With the Motorola i860, Nextel is the first national cellular service provider to offer two exclusive features that make communicating more integrated, convenient and intuitive. The Nextel Direct Send contacts feature allows a user to send contact information, including names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses, to another user’s Motorola i860 phone with the simple press of the Push To Talk (PTT) walkie-talkie button. Additionally, a user can create messages in seconds directly from the i860’s contact list by highlighting a name.
Nextel Multimedia Messaging service, available first on the Motorola i860 handset, is designed for overall ease of use. It allows for a high level of expression and personalization by allowing messages to include text, images and audio altogether. The i860 allows these messages to be sent from several locations on the handset – eliminating needless extra steps – including the Message Center where voicemail and multimedia messages can be managed in one central location. Additionally, the i860 can capture photos and record up to ten seconds of video with audio.
Multimedia Messaging can be exchanged in three simple ways:
— between one i860 phone and another i860 phone,
— between an i860 phone and any e-mail address or
— between an i860 phone and a user’s personal account on Nextel.com.
Multimedia Messaging can also be sent from an i860 phone to other two-way-messaging capable Nextel phones, and the recipient can read the text portion of the message and even forward it to an e-mail account to hear the audio and see images. Additionally, users can send multiple attachments (up to 100 kilobytes) in a single multimedia message.
“Nextel was the first U.S. wireless carrier to launch a walkie-talkie service eleven years ago, and we continue to pioneer other related functions. The Nextel Direct Send contacts feature on the new Motorola i860 is the most recent example of the power and potential of the Push To Talk(TM) walkie-talkie button. It follows other exclusive PTT(TM) innovations such as sending voice messages from the handset to an e-mail inbox with NextMail and connecting instantly across country borders with International Direct Connect,” said Blair Kutrow, vice president, voice services and subscriber devices, Nextel Communications.
“With the triple advantage of a camera, Multimedia Messaging and Direct Connect walkie-talkie service, the Motorola i860 handset allows users to increase their productivity and response time through the convenience and immediacy of one integrated compact device,” added Kutrow.
Some of the many other features of the Motorola i860 handset are:
Large internal screen - with a 2.2 inch diagonal measurement, it is Nextel's largest everColor external display - shows the time, date and caller ID without the need to open the flip phonePhoto caller ID - a picture of the caller can appear on the external and internal screen during an incoming callMedia Center - store hundreds of photosAudio caller ID - user-assignable ring tones allow users to instantly identify important calls without having to look at the phoneMP3 ringtone capable - users can download ringtones of full songs withcomplete vocals and instrumentalsQuick-flip opening mechanism - the phone flips open with the simple push of a buttonAirplane mode - turn off the network connection and use programs, games, voice recorder and datebook while in flightSpeakerphone - for convenient hands-free conversationsVoice recorder - captures memos or incoming phone conversations for future playback600-contact phone book - store up to eight numbers for a singlenameJAVA(TM) technology-enabled - allows the downloading of hundreds of advanced games and applicationsVoice-activated dialing - speak to dial numbersGPS technology-enabled - capable of location-based applications and servicesProfiles - personalize settings for up to twelve environments; forexample, when the self-titled "meeting" mode is selected, the phonecould be set to only vibrateVibraCall(R) Alert - be alerted of incoming calls and messages withoutan audible disruption
The Motorola i860 handset weighs 4.77 ounces and measures 1.96 x 3.45 x 1.01 inches. It has 25,000 kilobytes of memory for storing multimedia messages, and it is available through all Nextel distribution channels, including retail stores, at a price of $299.99 with a two-year service agreement, new activation and credit approval.