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Motorola i856 iDEN slider in the wild

Chris Ziegler
Okay, now that Motorola has a genuinely decent-looking iDEN flip in the wild -- the i9 -- what's the next step? A decent-looking slider, naturally! This here is the i856 from Moto, featuring a 2.2-inch display, 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.0, microSD expansion, and... well, of course, push-to-talk. By GSM or CDMA standards, it's not much of a phone, but you're going to be hard-pressed to find another slider (particularly one that puts half an effort into looking good) on iDEN airwaves -- and on a carrier like Boost, we can see this playing pretty well (whether this is the rumored "Banfi" for Boost, we're not sure, but it looks like it could be). Look for it to hit sundry carriers around the world toward the end of the third quarter for a bit less dough than the i9.