Motorola Launches Two Digital Personal Companion Handsets

The Motorola i85s and i50sx Handsets, First in a New Generation of Wireless

Devices, Combine the Freedom of Wireless Communication With the Power of

Mobile Computing



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Motorola, Inc.

    SCHAUMBURG, Ill., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorola (NYSE:   MOT) today
 announced the i85s and i50sx handsets, which combine many of the capabilities
 of a handheld computer, two-way radio, interactive text pager, and
 Internet-ready mobile phone in a single device. These mobile personal
 companions, which are expected to be available in certain markets beginning
 this month, are the first in a new generation of products from Motorola that
 allows users to expand the functionality of their phones by downloading and
 running applications to meet their individual needs.
     The Motorola i85s and i50sx handsets are the first mobile phones in North
 America to use Java(TM) 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME(TM)) technology, which
 makes small wireless devices more intelligent. This technology allows users to
 constantly update their devices with applications to meet their changing
 needs, in much the same way users upgrade their PCs and handheld computers.
 Additionally users can retrieve information using the phone's "always on"
 Internet access, without the need to establish a dial-up connection. The
 offline capabilities of the Motorola i85s and i50sx handsets allow users to
 access applications residing in the phone even when disconnected from the
 network. Both handsets will come with several applications pre-installed,
 including productivity tools and the Sega game, Borkov.(1) Additional
 applications may be downloaded after purchase.
     Examples of applications users will be able to download include, but are
 not limited to, business applications such as expense reporting, e-mail, and
 corporate directory access; entertainment applications such as games; and
 productivity tools such as notepad and calculator. Both handsets support
 powerful features including voice dialing, a voice recorder for recording
 incoming phone calls or verbal memos, and hands-free speakerphone.(2)
 
     The Motorola i85s handset
     The Motorola i85s handset is designed for the mobile business professional
 who needs to stay connected with people and information to increase
 productivity and save time.
     "The Motorola i85s handset will allow users to merge their various devices
 into one personalized handset to manage their professional and personal
 lives," said Bill Werner, corporate vice president of Motorola and general
 manager of the company's iDEN Subscriber Group. "This is the ideal business
 tool for anyone who needs to stay in touch with people and information to be
 productive and efficient."
     The Motorola i85s handset measures 130 x 50 x 30 mm (5.1 x 1.9 x 1.2
 inches) and weighs 132 grams (4.7 ounces).
 
     The Motorola i50sx handset
     For users who want to express their individuality, the Motorola i50sx
 handset allows them to personalize the look of their handset with
 interchangeable colored faceplates, available in blue, black, green, bronze,
 purple, and silver.
     "The Motorola i50sx handset will allow users to personalize their phones
 both inside and out," said Werner.  "Users can now tailor the phone with
 applications to meet their individual needs and change faceplates to reflect
 their personal style."
     The phone measures 133 x 52 x 30 mm (5.2 x 2 x 1.2 inches) and weighs
 165 grams (5.8 ounces).
     Both handsets will support a variety of optional accessories, including a
 foldable keyboard for messaging and convenient data entry, a hands-free car
 kit, several headsets, chargers, and holders. Interchangeable faceplates in a
 variety of colors will be available for the i50sx model.
     Both handsets will be available through Nextel Communications, Southern
 LINC and Pacific Wireless Technologies in the United States. TELUS Mobility in
 Canada will be offering the i85s handset in the coming months. Prices will be
 determined by carrier.
 
     About Motorola and iDEN
     Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:   MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated
 communications and embedded electronic solutions.  Sales in 2000 were
 $37.6 billion. For more information visit www.motorola.com .
 
     iDEN handsets combine the capabilities of a digital wireless phone, text
 pager, "always connected" Internet microbrowser, and two-way radio to enable
 users to instantly communicate with one or hundreds of individuals at the push
 of a button. For further information on iDEN handsets, visit
 www.motorola.com/iden .
 
     1. Pre-installed applications vary by service provider.
     2. These features ship with the i85s and may be added to the i50sx for an
        additional charge.
 
 
     MOTOROLA, the Stylized M Logo and all other trademarks indicated as such
 herein are trademarks of Motorola. Inc. (R) Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. Java and
 all other Java-based marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other product or
 service names are the property of their respective owners. (C) 2001 Motorola,
 Inc. All rights reserved.
 
 

SOURCE Motorola, Inc.
    SCHAUMBURG, Ill., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorola (NYSE:   MOT) today
 announced the i85s and i50sx handsets, which combine many of the capabilities
 of a handheld computer, two-way radio, interactive text pager, and
 Internet-ready mobile phone in a single device. These mobile personal
 companions, which are expected to be available in certain markets beginning
 this month, are the first in a new generation of products from Motorola that
 allows users to expand the functionality of their phones by downloading and
 running applications to meet their individual needs.
     The Motorola i85s and i50sx handsets are the first mobile phones in North
 America to use Java(TM) 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME(TM)) technology, which
 makes small wireless devices more intelligent. This technology allows users to
 constantly update their devices with applications to meet their changing
 needs, in much the same way users upgrade their PCs and handheld computers.
 Additionally users can retrieve information using the phone's "always on"
 Internet access, without the need to establish a dial-up connection. The
 offline capabilities of the Motorola i85s and i50sx handsets allow users to
 access applications residing in the phone even when disconnected from the
 network. Both handsets will come with several applications pre-installed,
 including productivity tools and the Sega game, Borkov.(1) Additional
 applications may be downloaded after purchase.
     Examples of applications users will be able to download include, but are
 not limited to, business applications such as expense reporting, e-mail, and
 corporate directory access; entertainment applications such as games; and
 productivity tools such as notepad and calculator. Both handsets support
 powerful features including voice dialing, a voice recorder for recording
 incoming phone calls or verbal memos, and hands-free speakerphone.(2)
 
     The Motorola i85s handset
     The Motorola i85s handset is designed for the mobile business professional
 who needs to stay connected with people and information to increase
 productivity and save time.
     "The Motorola i85s handset will allow users to merge their various devices
 into one personalized handset to manage their professional and personal
 lives," said Bill Werner, corporate vice president of Motorola and general
 manager of the company's iDEN Subscriber Group. "This is the ideal business
 tool for anyone who needs to stay in touch with people and information to be
 productive and efficient."
     The Motorola i85s handset measures 130 x 50 x 30 mm (5.1 x 1.9 x 1.2
 inches) and weighs 132 grams (4.7 ounces).
 
     The Motorola i50sx handset
     For users who want to express their individuality, the Motorola i50sx
 handset allows them to personalize the look of their handset with
 interchangeable colored faceplates, available in blue, black, green, bronze,
 purple, and silver.
     "The Motorola i50sx handset will allow users to personalize their phones
 both inside and out," said Werner.  "Users can now tailor the phone with
 applications to meet their individual needs and change faceplates to reflect
 their personal style."
     The phone measures 133 x 52 x 30 mm (5.2 x 2 x 1.2 inches) and weighs
 165 grams (5.8 ounces).
     Both handsets will support a variety of optional accessories, including a
 foldable keyboard for messaging and convenient data entry, a hands-free car
 kit, several headsets, chargers, and holders. Interchangeable faceplates in a
 variety of colors will be available for the i50sx model.
     Both handsets will be available through Nextel Communications, Southern
 LINC and Pacific Wireless Technologies in the United States. TELUS Mobility in
 Canada will be offering the i85s handset in the coming months. Prices will be
 determined by carrier.
 
     About Motorola and iDEN
     Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:   MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated
 communications and embedded electronic solutions.  Sales in 2000 were
 $37.6 billion. For more information visit www.motorola.com .
 
     iDEN handsets combine the capabilities of a digital wireless phone, text
 pager, "always connected" Internet microbrowser, and two-way radio to enable
 users to instantly communicate with one or hundreds of individuals at the push
 of a button. For further information on iDEN handsets, visit
 www.motorola.com/iden .
 
     1. Pre-installed applications vary by service provider.
     2. These features ship with the i85s and may be added to the i50sx for an
        additional charge.
 
 
     MOTOROLA, the Stylized M Logo and all other trademarks indicated as such
 herein are trademarks of Motorola. Inc. (R) Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. Java and
 all other Java-based marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other product or
 service names are the property of their respective owners. (C) 2001 Motorola,
 Inc. All rights reserved.
 
 SOURCE  Motorola, Inc.

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