Motorola weds Sprint and Nextel

Motorola introduces the first cell phone to operate on CDMA and iDEN networks.

In addition to its Razr announcements today , Motorola formally unveiled its first dual-mode iDEN/CDMA handset. The Motorola ic502 will operate on Sprint's CDMA network for voice calls, then switch to Nextel's iDEN network for push-to-talk (PTT) conversations. Other features appear to be slim, but the handset should offer a speakerphone, basic organizer functions, and compatibility for 1xRTT data networks. The design doesn't look too impressive, but it promises the trademark Nextel durability. We don't have pricing and availability at the moment, but we'll report back when we get that info.

Motorola also took the wraps off the Motorola i885 for Boost Mobile. The youth-focused handset offers a 2-megapixel camera, a digital music player, customized color skins and themes, and support for the carrier's PTT networks. For a full analysis of the i885, check out our review.

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