Nextel plans Smartphone, Wi-Fi phones

Nextel Communications by next year will offer a mobile phone with Motorola  based on Microsoft’s Windows Powered Smartphone platform, and in the second quarter of this year the carrier will begin trials with a phone that can be used on Wi-Fi wireless LANs, a Nextel executive said here Sunday.

The Smartphone device will support tri-band GSM/GPRS (Global System for Mobile Communications/General Packet Radio Service) as well as Nextel’s iDEN (Integrated Digital Enhanced Network) infrastructure, according to Barry West, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Nextel, in an interview following a Nextel briefing.


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