January 11, 2010
Motorola Brute i680 Military Specification810F certified for dust, shock, vibration, low & high temperatures, low pressure, radiation, salt fog, humidity and blowing rain
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Jan 11, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Motorola Brute(TM) i680, which combines ultra-rugged durability with the best-in-class push-to-talk services of Nextel Direct Connect(R), is available from Sprint (NYSE: S).

Motorola Brute i680 meets Military Specification 810F for dust, shock, vibration, low temperature, high temperature, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity and blowing rain.

"Motorola Brute combined with the exclusive Public Safety applications only available on Nextel phones from Sprint allows public safety personnel to communicate, even if they are out of network range, an irreplaceable communication tool in times of emergency," said Fared Adib, vice president - Product Development, Sprint. "Motorola Brute is a great device for anyone who works in extreme conditions."

Motorola Brute i680 has all the features Nextel customers have come to depend on including the best-in-class push-to-talk capabilities of Nextel Direct Connect, support of business applications and Mil Spec durability. This rugged clam shell is the ideal phone for anyone who will encounter extreme conditions and incorporates a 2-megapixel camera with flash, large internal and external display, GPS, large battery for extended talk time, music features and stereo Bluetooth(R)1. It also offers the upgraded ability to switch from an active push-to-talk call to an interconnect voice call at the touch of a button.

"Nextel Direct Connect from Sprint is an invaluable tool for public safety," said Fire Chief Charles Werner, Charlottesville (Va.), Fire Department. "During an emergency, we depend on rugged devices, like Motorola Brute, that can withstand extreme conditions, and offer instant communications; this combination is the cornerstone of effectively managing a crisis. Individuals who work in various harsh environments, such as construction and manufacturing, will find the durability of the device to be critical as well."

Motorola Brute is available with Nextel Direct Connect(R) calling plans in all Sprint sales channels, including Sprint retail stores, Business Direct Sales, Telesales (1-800-Nextel-9) and www.sprint.com for just $119.99 (excluding taxes).

About Nextel Direct Connect

With more than 16 years of expertise, Sprint is the undisputed leader and has set the industry standard in push-to-talk with the largest community of users in the world serving millions of Nextel Direct Connect subscribers on the fastest national push-to-talk network.

Nextel Direct Connect enables Sprint customers to get things done faster, at the push of a button. When instant communication is needed between two people or a group of people, next door or in the next state, Sprint provides a solution to get the job done - in less than a second. The Nextel National Network continues to operate at best-ever performance levels for dropped calls and near best-ever for block calls, based on internal metrics as of June 2009.

Powered by the iDEN Network, Nextel Direct Connect is the only push-to-talk service in the industry that offers:

  • Industry-leading performance with the advantage of instant connection (call set-up times of less than one second)
  • Connection to the world’s largest community of users, with millions of existing Nextel Direct Connect subscribers
  • Nationwide and international push-to-talk services
  • The largest portfolio of push-to-talk phones, including the largest selection of rugged phones
  • The most expansive portfolio of GPS and productivity solutions for push-to-talk users including applications for inventory and fleet management, dispatch operations and workforce management
  • Exclusive public safety applications such as Priority Connect(R) providing priority service in times of network congestion
  • Unique to Sprint, Sprint’s award-winning Emergency Response Team (ERT) provides wireless telecommunications equipment, infrastructure and operations support to federal, state/local public safety, law enforcement, military and private sector entities in times of emergency

Affordable Push-to-Talk Calling Plans

Nextel Direct Connect Custom Plans focus on the services used most by workgroups, which are bundled with unlimited usage, at a low flat monthly rate. Specifically, businesses can choose from the following Nextel Direct Connect Custom Plans:

  • Unlimited Workgroup Communications - with unlimited Direct Connect and Group Connect(R) plus unlimited text messaging, mobile-to-mobile minutes and night and weekend minutes starting at 9 p.m.
    • $29.99 per month per line (excluding taxes and Sprint surcharges)
  • Web & Navigation - includes the above features, plus unlimited data, Web browsing and GPS navigation
    • $39.99 per month per line for Nextel phones (excluding taxes and Sprint surcharges)
    • $49.99 per month per line for PowerSource and Nextel Direct Connect capable Sprint phones (excluding taxes and Sprint surcharges)
  • Pooled voice minutes can be added to either plan for the group to share
    • 500 minutes for $30 per month per line (excluding taxes and Sprint surcharges)
    • Or 2,000 minutes for $100 per month per line (excluding taxes and Sprint surcharges)

For more details on Nextel Direct Connect Custom plans, visit www.sprint.com/nexteldirectconnect.

For customers that want Sprint’s Simply EverythingSM Plan that offers a truly unlimited experience for only $99.99 per month, and they can save $1,200 over two years vs. a comparable AT&T iPhone(R) plan2. (All price plans exclude surcharges and taxes. Other exclusions apply.)

Sprint is the only wireless carrier to offer Ready Now service with trained retail associates to work one-on-one with customers to personalize their Motorola Brute, set up features and demonstrate how it works before the customer leaves the store. Customers have the choice of sitting down with a Sprint retail associate at the time of purchase or they can schedule an appointment for a later time at www.sprint.com/storelocator.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving more than 48 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2009 and the first and only 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company’s customer-focused strategy has led to improved first call resolution and customer care satisfaction scores. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.

Certain mobile phone features are dependent on the capabilities and settings of your service provider’s network. Additionally, certain features may not be activated by your service provider, and/or their network settings may limit the feature’s functionality. Always contact your service provider about feature availability and functionality. All features, functionality and other product specifications are based upon the latest available information and are believed to be accurate; however such product specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.

1 This device supports Bluetooth A2DP, HSP, HFP profiles. In order for Bluetooth devices to communicate with one another, they must utilize the same Bluetooth profile. To determine the profiles supported by other Motorola devices, visit www.motorola.com/bluetooth. For other devices, contact their respective manufacturer.

Certain Bluetooth features including those listed may not be supported by all compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices, and/or the functionality of such features may be limited in certain devices, or by certain wireless carriers. Contact your wireless carrier about feature availability and functionality.

2 Savings based on publicly available information comparing AT&T Nation Unlimited plus required iPhone data plan and optional unlimited text messaging totaling $149.99/month for AT&T as of publication date, excluding taxes, surcharges and fees. iPhone is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.

SOURCE: Sprint

Mark Elliott, 603-621-4511