Nextel and Motorola Launch Durable Flip-style Phone

Nextel and Motorola Launch Durable Flip-style Phone

Motorola i530 is the First Flip-style Phone in the U.S. that Meets Military Standards for Resistance to Dust, Shock, Vibration and Humidity


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RESTON, Va. and PLANTATION, Fla.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–December 16, 2003–Nextel Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTL) and Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced the availability of the Motorola i530 mobile phone, designed for workers and outdoor enthusiasts who need feature-rich wireless communications in many types of environmental conditions. It is the only flip-style phone in the U.S. that meets military standards for resistance to dust, shock, vibration and humidity.

The Motorola i530 handset is covered in a protective rubber casing for a non-slip grip and extra durability. It is the latest phone to offer Nextel’s Nationwide Direct Connect(SM) walkie-talkie service, which allows instant communication at the touch of a button from coast to coast.

“The Motorola i530 handset is built for workers who require a phone that is compact but also as tough as their jobs, such as those in the construction, manufacturing and transportation industries,” said Blair Kutrow, vice president of product management, Nextel. “Unlike many other handsets on the market today, the Motorola i530 mobile phone is not flimsy or delicate.”

“With a sensible design that stands up to harsh environments, we consider the Motorola i530 handset to be the SUV of mobile phones,” said Peter Aloumanis, general manager, U.S. Markets Division, Motorola’s iDEN(R) Subscriber Group.

The Motorola i530 handset provides a call preview feature, which allows the user to flip open the phone, view the incoming number and then decide whether to answer*. It also offers a speakerphone and a vibrate mode.

Optional features include voice-activated dialing and a voice recorder. Because the Motorola i530 handset is GPS enabled, users can also add the Mobile Locator(TM) location-based service* that allows, for example, the tracking of where field employees are.

The Motorola i530 handset offers a 600-contact phone list and the ability to download ring tones*. Audio caller ID* allows users to assign a unique ring tone to a specific caller so they know without looking at the display whether to answer a call or to let it go to voicemail.

With its high performance battery, the Motorola i530 handset measures 3.7 x 2.12 x 1.25 inches (94 x 54 x 32 mm) and weighs approximately 5.2 ounces (147 g). It is available in solid black or a combination of yellow and black.

The Motorola i530 handset is available through all Nextel distribution channels, including retail stores, at a price of $124.99 with a two-year service agreement, new activation and credit approval. Taxes, fees, early termination fee and other charges apply.

To view or download an image of the Motorola i530 handset, visit http://www.motorola.com/mediacenter/graphics/detail/0,,908,00.html.

About Nextel Communications

Nextel Communications, a Fortune 300 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. Nextel and Nextel Partners, Inc., currently serve 293 of the top 300 U.S. markets. Through recent market launches, Nextel and Nextel Partners service is available today in areas of the U.S. where approximately 248 million people live or work.

About Nextel Partners

Nextel Partners, Inc., (Nasdaq:NXTP), based in Kirkland, Wash., has the exclusive right to provide digital wireless communications services using the Nextel brand name in 31 states where approximately 53 million people reside. Nextel Partners offers its customers the same fully integrated, digital wireless communications services available from Nextel Communications (Nextel) including digital cellular, text and numeric messaging, wireless Internet access and Direct Connect(SM) digital walkie-talkie, all in a single wireless phone. Nextel Partners customers can seamlessly access these services anywhere on Nextel’s or Nextel Partners’ all-digital wireless network, which currently covers 293 of the top 300 U.S. markets. To learn more about Nextel Partners, visit http://www.nextelpartners.com.

About Motorola’s iDEN Subscriber Group

Motorola’s iDEN handsets combine the capabilities of a digital wireless phone with “always on” Internet access, text pager, and two-way radio to enable users to instantly communicate with one or many individuals at the push of a button. For further information on iDEN handsets, visit http://www.motorola.com/iden.

About Motorola

Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 2002 were $26.7 billion. Motorola is a global corporate citizen dedicated to ethical business practices and pioneering important technologies that make things smarter and life better for people, honoured traditions that began when the company was founded 75 years ago this year. For more information, please visit: http://www.motorola.com.

* Network and subscription dependent feature. Not available in all areas.

MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. (C) Motorola, Inc. 2003.

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Nextel and Motorola Launch Durable Flip-style Phone