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Nextel Intros Color Java Phone

Nextel Communications Inc. and Motorola, Inc. announced a color display, Java technology-enabled phone for the U.S. -- the Motorola i95cl, available Monday from Nextel.

This clam-shaped phone incorporates Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME) technology, which allows users to customize their handsets with applications. It has a 120 x 160-pixel color display that can show up to 256 colors for Java applications. To accommodate color applications such as games and streaming video, the phone offers expanded Java functionality. It contains expanded memory capabilities, enhanced T9 text input and Lightweight Windowing Toolkit (LWT) functionality. Ten pre-loaded musical files and nine selectable ring styles allow users to personalize the handset with rich polyphonic sound. A color, animated icon-based menu allows easy navigation of the phone's many features.

Pre-installed Java applications include the games EA SPORTS PGA TOUR Golf provided by JAMDAT Mobile Inc. and MotoGP from THQ; as well as a calculator tool, expense pad, and several selectable wallpaper patterns. Nextel Wireless Web customers can download additional applications and musical MIDI ring tones at www.nextel.com/idenupdate.

This handset has a built-in speakerphone, voice-activated dialing, and voice recorder. Nextel Direct Connect, available on all Nextel phones, allows users to communicate instantly with one or up to 100 individuals at the touch of a button. The flip phone's exterior display allows access to the Caller ID, date and time, and VibraCall alert without opening the handset, and the smart button enables multiple tasks to be performed with a single keystroke. The large interior display makes dialing more accessible, as each number pressed can be confirmed by a large, full-screen digit.

The Motorola i95cl handset has a silver finish with a navy blue flip. It measures 3.5 x 1.9 x 1.2 inches (90 mm x 50 mm x 32.25 mm), has a 1.14 x 1.49 inch (29 mm x 38 mm) color display. It weighs 4.9 ounces (155 grams) with the slim battery and 5.3 ounces (165 grams) with the standard battery. It comes with a high-performance battery that offers 206 minutes of talk time and 75 hours of standby time, a rapid travel charger, and a belt clip.

The Motorola i95cl carries a suggested retail price of $399.99 and is available immediately at more than 200 Nextel retail stores, from over 1,600 authorized Nextel dealers, on the Web at www.nextel.com, or by calling 1-800-NEXTEL9.