Motorola Shows Off First Smartphone for Nextel

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Motorola has given the world a sneak peek at a new smartphone it has created for Nextel.

Although Nextel is the sixth-largest mobile phone company in the U.S., it doesn’t use the same kinds of wireless networks any of the other major companies do. Therefore, special phones must be created to access its iDen network. Until now, there have been no smartphones created for the iDen network.

That is about to change, as engadget discovered yesterday when it ran across Motorola demonstrating the i930 in its booth at the JavaOne conference.

This device will use a clamshell design with a large screen on one side, and a D-pad and keypad on the other. It will include an unusually large external display for phone-related information.

It will include a camera and almost certainly a memory card slot of some kind. However, it won’t have either an infrared port or Bluetooth.

It will include Push-to-Talk, Java, and aGPS.

All the details aren’t yet available on the i930, but it appears that this model will run the Second Edition of Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 2003 for Smartphone.

When this smartphone will be available and at what cost is not yet known.

There are two pictures of the i930 posted on the engadget web site.

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