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Sprint and Motorola: A Renewed Business Relationship That Extends Device Innovation

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Sprint and Motorola: A Renewed Business Relationship That Extends Device Innovation

Posted by RWPESCEon Jun 9, 2011 11:41:26 AM

  • Sprint and Motorola today announced a reinvigorated alliance that strengthens and extends the two companies’ device innovation leadership. New Portfolio of Android-Based Devices Empower Both Businesses and Consumers with World-Class Versatility, Productivity and Entertainment Features.

  • Sprint and its prepaid brands of Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA will launch more than 10 new Motorola wireless devices in 2011, bringing revolutionary performance, speed and design to Sprint customers. This new portfolio demonstrates a commitment to bring customers advanced devices with industry-leading features, including smartphones, tablets and best-in-class Push-to-Talk   devices.

  • Two new devices were communicated today as part of this relationship, including the iconic Motorola PHOTON™ 4G, Motorola’s first Sprint 4G device with a dual-core 1GHz processor, Android™ 2.3 and worldphone capabilities, and Motorola TRIUMPH™, the first Virgin Mobile USA device from Motorola. These two devices, along with the additional products in the new portfolio, build upon Sprint and Motorola’s long history of innovation across Sprint 3G and 4G networks and Nextel National Network.

Motorola’s First Sprint 4G Phone

Motorola PHOTON 4G. Motorola PHOTON 4G provides on-the-go users with an edge in managing their lives, from anywhere in the world. Motorola PHOTON 4G offers the perfect blend between personal and business needs and boasts enterprise-quality security for Android and international GSM capabilities.

  • Sprint’s first 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 processor smartphone Android 2.3, Gingerbread
  • Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM
  • Large 4.3-inch touchscreen with qHD (Quarter High Definition) display
  • Sprint ID offering an innovative way to personalize an Android smartphone with apps, widgets, ringtones and more all in a single download 16GB of onboard memory, support for up to 32GB SD Card, for a total of up to 48GB
  • Worldphone capabilities to access emails, calendars and news from anywhere around the globe
  • Ability to utilize the webtop application while connected to a Motorola accessory dock to open, view, edit and send Microsoft Office documents using cloud-based web apps through the full Mozilla Firefox browser
  • Supports critical IT device policies commonly requested by enterprises and government entities, including integration ease, cost-of-management and data security concerns
  • Dual cameras – 8 megapixel, dual-LED flash camera with front-facing webcam to store photos and videos directly on the device and VGA front-facing camera for video chat
  • Android Market™ for access to more than 200,000 useful applications
  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability, supporting up to eight devices on the Sprint 3G or 4G networks and one while roaming on GSM internationally (Mobile Hotspot capability while roaming on GSM will be delivered through an upcoming software update)

Motorola PHOTON 4G does it all, providing users with an array of versatile tools, like the Motorola webtop application, allowing users to access and create content from a larger screen while connected to a Motorola accessory dock (available for purchase following device availability).

Motorola PHOTON 4G will be available this summer. Pricing, final specifications and a full list of accessories will be provided closer to launch.

Motorola’s Debut on Virgin Mobile USA

Available this summer, Motorola TRIUMPH is the first Motorola device available exclusively to Virgin Mobile USA customers. Tech savvy customers will appreciate the feature-rich Motorola TRIUMPH as one of the hottest phones with the added flexibility of a no contract plan.

  • 4.1-inch WVGA touchscreen
  • 1GHz processor and up to 32GB of expandable memory to power and store multimedia libraries
  • HDMI out hook-up for flat screen multimedia viewing
  • Access to corporate email, social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter™ and a full suite of Google™ services, like Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™, Google Talk™ and more
  • 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and front-facing VGA camera for video chat HDMI output to allow for image sharing on your HDTV (requires HDMI cable sold separately)
  • Android Market for access to more than 200,000 useful applications, widgets and games available for download to customize the experience

Motorola TRIUMPH will also be the first handset to come preloaded with the Virgin Mobile Live 2.0 app used to access the Virgin Mobile branded music stream.

Virgin Mobile Live 2.0 is a social networking music application, which will provide all Android users free access to the company's critically acclaimed music stream hosted by DJ Abbey Braden, as well as live music performance videos, and "check in" features at special events. All status updates made using the app will also sync with Facebook and Twitter. It will be available in late July at www.virginmobileusa.com and in major retail outlets nationwide.

Business-Class Android Smartphone

On June 5, Sprint and Motorola debuted Motorola XPRT™, the first Android smartphone from Sprint to deliver enterprise-class security, personal productivity enhancements and international roaming. Designed for business users, Motorola XPRT offers a sleek, compact design built on Android 2.2, Froyo.

  • High-resolution 3.1-inch HVGA display with physical QWERTY keyboard
  • 5 megapixel camera with camcorder and dual LED flash for low-light performance
  • 2GB memory card included, supporting up to 32GB
  • Corporate email (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync®), personal (POP & IMAP) email and Quickoffice for opening Microsoft Office™ documents
  • Worldmode – CDMA (EVDO Rev. A), GSM/UMTS (HSPA) – international roaming service available in more than 200 countries
  • Google mobile services such as Google Search, Gmail, Google Maps with Navigation, syncing with Google Calendar™, Voice Actions and YouTube™

It is available now in Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Web Sales (www.sprint.com) and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) for $129.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement.

Some of the Other Devices Coming by Year End

Sprint

  • Motorola Titanium™: Available late summer, Motorola Titanium leverages Sprint’s industry-leading Push-to-Talk capabilities as the first Nextel Direct Connect® smartphone built on Android 2.1.
  • Motorola XOOM™ Wi-Fi: In May, Sprint made available Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi through Direct Ship sales channels for $599.99 (excluding taxes). It is the first device to feature Android 3.0      (Honeycomb), the version of Android designed specifically for tablets and features innovations in widgets, multitasking, web browsing, notifications and customization. It also offers a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display, 1GHz dual-core processor and two cameras, a rear-facing 5 megapixel camera with flash that can capture HD video and a front-facing 2 megapixel camera for Google Talk with video chat.

Boost Mobile

  • Motorola Clutch™ + i475, successor to the highly popular Motorola Clutch, is a candy-bar QWERTY device with a larger display screen, improved keyboard for text messaging and walkie-talkie functionality. It is available now for $99.99 (excluding taxes) at Boost Mobile’s exclusive retail stores, select independent wireless dealer, major retail outlets nationwide and at www.boostmobile.com with free shipping.
  • Available later this month and priced at $79.99 (excluding taxes), Motorola Theory™ is a sleek, candy-bar QWERTY at an affordable price. Key features include a  high-finish premium design, threaded messaging, web and email access, Bluetooth® technology, 1.3MP camera and 2.4-inch QVGA display.
  • Coming late June, Motorola i412 is ideal for wireless users craving an uncomplicated phone for talking, texting and walkie-talkie functionality. It will be available for $69.99 (excluding taxes) at Boost Mobile’s exclusive retails stores, select independent wireless dealer locations across the country, www.boostmobile.com with free  shipping and major retail outlets nationwide.

Motorola Clutch + i475 and i412 are the latest walkie-talkie phones to offer Push-to-Talk service operating on the Nextel National Network, the fastest national Push-to-Talk network.

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