The first enterprise handset to be branded, stocked and sold by a wireless carrier in the US is the Motorola ES400S, and the carrier that will be selling it is Sprint. That is the gist of an announcement made today by the two companies.
We first heard of this phone back in April, when Sprint already had order forms ready for it, which meant it was clearly coming soon. It did take a while though, but it’s finally official.
The device runs Windows Mobile 6.5.3 and will be available from Sprint by the end of October. It will cost $499.99 for select qualifying business customers, or, if you’re less lucky, $549.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade, if you sign a new 2-year agreement with Sprint.
The phone’s main features are as follows:
- rugged construction, built to withstand dust, drops and bumps, with certifications for MIL-STD 810G, for a 4-foot drop, and IP42 sealing specifications
- 3-inch VGA (640×480) touchscreen
- 3.2 megapixel camera with red line aimer for easy barcode scanning and one-button push-to-scan for one- and two-dimensional barcode reading
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g with Enterprise Security
- 1 GB ROM, 256 MB RAM
- CDMA EVDO Rev. A for domestic service and HSPA/GSM for international roaming
- VoIP ready
- 1540 mAh battery; a 3080 mAh extended battery is available separately
Quite interesting is the fact that this device is a ‘global roaming’ enabled phone. But I suppose such a feature is most requested from carriers’ enterprise customers, so it certainly makes sense.
This handset was clearly built with the corporate/enterprise customer in mind, and that’s probably what will make it a success in those circles.
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