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Walkie-talkie phone has split personality

Motorola's combo handset has at least one thing the iPhone doesn't.

Boost Mobile

Maybe Motorola is onto something with this walkie-talkie stuff. After all, it's one of the few functions the iPhone doesn't have (yet). And unlike the T.J. Hooker-style units of years past, some of the new models are barely distinguishable from fashion-conscious mobile phones.

In fact, according to SlashGear, Motorola's new i425 handset serves as both phone and walkie-talkie, with GPS features thrown in for good measure, all in a black or white case that's a half-inch thick and weighs 3.88 ounces. It's available from Sprint's Boost Mobile service on a pay-as-you-go plan.

Why does anyone need a walkie-talkie, you might ask? Because after your "Seismic Watch" successfully predicts when when the Big One will hit, you'll still be able to make calls. Maybe.