The Motorola Q9c, a Sprint-branded version of the device also sold by Verizon Wireless as the Motorola Q9m, is slated for release next Friday, November 23.
Physically identical to the Q9m
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Despite a different branding, the Q9c is physically identical to the Q9m on Verizon, featuring EV-DO high-speed data, GPS, and miniSD expansion.
Unlike the Verizon version, however, the Q9c is expected to sport a fully accessible GPS receiver, as well as some software alterations.
A more business- and messaging-oriented software package is anticipated, displacing the multimedia focus of the Q9m.
The Motorola Q9c is expected to debut with a $450 retail price, and come down to $200 with a new contract.
UPDATE: As promised, the Motorola Q9c is now available from Sprint’s web site. The regular price is $450, or $150 with a two-year service contract.