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First iDEN-Network Android Phone Getting Successor

7/18/2011 03:29:18 PM Eastern

Overland
Park, Kan. - Sprint announced a $149 price and July 24 availability date for
its previously disclosed iDEN-network Motorola Titanium Android-based
smartphone.

The
Titanium will replace the $149 touchscreen-only Motorola i1, which was launched
last year as the first iDEN-network phone with Android OS.

Both
models are the only Android phones in the U.S. with Nextel Direct
Connect for Push-to-Talk service feature.
Both models also meet military-grade durability specs and feature 3.1-inch
touchscreen, but the Titanium adds a fixed QWERTY keyboard, steps up the OS to
Android 2.1 from 1.5, adds Wi-Fi 802.11n to its predecessor's 802.11b/g
capabilities, adds stereo Bluetooth, and comes with larger battery, which
extends talk time to 4.6 hours from 3.5 hours.

Like
its predecessor, it comes with 5-megapixel camera/camcorder and preinstalled
2GB MicroSD card in a slot that supports 32GB cards. Both also feature Microsoft
Exchange ActiveSync corporate email and
Quickoffice app to view and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF
documents.

Through
Sprint's direct channels, the price is after $100 rebate.

The
new model also features 4x
zoom and flash, integrated GPS, Bluetooth 2.1+
EDR, and compliance with Military
Specification 810G for resistance to dust, shock,
vibration, low pressure, solar radiation, and
high
and low temperatures.