Motorola reveals two new Nextel phones – i335 and ic602

Following on the heels of news that Sprint has made a major breakthrough in integrating the Nextel “chirp” feature into it’s CDMA network, Motorola has released a couple new iDEN phones – the ic603 being a hybrid iDEN/CDMA handset.

The i335 is marketed as an entry-level candy-bar with a rubbery finish. Not much else to mention on that front, other than the i335 bears a striking resemblance to the i290 that we showed you a little while ago. The rubbery finish and sleek styling are a welcome departure from the normally staid designs we’ve seen in the past – even if it is on a low-end handset that lacks a camera.

Motorola i335

The ic602 is a mid-range hybrid Nextel/Sprint combo-phone. The clamshell is bulky and even has an ugly antenna, as we have come to expect from iDEN phones – but it will work on CDMA and iDEN networks, dramatically increasing the coverage range of the phones. The ic602 is reported to be packing EVDO, and a 2 megapixel camera, but no memory card slot or music-player.

Motorola ic602

Both handsets are expected to launch later this year. Pricing is not yet known.

We’re a bit surprised to see Motorola still pumping out iDEN phones, considering the iDEN network is rumored to be slated for commercial shutdown in the near future. And, speaking of which, why would Sprint want to merge the “chirp” feature from a network that is rumored to be doomed for re-purposing?

[Via: Gearlog]

  • K

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  • L

    As far as Iden going away it’s just that a rumor and will not be going away anytime soon

  • lance

    People fail to relize that Nextel is a Walkie-talkie service that also has cell service..Cell service will only work on Walkie-talkie towers. They dont have alot of towers because it is not neccessare for Direct connect to work..No one has ever said they have problems with D.C. service. They complain about cell coverage but they are paying the same price for cell min. that every company provides for close if not almost exact for just cell min. While the Nextel customers get both services for the same price. You cant have it both ways. It is better than any service on the market because its the only one that gives you two services for the price of one. Dont like it, dont use it and pay for just cell coverage which will still be Sprint service and your price is still the same

  • Will Park

    You make a very good point. Nextel’s DC feature is unrivaled. The question is, “Is Nextel’s DC feature enough to keep it’s subscriber base happy?” I personally never use the DC feature of my Nextel phone.

  • L

    acording to our customers as long as cell coverage gets better they will keep there direct connect.The direct connect network is not going anywhere for years to come.That comes from the FCC.Thats why Sprint is incorporating the two systems

  • RC

    A quick correction to above:

    Tower reception IS required for direct connect service to work. I can “beep” or “chirp” any nextel user, nationwide. There is a unit to unit connection called “Direct Talk” that does not require tower service. IDEN has great coverage in most major metro areas and along Interstates. I can drive from Chicago to Indianapolis without losing a signal, for example.

    I switched to AT&T and was satisfied with coverage in the Chicagoland area, but very much missed the direct connect feature. I work in public safety and almost all of us have nextel. It’s like a second radio frequency for us.

  • Jason Hawes, Jr.

    The ic605 and all IC series Nextels are great units. They use the CDMA technology for voice so the user gets top notch voice coverage and the Nextel iDEN system for all direct connect calls. Sprint/Nextel DC is not going anywhere for a long time as it is one of the best productivity tools ever designed.

    It is so great to be able to quickly communicate a message or question to fellow Nextel users! I can’t imagine going back to having to phone people to ask simple quick questions!

    As for making fun of the ic602’s style, that phone is not a toy. It is a real phone made to military specs for resistance to moisture, heat and extreme cold making it one of the best phones made.

  • jason007

    I have the new i335, and believe me after using an i355 for a couple years…..the i335 is not a joke.
    This unit is fantastic with excellent call quality.
    Really slim and light but also built to military specifications. The new style keypad is awesome with large easy to see numbers……lights up in luminescent red..extremely nice.

  • Katlyn B

    Heyy this is my first time
    looking at these phone.
    i think i might go with the nextel i335
    i hope it works good i sure do know that
    it looks AWESOME.
    hope it does just send a message letting me
    know how AWESOME it is.

  • Raidium

    Well, it is a nice phone for the price. And it is one of the few Nextel phones that has Bluetooth but other then that, it really has only the most basic of features not including a camera. But still, a nice phone. 😀

  • mike wangsness

    does the motorola have a camera in it does it last long i’m just asking cause i might get one

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