Motorola, Inc. today announced the global debut of the highly anticipated MOTOFONE at an event held in New Delhi, India. MOTOFONE is set to redefine the mobile phone market place and strengthen Motorola's drive to connect the next billion mobile phone users. The Indian launch will be followed by a rapid international rollout.
Based on Motorola's evolutionary new SCPL design platform, MOTOFONE is the first of a new breed of handsets designed to disrupt today's communications landscape by cutting across price tiers, product segments and international markets.
"In the weeks and months to come, consumers from around the world will enjoy the benefit of the technological innovations packed into MOTOFONE," said Ron Garriques, president, Mobile Devices, Motorola Inc. "Today's global launch marks a major milestone as Motorola continues its drive to connect the next billion mobile phone users."
In both GSM and CDMA, MOTOFONE re-establishes expectations over how a value-priced handset looks and feels and what it delivers. Offering an intuitive new interface built with icons and voice versus text, as well as voice prompts specifically tailored to local markets, the handset makes it easier and friendlier for first-time users to navigate, place a call, and retrieve messages. Its large, high contrast screen, powered by a revolutionary ClearVision(TM) display makes it easier to use the phone outdoors.
E Ink Corporation, the leading supplier of electronic paper displays, is providing the display technology behind MOTOFONE's ClearVision. The changeable electronic ink display is easy to read in bright sunlight or dimly lit environments from virtually any angle -- just like paper. Additionally, the display is plastic, lightweight and ultra-low power, making it ideal for mobile and power sensitive applications by eliminating the weight and breakability of glass used in LCD displays.
"E Ink is unleashing the design freedom of Motorola which enables disruptive innovation," said Russ Wilcox, CEO of E Ink Corporation. "Today's launch marks an unique moment in the display industry as it shows that electronic paper displays are entering the mainstream."
Summary of Features:
* Voice prompts in local languages
* Intuitive icon-based user interface
* Stylish thin design
* Extended battery life
* Durable housing for optimal performance despite dust and sun
* High-contrast screen using new ClearVision display
* Large font size for easy readability
* High-volume for call clarity in loud environments
* Automatic notification of current prepaid balance
* Embedded polyphonic ringtones in eight voices
* Ability to download ringtones
The GSM version, MOTOFONE F3, is available today in India and will roll out in international markets in the coming weeks. Motorola is working towards shipping the CDMA version, MOTOFONE F3c, by the end of 2006.