Motorola launches push-to-talk slider phone

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IRVINE, USA: Boost Mobile, a division of Sprint that offers wireless phones and services with no contracts, credit checks or activation fees and Motorola has announced the launch of its first push-to-talk slider phone.

The Motorola Debut i856 gives Boost Mobile customers full advantage of a handset that glides open and closed with ease for instant communication.

With its nationwide walkie-talkie and enhanced features, Debut is a perfect match for Boost’s $50 Monthly Unlimited plan, which offers unlimited, nationwide, anytime calling, text messaging1, wireless Web1 and walkie-talkie service in 17,500 cities throughout the United States on the Nextel National Network – all with no additional telecom taxes, activation, roaming, traveling or long distance fees.


“Motorola Debut enhances the walkie-talkie experience further by incorporating the favorite traits among feature phones,” said Richard Gadd, vice president, Motorola Mobile Devices. “Now Boost Mobile customers can continue to stay in constant contact with the added control of a slider and the fun of camera and music features.”

“Our wildly popular Monthly Unlimited service is attracting customers who are more likely to purchase higher-end phones,” said Matt Carter, Boost Mobile President. “The Motorola Debut i856 phone meets the need for this demand with compelling multimedia features, including a 1.3MP camera with video capture, instant music access and Stereo Bluetooth capabilities into a sleek but durable design that fits comfortably in a pocket or purse.”

Motorola Debut will be available to consumers today at with free shipping for the price of $169.99.


Connect Anytime

When you need a fast response, Motorola Debut manages the conversation with favorite push-to-talk features. The compact slider design gives easier access to the keypad along with the security of keeping keys protected when not in use. Control your music, take calls, view messages1 and access the Web1, all with the slider closed. Threaded texting1 allows you to view entire conversations all on one screen.

Once your message is ready to go, send it in the background and move on to other applications.


Mix it up with Music

Instantly open up your song library with a dedicated music key and play music the way it was meant to sound on dual speakers with enhanced 3D audio. Listen to your music your way with a 3.5mm headset jack for wired headphones or wirelessly using stereo Bluetooth®2 and keep your music in constant rotation by easily swapping songs from your desktop and storing up to 10 hours of music with 8GB of optional removable memory3. With an easy-to-use camera and video capture and playback you no longer have to rely just on your memory.

The Best from Boost


Boost Mobile now offers a selection of quality handsets from Motorola, including entry-level handsets, mid-range clam shell phones featuring Stereo Bluetooth capabilities, a QWERTY keyboard device, and now a slider phone – all with worry-free calling plans that enable customers to pay by the minute, day or month.

Motorola Debut i856 Features:

•Nationwide Walkie Talkie capability

•Slider Design

•Music Player with Standard Audio Jack

•1.3MP Camera with Video

•Stereo Bluetooth capabilities2

•GPS & Wireless Web Enabled1

•Multi Media & Text Messaging1

•Optional Removable Memory (microSD Support up to 8GB)

•Color Display

•Speakerphone with Voice-Activated Dialing