Introduces i500plus Multi-Service Digital Wireless Phone; Affordable
WAP-Compliant Phone with Two-Way Radio, Paging and Internet Capabilities
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
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,
Data cables for hook-up to a PC, Palm Pilot and common personal
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
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
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
Christy Frederick, 312/396-9732