updated 09:20 am EDT, Wed October 1, 2008
MOTOACTV W450 at T-Mo
T-Mobile today became the next US carrier to pick up a ruggedized Motorola phone with the MOTOACTV W450. Also called just the Motorola Active, the clamshell phone has a design made for hiking and other exercise with a rubber-like outer texture and a built-in location to clip the phone to a belt. T-Mobile also preloads the phone with Mayo Clinic software to help diagnose medical trouble outdoors.
Like its competitors at other networks, the W450 is also still skewed towards everyday home users with a 1.3-megapixel camera, media playback and a regular microSD slot that holds up to 2GB of flash storage. The MOTOACTV is already available today and ships in slate gray and white models for about $30 after factoring in a two-year plan and discounts.