Jun 10 AT 12:24 PM Nick Gray 42 Comments

Boost Mobile’s Motorola i1 launching on June 20th

Boost Mobile has finally announced that the push-to-talk equipped Motorola i1 will be landing on their network on June 20th.  With a 3.1 inch HVGA display, 5MP camera, Android 1.5, the Motorola i1 may not be the most feature-rich Android handset on the market, but will be the first Android phone to hit Boost Mobile’s pre-paid network and the first Android phone to feature iDEN push-to-talk technology.

Boost Mobile will be selling the Motorola i1 between $349.99 and $399.99 but keep in mind that they do not force customers into two year contracts and offer unlimited calling, texting, and data plans for only $50 a month.  We don’t expect Android fans to line up at Boost Mobile stores and Best Buy locations on June 20th to make sure they are first in line for the Motorola i1, but the phone does give budget minded consumers the chance to finally get their hands on an Android powered smartphone.

Motorola i1 Features

  • Touchscreen smartphone powered by Android
  • 5MP camera with autofocus, flash and video
  • Wi-Fi capable
  • Access to Email Exchange, Gmail, MSN, Yahoo! and more
  • Instant Messaging (Google Talk preloaded, supports additional messaging clients via download such as Yahoo!, AIM and more)
  • Nationwide walkie-talkie
  • Opera Mini 5 & Android browsers
  • Stereo Bluetooth capable
  • 2GB microSD card (supports up to 32GB)
  • GPS enabled
  • Optional SWYPE virtual keypad
Show Press Release

Boost Mobile Brings Android to Prepaid with Launch of Motorola i1

National distribution at Boost Mobile Exclusive Retail Stores, all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores beginning June 20

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In a world of “firsts,” the Motorola i1 from Boost Mobile® brings new meaning to the word. Available nationally at Boost Mobile Exclusive Retail Stores, Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile standalone stores, i1 is the first walkie-talkie enabled touchscreen phone powered by Androidâ„¢ from Boost Mobile.

“Best Buy Mobile is excited to be the first national retailer to bring a prepaid Android smartphone to customers who are looking for greater payment flexibility when it comes to their smartphone”

“Last year Boost disrupted the wireless marketplace with the $50 Monthly Unlimited offer, and we are doing it again with the launch of the Motorola i1,” said Neil Lindsay, chief marketing officer, Boost Mobile. “Together with Motorola, we are able to offer the Android experience to those customers who enjoy the walkie-talkie feature. And with 1,100 Best Buy locations, 80 Best Buy Mobile stores and exclusive Boost Mobile stores nationwide, customers will not have to search far to find this hot handset.”

The i1 has an industry-leading 5MP camera, a vivid 3.1-inch HVGA display, and is one of the first devices to feature the new optimized Opera Mini 5 Web Browser. Combined with the Boost Mobile ‘Monthly Unlimited’ service, with unlimited nationwide talk, text and Web for $50 per month, staying connected has never been easier. The i1 also comes equipped with Wi-Fi and is one of the first Android phones to integrate new SWYPE® technology for quicker-than-ever messaging.

“Best Buy Mobile is excited to be the first national retailer to bring a prepaid Android smartphone to customers who are looking for greater payment flexibility when it comes to their smartphone,” said Scott Anderson, senior director at Best Buy Mobile. “One of our promises to customers is to provide the best options and choices available in the mobile marketplace. Exclusively bringing great products like the Motorola i1 to consumers helps us make good on that commitment. ”

“Motorola remains focused on delivering differentiated Android experiences within our product portfolio,” said Jeff Miller, vice president, Motorola Mobile Devices. “With the Motorola i1, we’re excited to offer Boost users the opportunity to enjoy a feature-rich Android smartphone with walkie-talkie capability.”

Motorola i1 Features

  • Touchscreen smartphone powered by Androidâ„¢
  • 5MP camera with autofocus, flash and video
  • Wi-Fi capable
  • Access to Email Exchange, Gmail®, MSN®, Yahoo!® and more
  • Instant Messaging (Google Talkâ„¢ preloaded, supports additional messaging clients via download such as Yahoo!®, AIM® and more)
  • Nationwide walkie-talkie
  • Opera Mini 5 & Android browsers
  • Stereo Bluetooth® capable
  • 2GB microSD card (supports up to 32GB)
  • GPS enabled
  • Optional SWYPEâ„¢ virtual keypad

About Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile, one of Sprint’s prepaid brands, offers wireless phones and services with no long-term contracts. Boost Mobile redefines value for wireless consumers with its ‘Monthly Unlimited’ service, offering unlimited nationwide talk, text, Web, e-mail, IM and 411 for $50 per month, and with its ‘BlackBerry Monthly Unlimited’ service, offering unlimited nationwide talk, text, Web, e-mail, IM and 411 for $60 per month. Boost Mobile offers nationwide service on the Nationwide Sprint Network, reaching more than 276 million people, and on the Nextel National Network, reaching more than 277 million people, with no activation or long distance fees. Boost Mobile offers a selection of quality handsets from Motorola, Sanyo, Research In Motion (RIM) and Samsung, ranging from entry-level to high-end devices. Boost Mobile phones are available nationwide at nearly 20,000 major retail stores, including Best Buy, RadioShack, Target and Walmart, Sprint retail stores, independent wireless dealer locations, and on HSN, a leading television home shopping network; and Re-Boost® is available at approximately 100,000 locations throughout the United States. Experience Boost Mobile on the Web at MySpace, Facebook and Twitter; and purchase products at www.boostmobile.com.

Via: AndroidGuys

Source: Boost Mobile

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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