Irvine, Calif. - Sprint's
prepaid brand will launch the industry's first iDEN-network Android-based phone on June 20 through Boost-branded stores and Best Buy stores at a tentative price of between $349.99 and $399.99.
It will be the world's first Android smartphone with push-to-talk (PTT) capability, Boost said.
The phone, unveiled at this year's CTIA convention, is the Motorola i1 with 3.1-inch HVGA touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Swype-equipped virtual QWERTY keyboard, and iDEN-network push-to-talk capability.
The device is built to military specifications for protection against dust, shock, vibration and blowing rain. Other features include5-megapixel camera with flash, geo-tagging and panoramic capabilities. It also comes with provided 2GB MicroSD card, support for 32GB memory cards, stereo Bluetooth, GPS, Opera Mini 5 and Android browsers, Microsoft Document Viewer, Microsoft Exchange server compatibility, Google Talk IM,
Boost Mobile stores, which are owned by master agents but Boost-branded, number roughly 1,000. Best Buy locations number 1,100, and Best Buy Mobile stores number 80.