Sprint Camera Cell Phones: High Bred Hybrids
The merger of Sprint and Nextel, or more precisely, the Sprint purchase of Nextel Communications, was finalized in August of 2005. Sprint Nextel is still offering wireless service under both names, but in order to make sure it will keep the more than sixteen million Nextel subscribers in the folds, promised cell phones compatible with both the Sprint and Nextel networks. And the first hybrid Sprint camera cell phones, the Motorola ic902s, appeared in July 2007.
Motorola ic902 Sprint camera cell phones are the third in the Sprint Nextel PowerSource line of cellular phones to offer their users access to the Sprint wireless network for their voice phone calls and to the Nextel wireless network for their Direct Connect Push-to-Talk Walkie-Talkie Service. The PowerSource line of hybrid phones was introduced in November of 2006 with the Motorola ic502. That phone, however, was very poorly received because of its limited features.
But the ic902 Sprint camera cell phones have more than compensated for the shortcomings of its predecessor. The ic902 is equipped with Sprint's EV-DO plan which enables its users to satisfy their need for an up-to-the minute multimedia experience with live feeds from the Sprint Power Vision Network and an MP3 player to satisfy their need for songs from the Sprint Music Store.
The ic902 Sprint camera cell phones, in fact, will let their users download music from the Sprint Music Store both to their PCs and their phones at the same time. Not only that, the ic902 Sprint camera cell phones will load songs from the PC directly via the USB cable included in their packages. They have both repeat and shuffle modes, and the included headsets work for both answering calls and enjoying downloaded music.
The ic902 Sprint camera cell phones will function as mini-cinemas, with Sprint Movies offering a selection of pay-per-view movies, and any users who like to keep up with the news, weather, their favorite sports teams, or their stock portfolios can do so with Sprint on Demand.
The 2.0 megapixel cameras of the ic902 Sprint camera cell phones will take still pictures in three qualities and any of five resolutions ranging from 1600 x 1200 down to 160 x 120. The phones' camcorders can record video clips of up to thirty seconds for mail transmission, or will record video until its memory is exhausted. The video too is available in different resolutions: 320 x240, 176 x144, and 128 x 96.
One area in which the ic902 Sprint camera cell phones are faithful to their Nextel heritage is in their utilitarian design. With a very workmanlike gray coating, they weigh just under five ounces and measure 3.8" x 2" x 0.9". But their exterior displays, in a departure from Nextel tradition, support an amazing 262,000 colors and iare large enough to show the date, time, caller ID, and signal and battery strengths. The external displays also double as the phones' camera viewfinders.
The ic902 Sprint camera cell phones are available only in areas served by both the Sprint and Nextel wireless networks, and are not cheap. They retail at $489.99, but those who sign up with Sprint Nextel will receive $150 in instant savings and a $40 mail-in rebated, reducing the cost to $299.99.