Sprint Offers Rugged Motorola Brute i680
The rugged Motorola Brute i680, now on the Sprint Nextel network, can withstand blowing rain and support two lines, GPS, e-mailing and Web browsing. Switching from push-to-talk - with up to 200 workers - and a voice call is as easy as pushing a button.Motorola and Sprint introduced the ultra-rugged and appropriately named Motorola Brute i680 on Jan 11.
The clamshell-style phone offers Nextel Direct Connect push-to-talk services and meets military specification 810F for resisting dust, shock, vibration, temperature extremes, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity and blowing rain. Which is more than can be said for most of us.
The Brute comes with an embedded GPS chip and so can support GPS-based applications, such as turn-by-turn directions.
Also included are Bluetooth connectivity, a 2-megapixel camera with flash, a music player, speaker-phone functionality and a dual microphone, for crisp sound and background noise cancellation. Combined IM, MMS and SMS messaging are supported, and the Brute offers voice-activated dialing and can support a second line.
A microSD slot enables users to boost the Brute's memory by up to 8GB.
"Nextel Direct Connect from Sprint is an invaluable tool for public safety," Charles Werner, a Charlottesville, Va., fire chief quoted in a statement.
"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," Werner continued. "Individuals who work in various harsh environments, such as construction and manufacturing, will find the durability of the device to be critical as well."
The Brute is now available at Sprint stores for $119.99.
Sprint offers Nextel Direct Connect plans with unlimited texting, data, Web browsing and GPS navigation, as well as plans that pool voice minutes for a group to share. Plans begin at $29.99 per month per line, before taxes and surcharges.