We have to admit that we're not
big fans of the whole push-to-talk thing -- something about that annoying "chirp chirp" followed by both
parties repeatedly querying "where you at?" -- so we were naturally a bit disappointed to learn that Sprint-Nextel
will begin releasing dual-network phones
that only incorporate iDEN functionality to feed people's nasty PTT habit.
As we'd heard last month, Sprint-Nextel will start rolling out a series of these iDEN/CDMA with EV-DO Rev. A handsets
near the end of the year, and now the first pictures of two models from Motorola have surfaced. Besides their ability
to jump on iDEN for walkie-talkie action, nothing really stands out about these devices; they both incorporate the same
function-over-fashion design that we've come to know, if not love, from the Nextel-Moto alliance. PCS Intel reports that
these two unnamed handsets could go on sale as early as November, for an unknown price, with more feature-filled (read:
multimedia-centric) models popping up in the second quarter of next year.
[Thanks, John R.]