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Nextel and Motorola launch "rugged" Bluetooth cellphone

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Nextel and Motorola launch "rugged" Bluetooth cellphone

Nextel and Motorola today announced the Motorola i605, the first “rugged” Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone. The new i605 handset aims at users in industries such as field services, construction, transportation and government segments. According to the manufacturer, its rubberized monolith design also meets military specifications to resist dust, shock and vibration.

Features of the device include 6 MByte of free Flash memory, a 2.2″ color screen, Java and MMS capability, an airplane mode that allows network connections to be turned off wile keeping other applications such as games usable, as well as GPS support.

The phone offers about 240 hours of talk time and 290 hours standby time. Nextel will offer the i605 for about $300 in combination with a 2-year service contract. (THG)