Blackberry Doubles as Phone/ Walkie-Talkie

Nextel Communications Inc., Research in Motion Ltd. and Motorola Inc. on Thursday announced plans for a device that will essentially be a RIM Blackberry wireless two-way e-mail device that also works as a phone and a walkie-talkie.

Nextel Communications Inc., Research in Motion Ltd. and Motorola Inc. on Thursday announced plans for a device that will essentially be a RIM Blackberry wireless two-way e-mail device that also works as a phone and a walkie-talkie.

The device will run across Motorolas iDEN integrated digital wireless network technology over Nextels network, officials said. IDEN phones work as regular cell phones as well as walkie-talkies.

The device also will support Java2 Micro Edition, which enables wireless downloads of Web applications. It is due in the fourth quarter of this year.

Motorola and RIM also have signed a licensing agreement allowing specific iDEN and RIM technologies to be incorporated into certain devices from each company.