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Motorola Introduces i500plus Multi-Service Digital Wireless Phone; Affordable WAP-Compliant Phone with Two-Way Radio, Paging and Internet Capabilities

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--August 2, 1999--Motorola today unveiled the affordable i500plus™ multi-service digital wireless phone. This sculptured handset integrates the capabilities of a digital wireless phone, text pager and a two-way radio, for instant conversations with one or even hundreds of people at the push of a button. Additionally, this WAP (Wireless Application Protocol)-compliant phone features Internet microbrowser, two-way e-mail and wireless modem functionality.

The i500plus phone will enable users to access Internet-based information such as news, stock quotes, phone number look-up, weather updates, airline information and a scheduling calendar. The i500plus phone features an Internet microbrowser, allowing users wireless e-mail and database access through corporate intranet Web servers. The WAP-compliant UP.Browser is licensed from Phone.com. The phone will have the ability to connect through a cable to personal digital assistants (PDAs), such as the Palm Pilot and Windows CE devices as well as notebook PCs, allowing the i500plus handset to act as a wireless modem to send and receive faxes through standard interface applications and access dial-up networks for e-mail and full Internet browser services.

"With the Internet capabilities of the Motorola i500plus a user can check news, weather and stocks, find phone number and address information, and even get driving directions--all using this portable, multi-service phone," said Sam Desai, senior vice president of Motorola and general manager of the iDEN Subscriber Group. "We expect the extensive capabilities and affordability of this phone to appeal to a broad base of wireless users."

Measuring 5.2 x 2.1 x 1.4 inches (132 x 54 x 36 mm), the multi-service i500plus handset weighs only 7 ounces (204 grams) with a slim battery. Standby time on the i500plus phone is up to 75 hours or talk time of up to 240 minutes with a standard Nickel Metal Hydride battery(1).

The Motorola i500plus phone incorporates features such as call waiting, automatic redial, call forwarding and speed dial, in addition to the Quickstore™ feature which allows a user to easily store a phone number displayed in Caller ID(2).

Available through authorized distributors, a full line of optional accessories will be available to complement the i500plus phone, including:

  • Data cables for hook-up to a PC, Palm Pilot and common personal digital assistant.
  • Charging options include a standard charger, rapid charger, desktop charger and a car charger.
  • Desktop data charger stand for charging a battery while still using the phone and data capabilities.
  • Hands-Free Car Adapter with a built-in speaker and a visor microphone.
  • Audio Adapter for use with earpiece and plug-in headset options.
  • Leather carrying case and swivel belt clip for easy portability.

iDEN systems are operational in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore and the United States.

Motorola is a global leader in advanced electronic systems and services. It liberates the power of technology by creating software-enhanced products that provide integrated customer solutions and Internet access via wireless and satellite communications, as well as computing, networking, and automotive electronics. Motorola also provides essential digital building blocks in the form of embedded semiconductors, controls and systems. Sales in 1998 were $29.4 billion.

Visit Motorola on the Web at www.motorola.com

Editors Note: Separate announcements to be made today by iDEN network operators

Motorola, iDEN, i500plus and Quickstore are trademarks or registered trademarks of Motorola, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. (1) may vary slightly depending on network configuration (2) requires service subscription

David Kurt, 847/538-3113
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Christy Frederick, 312/396-9732
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