Sprint (NYSE: S) and Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced plans to offer the i930, a compact clamshell device from Motorola featuring the Windows Mobile Smartphone platform. Packed with domestic and international voice, data and walkie-talkie capabilities, Sprint's newest Motorola iDEN® technology Smart Device for the Nextel Nationwide Network helps mobile professionals take care of business in more places than ever before. The Motorola i930 will be available nationwide next month in select Sprint business sales channels, Sprint Stores and online at www.sprint.com for a suggested retail price of $499.99 before discounts and promotions.
"Sprint recognizes that customers want the option to choose which communications solutions are best to help them increase efficiencies and gain a competitive edge," said Vicki Warker, vice president of marketing for Sprint. "The availability of a powerful single device that gives customers multiple communications options in the United States and abroad is a significant addition to Sprint's portfolio of flexible solutions that are designed to meet the needs of those whose work takes them around the globe."
The Motorola i930 goes above and beyond to extend wireless communications in even more places. Using the provided SIM card, this unique device operates on 800/900 iDEN and 900/1800 GSM frequencies allowing users to make or receive voice calls and receive voicemail messages in the United States and more than 100 countries using a single phone number. Keeping connected to clients, coworkers or family members while abroad is easy with support for iDEN and GPRS data roaming in areas where Sprint has international roaming agreements. Customers traveling in parts of North America, South America, Europe and Asia can utilize email, Web browsing, and text and Multimedia Messaging. For a full list of supported international coverage visit www.nextel.com/services/worldwide/coverage/country_list.shtml.
Road warriors desiring instant communication with the push of a button will benefit from Nextel Nationwide Walkie-Talkie Services in the United States and Nextel International Walkie-Talkie Services that allow customers to instantly connect with other users in and between the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and Peru.
"The Motorola i930 is packed with advanced features that make it easy for users to stay connected worldwide," said Rey Moré, senior vice president and general manager, Motorola's iDEN® Mobile Devices. "This new handset is a great multitasker, with the ability to successfully perform various functions all within one compact device, including advanced walkie-talkie and multimedia-messaging capabilities."
The Motorola i930 blends a consumer-friendly design with a mix of personal and productivity-enhancing capabilities. Equipped with Microsoft Windows Mobile, the Motorola i930 replicates the familiar desktop experience and offers full personal information management and email functionality through wireless synchronization with Microsoft Office Outlook, including features such as Calendar and Contacts or personal Internet email. Users on the go can send and receive email and text messages, manage contacts, schedule appointments and organize tasks quickly and conveniently. Customers who frequently need to review email attachments will find benefit in the free, preloaded Windows Mobile ClearVue Suite to open and view Microsoft Office PowerPoint presentations, Microsoft Office Excel graphs, worksheets and charts, Microsoft Office Word documents, PDFs, and other popular image files.
"The i930 offers mobile information professionals the flexibility to stay connected to their office while they're on the road or abroad," said Suzan DelBene, corporate vice president of marketing for the Mobile and Embedded Devices Division at Microsoft Corp. "Consumers and businesses alike will enjoy the familiar look and feel of the software, combined with the innovative hardware and breadth of the Nextel Nationwide Network."
The Motorola i930 also features a built-in camera and camcorder to capture and share moments when you wish you had your camera or need to capture visuals for critical business functions. Additional media capabilities are possible with support for Multimedia Messages and the presence of Windows Media Player for playing audio and video files directly on the handset. A secure digital slot allows customers to add memory and content with SD cards (sold separately).
The device includes the Sprint PCS Software Store, provided by Handango™, an intelligent on-device software catalog enabling wireless downloads on-the-go. Customers can find, download and buy software, games, ringtones, graphics and other Windows Mobile Smartphone applications simply and securely. Additional software titles are available from the desktop PC at http://sprint.handango.com.