Motorola Rolls Out Eco, Touch and PTT Phones
Today Motorola announced three new handsets that will become available through several different carriers over the course of the next few months.
- Renew W233: According to Motorola, the W233 is the first phone made from recycled water bottles. It has a carbon neutral footprint for those who are interested in keeping their carbon consumption to a minimum, it also cost 20% less to manufacture. In order to offset the energy used to produce, ship and power the W233, Motorola is making investments in renewable energy programs. The bar-style phone has dual-band 850/1900 GSM/EDGE radios, is rated at nine hours of talk time, and uses CrystalTalk for good call quality. It can support microSD cards up to 2GB and has basic messaging features.
- SURF A3100: The A3100 is a touch-based replacement for the Ming device that has been available in Asian markets. It runs Windows Mobile Professional 6.1, but has a new user interface created by Motorola that allows users to interact with most features of the phone on the 2.8-inch display. It has quad-band GSM/EDGE as well as 850/1900/2100 tri-band HSDPA 7.2Mbps 3G. It also carriers stereo Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Other features include a 3 megapixel camera with autofocus and VGA secondary camera, support for 32GB microSD cards, and a-GPS. It will be available in select Asian markets during the first quarter. No North American release date has been set.
- Tundra VA76r: This mil-spec, ruggedized clamshell is bound for AT&T's network and offers push-to-talk service via AT&T's Kodiak technology. It is the first phone from Motorola to offer CrystalTalk Plus, which uses a second microphone to filter out and reduce background noise. The Tundra runs Motorola's MOTOMAGX platform, and carries quad-band GSM/EDGE and dual-band 850/1900 HSDPA 3.2Mbps. It also has a 2 megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, aGPS and support for a 4GB microSD card.
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