October 10, 2007 Mobile service provider Boost has added Motorola i425t and i425e handsets – billed as the slimmest iDEN network Walkie-Talkie phones ever – to its self-branded cell phone offering. The 1/2" thick, 3.88 oz handsets are a “candy-bar design”, but if this is your idea of a candy-bar you might well go hungry.
The Boost-branded i425 iDEN phone comes in two models, available exclusively through Boost Mobile as part of their pre-paid phone service.
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The i425 lightweight walkie-talkie comes in two models/colors - the i425t is available in titanium gray with a black slate trim and the i425e is available in white with an espresso trim.
Both phones offer Wireless Web, Text and Multi-Media Messaging, AOL, Yahoo and MSN Instant Messaging Capable, Java Enabled Games and Applications, Real Music, Polyphonic and Voice Ringtones, Hands-free Speakerphone with Voice-Activated Dialing, GPS Enabled (Global Positioning System), VibraCall Alert and 600 Entry Phonebook.
The walkie-talkie function on the phone is definitely one of its highlights. The Boost Mobile system enables users to instantly contact friends and family by the push of a button. Users are charged a dollar a day for unlimited nationwide use and the fee is only charged on days when the service is actually used or a walkie-talkie call is received.
Both the i425e and i425t are bundled with $5 of pre-paid Boost credit and retail for US$39.99. And for the environmentally conscious consumer the packaging is made from 100% Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate material and the polypropylene black end caps are made from 35% post-consumer sources.