updated 07:50 am EST, Fri February 6, 2009
Moto i365IS at Sprint
Sprint this morning held a low-key launch for the Motorola i365IS. The special variant of the push-to-talk iDEN phone earns its suffix for its modified, "intrinsically safe" design: the walkie-talkie shaped phone has a battery and protection that reduce the chemical and electrical output enough to prevent either from sparking a fire in an environment with flammable gas or other dangerous materials. It also has an emergency group call mode that not only speaks to the whole push-to-talk group but puts out a tone to signal the urgent nature of the call.
The handset focuses chiefly on calling and has the ability to listen in on four total groups as well as the ability to directly speak to a local group even when the iDEN network isn't available; nonetheless, it also includes GPS and Bluetooth. Sprint hasn't said whether the i365IS' availability or pricing is different from the stock i365, which costs $90 on a two-year plan and $240 when contract-free.