Irvine, Calif. –Boost Mobile, the prepaid division of carrier Sprint Nextel, launched its first phone equipped with QWERTY keyboard.
$129.99. It will be available in a few weeks through other Boost Mobile retail and distribution channels, the division said. Other Boost phones are available at almost 20,000 retail outlets, including Best Buy, Radio Shack, Target, and Wal-Mart stores as well as Sprint-owned stores and independent wireless dealers. Re-Boostprepaid cards are available at about 100,000 locations.
The device features iDEN-network push-to-talk (PTT) walkie-talkie service and IM-style texting, providing an “ all-in-one homebase view” of incoming and outgoing messages. It also features GPS, Bluetooth, camera with 4x zoom, and speakerphone with voice-activated dialing.
Boost is promoting the phone for use with its $50 Monthly Unlimited service, which provides unlimited anytime calling, text messaging, wireless Web and walkie-talkie service. Several carriers offer unlimited plans at $50.