Motorola Reinvents the Wireless Phone as Digital Personal Companion

First two Java(TM) technology-enabled handsets in North America



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

    SCHAUMBURG, Ill., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorola (NYSE:   MOT) today
 announced a new generation of wireless handsets that bring computing power to
 the palm of your hand and combine many of the capabilities of a handheld
 computer, two-way radio, interactive pager, and Internet-ready mobile phone in
 a single device.  Users can easily and repeatedly customize these Java
 technology-enabled wireless handsets to meet their individual needs by
 downloading and running applications.  These personal companion devices will
 be available through iDEN(R) network operators in certain markets beginning
 this month.
     Two new handset models, the Motorola i85s and i50sx, provide a convenient
 way for users to manage their personal and professional lives and are the
 first wireless phones in North America to incorporate Java(TM) 2 Platform,
 Micro Edition (J2ME(TM)), a software environment from Sun Microsystems.  With
 these new handsets a user can schedule a meeting in the phone's datebook,
 submit an expense report to the office remotely, use two-way messaging to stay
 in touch with family members, play a Sega game during downtime, and much more.
 Users can also place and receive phone calls or use the handset's two-way
 radio capabilities, which offer instant communication with one or hundreds of
 individuals at the touch of a button.  These models commenced shipment last
 month.
     These new models were designed to offer an unprecedented level of
 personalization to meet a wide variety of preferences.  Users can easily
 change the Motorola i85s handset's settings to adapt to different
 environments, such as the home, office and the car, which can be accessed
 through the phone's voice recognition feature.  For example, when in a
 meeting, the user can set a style that will activate the phone's VibraCall(R)
 alert, filter for important calls and change the size of the display text.
     Both handsets have sufficient flash memory to store several applications,
 which can be repeatedly updated to meet the users' changing needs.  The
 handsets will come with several applications pre-installed, including
 productivity tools and the Sega game, Borkov.(1)  The offline capabilities of
 J2ME technology enable users to run applications even when disconnected from
 the network.
     "These handsets are all-in-one personal companions, allowing users to stay
 in touch with people and information to better manage their lives," said Bill
 Werner, corporate vice president of Motorola and general manager of the
 company's iDEN Subscriber Group.  "For the first time, users will be able to
 customize their phones with applications to meet their individual needs, while
 offering the flexibility to change the applications as their needs change."
 
     Motorola i85s and i50sx handsets
     This new product family will include several J2ME technology-enabled
 models.  The first models in this new product category are the Motorola i85s
 and the i50sx handsets.  These models will be available beginning this month
 through iDEN network operators including Nextel Communications, Southern LINC,
 and Pacific Wireless Technologies in the United States.  TELUS Mobility in
 Canada will offer the i85s handset in the coming months.  Pricing and
 availability will be determined by each service provider.
     The Motorola i85s handset is designed for the mobile business professional
 who needs to stay connected with people and information to communicate more
 effectively, increase productivity and save time.  For users who want to
 express their individuality, the Motorola i50sx handset will feature
 interchangeable faceplates in a variety of colors.  Both handsets support
 powerful new features including voice dialing, a voice recorder for taking
 verbal notes and customizable menus.(2)
     "J2ME technology-enabled devices, like the Motorola i85s and i50sx
 handsets, promise to revolutionize the way people communicate and simplify
 their busy lives by combining existing technologies -- a digital wireless
 phone, two-way radio, alphanumeric pager, and Internet microbrowser -- with
 the computing power of Java technology in a single, palm-size device," said
 Mark Driver, research director for Gartner Group.
     The Motorola i85s and i50sx handsets are the world's first wireless
 handsets with Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP) certification from Sun
 Microsystems, and Motorola is one of the first handset manufacturers in the
 world that is CLDC (Connected Limited Device Configuration) compliant.  This
 certification allows J2ME technology-enabled iDEN handsets to carry Sun's Java
 technology logo.
     "Sun salutes Motorola in the milestone development of the world's first
 J2ME handset that supports the MIDP to ship commercially," said George
 Paolini, vice president, technology advocacy and marketing, Sun Microsystems.
 "With Java technology integrated into the innovative design of the i85s and
 i50sx handsets, mobile users will be able to enjoy new, exciting downloadable
 services."
 
     Software Update Site
     Motorola will be introducing iDEN Update ( www.motorola.com/idenupdate ),
 a website that will allow users to personalize their J2ME technology-enabled
 iDEN handsets with applications.  Users will be able to quickly and easily
 update their iDEN handsets with applications such as notepad, calculators and
 games.
 
     Accessories
     Both the Motorola i85s and i50sx 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.
 
     Alliances
     Motorola has been working with a number of solution providers to develop
 J2ME applications for the handset platform.  Previously, Motorola announced
 alliances with Sega, Bonita and HiddenMind, among others.
 
     Customer Care Website
     To further its commitment to total customer satisfaction, Motorola
 announced today the introduction of the iDEN online customer support center at
 www.motorola.com/iden/support .  This web site offers numerous services to
 support the needs of the users, authorized dealers and service providers 24
 hours a day, 7 days a week.  In addition, the website enables users access to
 new product training, frequently asked questions, the latest software
 downloads, and much more.  In addition, it allows users to submit and track
 repair service online.
 
     Developer Support Program
     Motorola's new iDEN handsets can run certified applications developed by
 J2ME software developers.  To facilitate the development of compelling
 applications, Motorola's iDEN Subscriber Group has established a comprehensive
 developer support program that provides developers with virtually everything
 they need to develop, deploy and commercialize their J2ME applications for
 iDEN handsets, including development tools, technical support, marketing, and
 distribution.  For more information or to obtain a free CD-ROM, visit
 www.motorola.com/idendev.3 .
 
     About Motorola
     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 .  For further
 information on iDEN handsets, visit www.motorola.com/iden .
 
      (1) Pre-installed applications vary by service provider.  Additional
          applications may be downloaded from iDEN Update at
          www.motorola.com/idenupdate .
      (2) Certain features are optional and may be purchased for an additional
          charge.
      (3) Due to export regulations, Motorola can only ship to certain
          countries.  A shipping charge will be added to orders outside the
          United States.  Please see www.motorola.com/idendev for further
          details.
 
     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.
 
 

SOURCE Motorola, Inc.
    SCHAUMBURG, Ill., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorola (NYSE:   MOT) today
 announced a new generation of wireless handsets that bring computing power to
 the palm of your hand and combine many of the capabilities of a handheld
 computer, two-way radio, interactive pager, and Internet-ready mobile phone in
 a single device.  Users can easily and repeatedly customize these Java
 technology-enabled wireless handsets to meet their individual needs by
 downloading and running applications.  These personal companion devices will
 be available through iDEN(R) network operators in certain markets beginning
 this month.
     Two new handset models, the Motorola i85s and i50sx, provide a convenient
 way for users to manage their personal and professional lives and are the
 first wireless phones in North America to incorporate Java(TM) 2 Platform,
 Micro Edition (J2ME(TM)), a software environment from Sun Microsystems.  With
 these new handsets a user can schedule a meeting in the phone's datebook,
 submit an expense report to the office remotely, use two-way messaging to stay
 in touch with family members, play a Sega game during downtime, and much more.
 Users can also place and receive phone calls or use the handset's two-way
 radio capabilities, which offer instant communication with one or hundreds of
 individuals at the touch of a button.  These models commenced shipment last
 month.
     These new models were designed to offer an unprecedented level of
 personalization to meet a wide variety of preferences.  Users can easily
 change the Motorola i85s handset's settings to adapt to different
 environments, such as the home, office and the car, which can be accessed
 through the phone's voice recognition feature.  For example, when in a
 meeting, the user can set a style that will activate the phone's VibraCall(R)
 alert, filter for important calls and change the size of the display text.
     Both handsets have sufficient flash memory to store several applications,
 which can be repeatedly updated to meet the users' changing needs.  The
 handsets will come with several applications pre-installed, including
 productivity tools and the Sega game, Borkov.(1)  The offline capabilities of
 J2ME technology enable users to run applications even when disconnected from
 the network.
     "These handsets are all-in-one personal companions, allowing users to stay
 in touch with people and information to better manage their lives," said Bill
 Werner, corporate vice president of Motorola and general manager of the
 company's iDEN Subscriber Group.  "For the first time, users will be able to
 customize their phones with applications to meet their individual needs, while
 offering the flexibility to change the applications as their needs change."
 
     Motorola i85s and i50sx handsets
     This new product family will include several J2ME technology-enabled
 models.  The first models in this new product category are the Motorola i85s
 and the i50sx handsets.  These models will be available beginning this month
 through iDEN network operators including Nextel Communications, Southern LINC,
 and Pacific Wireless Technologies in the United States.  TELUS Mobility in
 Canada will offer the i85s handset in the coming months.  Pricing and
 availability will be determined by each service provider.
     The Motorola i85s handset is designed for the mobile business professional
 who needs to stay connected with people and information to communicate more
 effectively, increase productivity and save time.  For users who want to
 express their individuality, the Motorola i50sx handset will feature
 interchangeable faceplates in a variety of colors.  Both handsets support
 powerful new features including voice dialing, a voice recorder for taking
 verbal notes and customizable menus.(2)
     "J2ME technology-enabled devices, like the Motorola i85s and i50sx
 handsets, promise to revolutionize the way people communicate and simplify
 their busy lives by combining existing technologies -- a digital wireless
 phone, two-way radio, alphanumeric pager, and Internet microbrowser -- with
 the computing power of Java technology in a single, palm-size device," said
 Mark Driver, research director for Gartner Group.
     The Motorola i85s and i50sx handsets are the world's first wireless
 handsets with Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP) certification from Sun
 Microsystems, and Motorola is one of the first handset manufacturers in the
 world that is CLDC (Connected Limited Device Configuration) compliant.  This
 certification allows J2ME technology-enabled iDEN handsets to carry Sun's Java
 technology logo.
     "Sun salutes Motorola in the milestone development of the world's first
 J2ME handset that supports the MIDP to ship commercially," said George
 Paolini, vice president, technology advocacy and marketing, Sun Microsystems.
 "With Java technology integrated into the innovative design of the i85s and
 i50sx handsets, mobile users will be able to enjoy new, exciting downloadable
 services."
 
     Software Update Site
     Motorola will be introducing iDEN Update ( www.motorola.com/idenupdate ),
 a website that will allow users to personalize their J2ME technology-enabled
 iDEN handsets with applications.  Users will be able to quickly and easily
 update their iDEN handsets with applications such as notepad, calculators and
 games.
 
     Accessories
     Both the Motorola i85s and i50sx 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.
 
     Alliances
     Motorola has been working with a number of solution providers to develop
 J2ME applications for the handset platform.  Previously, Motorola announced
 alliances with Sega, Bonita and HiddenMind, among others.
 
     Customer Care Website
     To further its commitment to total customer satisfaction, Motorola
 announced today the introduction of the iDEN online customer support center at
 www.motorola.com/iden/support .  This web site offers numerous services to
 support the needs of the users, authorized dealers and service providers 24
 hours a day, 7 days a week.  In addition, the website enables users access to
 new product training, frequently asked questions, the latest software
 downloads, and much more.  In addition, it allows users to submit and track
 repair service online.
 
     Developer Support Program
     Motorola's new iDEN handsets can run certified applications developed by
 J2ME software developers.  To facilitate the development of compelling
 applications, Motorola's iDEN Subscriber Group has established a comprehensive
 developer support program that provides developers with virtually everything
 they need to develop, deploy and commercialize their J2ME applications for
 iDEN handsets, including development tools, technical support, marketing, and
 distribution.  For more information or to obtain a free CD-ROM, visit
 www.motorola.com/idendev.3 .
 
     About Motorola
     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 .  For further
 information on iDEN handsets, visit www.motorola.com/iden .
 
      (1) Pre-installed applications vary by service provider.  Additional
          applications may be downloaded from iDEN Update at
          www.motorola.com/idenupdate .
      (2) Certain features are optional and may be purchased for an additional
          charge.
      (3) Due to export regulations, Motorola can only ship to certain
          countries.  A shipping charge will be added to orders outside the
          United States.  Please see www.motorola.com/idendev for further
          details.
 
     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.
 
 SOURCE  Motorola, Inc.

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