Stephen Lawson at InfoWorld:
Microsoft on Tuesday showcased a newly announced push-to-talk device in a keynote presentation at the CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment show…
DelBene showed off the Motorola i930, which she called the first Windows Mobile device with push-to-talk capability. It will run on Sprint Nextel’s iDEN cellular network as well as 900MHz and 1800MHz GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) networks, allowing for international use. The clamshell device is built on the Windows Mobile Smartphone platform. It will be available next month for $499.99 before discounts and promotions, according to Sprint.
Nextel (now part of Sprint) has traditionally had a unique free local “walkie talkie” offering so push-to-talk is a natural for them.
There was also a bit of humor at the conference as well:
At the widely publicized San Francisco press conference on Monday where Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates showed off the upcoming Treo, the phone number of the Treo he was using appeared on a video screen. That led to “some pretty amusing and strange text messages,” said Suzan DelBene, corporate vice president of marketing for Microsoft’s Mobile and Embedded Devices Division, who was given the device after the press conference. She held it up during her keynote address Tuesday morning.
“This device, if you notice, the network isn’t working, because this is the device we gave to Bill Gates yesterday. … It [was] ringing in my room all night. I finally had to shut it off,” DelBene said.