In mid-March we saw Motorola's rugged Push-to-Talk Android-powered i1 announced, which was at the time, destined for Sprint. Now we are seeing that the phone is destined to hit Boost Mobile stores, Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores on June 20th. Possibly the most astounding part is that the phone will be offered without a contract.
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AndroidGuys writes that the phone will feature "a 3.1-inch HVGA touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera, Android 1.6, and support for WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS."
According to Phandroid, the phone will be available for $50 per month and will come with unlimited data, text messaging, and calls. They also mention that "$349.99 has long been its rumored cost."
Here is a segment from their official press release:
Boost Mobile Brings Android to Prepaid with Launch of Motorola i1
National distribution at Boost Mobile Exclusive Retail Stores, all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores beginning June 20
IRVINE, Calif., Jun 03, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) –In a world of “firsts,” the Motorola i1 from Boost Mobile(R) brings new meaning to the word. Available nationally at Boost Mobile Exclusive Retail Stores, Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile standalone stores, i1 is the first walkie-talkie enabled touchscreen phone powered by Android(TM) from Boost Mobile.
“Last year Boost disrupted the wireless marketplace with the $50 Monthly Unlimited offer, and we are doing it again with the launch of the Motorola i1,” said Neil Lindsay, chief marketing officer, Boost Mobile. “Together with Motorola, we are able to offer the Android experience to those customers who enjoy the walkie-talkie feature. And with 1,100 Best Buy locations, 80 Best Buy Mobile stores and exclusive Boost Mobile stores nationwide, customers will not have to search far to find this hot handset.”
The i1 has an industry-leading 5MP camera, a vivid 3.1-inch HVGA display, and is one of the first devices to feature the new optimized Opera Mini 5 Web Browser. Combined with the Boost Mobile ‘Monthly Unlimited’ service, with unlimited nationwide talk, text and Web for $50 per month, staying connected has never been easier. The i1 also comes equipped with Wi-Fi and is one of the first Android phones to integrate new SWYPE(R) technology for quicker-than-ever messaging.
“Best Buy Mobile is excited to be the first national retailer to bring a prepaid Android smartphone to customers who are looking for greater payment flexibility when it comes to their smartphone,” said Scott Anderson, senior director at Best Buy Mobile. “One of our promises to customers is to provide the best options and choices available in the mobile marketplace. Exclusively bringing great products like the Motorola i1 to consumers helps us make good on that commitment. ”
“Motorola remains focused on delivering differentiated Android experiences within our product portfolio,” said Jeff Miller, vice president, Motorola Mobile Devices. “With the Motorola i1, we’re excited to offer Boost users the opportunity to enjoy a feature-rich Android smartphone with walkie-talkie capability.”
Motorola i1 Features
Touchscreen smartphone powered by Android(TM)
5MP camera with autofocus, flash and video
Access to Email Exchange, Gmail(R), MSN(R), Yahoo!(R) and more
Instant Messaging (Google Talk(TM) preloaded, supports additional messaging clients via download such as Yahoo!(R), AIM(R) and more)
Opera Mini 5 & Android browsers
Stereo Bluetooth(R) capable
2GB microSD card (supports up to 32GB)
Optional SWYPE(TM) virtual keypad
About Boost Mobile
Head on over to AndroidCentral to check out their hands-on with the device.
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