Sprint has announced plans to offer the Motorola i930, the first Windows Mobile smartphone that is compatible with its iDEN network.
It also works with GSM networks, allowing it to be used outside of the iDEN network.
A Tale of Two Networks
Most of Sprint’s network uses the CDMA wireless standard, and there are a number of smartphones available that use this technology.
However, Sprint recently aquired Nextel, a wireless carrier that used an incompatible standard, iDEN. It is in the process of transitioning ex-Nextel customers to the CDMA standard, but in the meantime these people have the option of getting the i930.
A Long Wait
Ex-Nextel customers who are interested in this smartphone could feel justified in being a bit impatient at this point, as Motorola first began showing off the i930 in June of 2004, over a year ago.
The price will be $500 before discounts and promotions.
More About the Motorola i930
This smartphone will use a clamshell design with a screen on one side and a D-pad and keypad on the other.
It will support Nextel’s walkie-talkie capabilities, allowing users to instantly connect with other users.
Thanks to its long delay, the i930 will run Windows Mobile SE for smartphone, which is not the most recent version of this operating system.
It will have has 64 MB of Storage and 32 MB of RAM.
When closed the i930 will be 3.5 inches tall, 1.9 inch wide, and 1.2 inches thick. It will weigh 5.9 oz.
It will include a video-capable camera and an SD card slot.
However, it won’t have either an infrared port or Bluetooth.