Sprint today released the Motorola Debut i856, the first slider phone offering Nextel Direct Connect push-to-talk service and multimedia capabilities for both business and consumer applications. It's available for $99.99 with a two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in rebate (excluding taxes).
More info on the phone:
Motorola Debut's compact slider form factor offers a smooth gliding action for easy one-handed operation, keeps the keypad secure when not in use and offers easy access when needed for instant communication between two people or a group of people, next door or in the next state. It is also the first device to offer the upgraded ability to switch from an active push-to-talk call to an interconnect voice call at the touch of a button.
Motorola Debut allows busy people to work at a fast and uninterrupted pace:
? send and receive messages, calendar events, pictures, location information and more, all without interrupting a Direct Connect call
? Play music while you text or talk
? threaded texting messaging to view entire conversations all on one screen
With its built-in MP3 player and external music controls, Motorola Debut offers a high-quality stereo music experience through wired headphones or Bluetooth wireless technology. The sound takes on additional dimensions for users who use the built-in 3D Audio equalizer to create special musical effects.
Motorola Debut has a 1.3 megapixel camera features up to 4X digital zoom and video capture. Pictures can also be enhanced with advanced imaging features to create a variety of image styles ? from full color on the vivid 176X220 color display to sepia tones to black & white. Users can also use GPS Tag Images to document exactly where a picture was taken and a variety of other applications to edit photos and manage video content.
In support of these capabilities Motorola Debut features include:
? Nationwide Walkie Talkie capability
? Music player with 3.5 mm standard audio jack
? 1.3 MP Camera with Video
? GPS & Wireless Web Enabled
? Stereo Bluetooth capabilities
? Text Messaging
? Expandable memory, supporting up to 8 GB MicroSD card
? Speakerphone with Voice-Activated Dialing
? Large Direct Connect button that backlights when a push-to-talk call is received
? Multimedia Messaging Service for sending audio, images, text, or all three in the same message to or from email addresses and other capable users with the ability to wirelessly store multimedia on the Sprint Web site
? Pre-loaded applications, including Sprint Mobile Email & SME-W, TeleNav Navigation, NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile and NFL Mobile Live
? Downloadable Games, Wallpapers and Real Music Ringtones
Affordable Push-to-Talk Calling Plans
Nextel Direct Connect Custom Plans focus on the services used most by workgroups, which are bundled with unlimited usage, at a low flat monthly rate. Specifically, businesses can choose from the following Nextel Direct Connect Custom Plans:
? Unlimited Workgroup Communications ? with unlimited Direct Connect and Group Connect plus unlimited text messaging, mobile-to-mobile minutes and night and weekend minutes starting at 9 p.m.
o $29.99 per month per line (excluding taxes and Sprint surcharges)
? Web & Navigation ? includes the above features, plus unlimited data, Web browsing and GPS navigation
o $39.99 per month per line for Nextel phones (excluding taxes and Sprint surcharges)
o $49.99 per month per line for PowerSource and Nextel Direct Connect capable Sprint phones (excluding taxes and Sprint surcharges)
? Pooled voice minutes can be added to either plan for the group to share
o 500 minutes for $30 per month per line (excluding taxes and Sprint surcharges)
o Or 2,000 minutes for $100 per month per line (excluding taxes and Sprint surcharges)
For more details on Nextel Direct Connect Custom plans, visit www.sprint.com/nexteldirectconnect
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