No Apple iPhone, But Motorola Introduces iTunes Enabled RAZR
Motorola, Cingular, and Apple recently unveied the MotoRAZR v3i. The new phone will be available on the Cingular Wireless network and host a mobile version of iTunes. The phone builds on several successful franchises, including the ultra-successful RAZR device and the well-recognized iTunes application. The device follows earlier iTunes-powered phones, including the MotoROKR E1 and the MotoSLVR L7. The v3i surfaced last week at the CTIA show.
The idea of an iPhone has ignited rumor sites and message boards recently, but Apple has yet to deliver. Even though an iTunes-enabled phone is enticing, early attempts including the mediocre ROKR stumbled badly. But music fans may be persuaded thanks to the sexy RAZR handset. “The Motorola RAZR is one of our most popular handsets and, with the addition of iTunes, we are thrilled to offer Cingular customers yet another great device that addresses both their communication and entertainment needs while on-the-go,” said David Christopher, Vice President of Product Management at Cingular Wireless. The phone comes pre-installed with a 512 MB MicroSD card, as well as a stereo headset and a 3.5mm headset adapter. The v3i also pauses music for an incoming call, and keeps the music going during activities like text messaging.