After the Motorola i880 found a place for itself on the Sprint Nextel, the second rugged IDEN phone, Motorola ic502 has reached Sprint. The cross-platform handet willl run on Sprint’s CDMA network for voice communication and will operate on Nextel’s iDEN network for push-to-talk (PTT) conversations. The ic502 will feature all the Nextel’s hand outs including integrated GPS, Direct Talk, Direct Send support, a speakerphone and compatibility for Java applications.
Other salient features of the Motorola’s rugged ic502 are Military Standard 810 F-meant for dust, shock, vibration, extremes of temperature, low pressure, and solar radiation, 64k TFT display, and PCS Vision services for wireless web access.
Anyway, the ic502 will launch only in select markets including Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Orlando and Washington D.C. The hybrid handset will set you back $249 but the cost will cut down to around $59 with a two-year contract.