooth-enabled laptop using the phone’s wireless modem functionality. (The i605 supports Bluetooth headset and handset profiles.)
The Nextel Group Connect service allows up to 21 participants on a group walkie-talkie call. Participants can be located virtually anywhere within Nextel’s nationwide network, and their status can be viewed on a screen on their phones, including if they are active, opted out or unavailable. Group Connect service allows users to create groups directly on the phone and instantly begin a conversation, without prior setup.
“By incorporating Bluetooth wireless technology into the Motorola i605 phone, we are offering users a convenient way to go hands-free, eliminating the need for wires or cables between the phone and a compatible Bluetooth enabled headset, laptop computer and potentially other compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices,” said Rey More’, senior vice president and general manager, Motorola’s iDEN(R) Devices.
“The Motorola i605 is a data workhorse that powerfully runs various industry solutions while withstanding the outdoor elements with a rugged design. The Motorola i605 and its exclusive features, such as Group Connect service, are more examples of Nextel’s diverse product and service offerings designed to meet the varying needs of all our customers,” said Blair Kutrow, Nextel’s vice president of Product Management.
Features of the Motorola i605 handset include:
— Daylight-readable color display. The handset’s screen measures 2.2″ diagonal and offers a rich 262,000-color resolution with high contrast for easy daylight viewing.
— Strong battery life. The standard battery delivers approximately 240 minutes of talk time and 290 hours of standby.(3)
— Large memory size. With 32 MB of flash memory and 6MB of free memory for downloading applications, the i605 provides large amounts of storage for business solutions.
— Direct Send(SM). By pressing the walkie-talkie button, contact information (names, phone numbers, email addresses) can be instantly sent to another phone.
— Voice recorder. This feature allows the user to capture memos or incoming phone conversations for future playback.
— 600-entry contact manager. Users can store up to eight numbers for a single name.
— Voice-activated dialing. Keeps hands free with speak-to-dial numbers.
— Downloadable applications. The handset is equipped with pre-loaded programs such as Advanced Calculator, TeleNav 3.0, Trimble Outdoors, @Road Pathway and 1KTV, and a Boulder Dash demo. Users can download more applications at http://www.nextel.com/downloads for an additional cost.
— Airplane mode. The network connection can be turned off to use applications, games, voice recorder and date book while in flight (subject to FAA regulations).
— Audio caller ID. User-assignable ring tones allow users to instantly identify important calls without having to look at the phone.
The Motorola i605 handset weighs 5.9 ounces with a high-capacity battery and measures 4.9 (H) x 2.0 (W) x 1.1 (D) inches. It is available through all Nextel distribution channels, including retail stores. The Motorola i605 handset costs $299.99 with a two-year service agreement, new activation and credit approval. Taxes, fees, early termination fee and other charges apply.
About Nextel Communications
Nextel Communications, a FORTUNE 200 company based in Reston, Va., is a leading provider of fully integrated wireless communications services and has built the largest guaranteed all-digital wireless network in the country covering thousands of communities across the United States. Today 95 percent of FORTUNE 500(R) companies are Nextel customers. Nextel and Nextel Partners, Inc. currently serve 297 of the top 300 U.S. markets where approximately 262 million people live or work.
About Nextel Partners
Nextel Partners, Inc., (NASDAQ:NXTP), a FORTUNE 1000 company based in Kirkland, Wash., has exclusive rights to offer the same fully integrated, digital wireless communications services offered by Nextel Communications (Nextel) in mid-sized and rural markets in 31 states where approximately 54 million people reside. To learn more about Nextel Partners, visit http://www.nextelpartners.com.
Motorola is a Fortune 100 global communications leader that provides seamless mobility products and solutions across broadband, embedded systems and wireless networks. In your home, auto, workplace and all spaces in between, seamless mobility means you can reach the people, things and information you need, on the go. Seamless mobility harnesses the power of technology convergence and enables smarter, faster, cost-effective and flexible communication. Motorola had sales of US $31.3 billion in 2004. For more information: http://www.motorola.com.
1. In order to use the Group Connect feature, the user and all call recipients must use the pre-installed “600 Contacts & 25 Groups” SIM card, included with the i605 phone.
2. Operates in many major cities and countries where GSM network coverage and roaming agreements are present.
3. All talk and standby times are quoted in Digital Mode, and are approximate. Battery performance depends on network configuration, signal strength, operating temperature, features selected, and voice, data and other application usage patterns.
Certain mobile phone features may not be available throughout the entire network or their functionality may be limited. All features, functionality and other product specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.
MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. The Bluetooth trademarks are owned by their proprietor and used by Motorola, Inc. under license. Java and all other Java-based marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. (C) Motorola, Inc. 2005.
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