Motorola i1 Android iDEN hitting Airtel Wireless soon

Ian Hardy

August 13, 2010 9:50 am

Calgary-based Airtel Wireless launched their iDEN network back in July of last year, their major competition is TELUS’ Mike Network as they both offer “Push-to-Connect” services. They haven’t officially released a new device for what seems to be months but that’s all about to change soon.

We received an e-mail from Airtel stating “Airtel Wireless in Calgary was approved this week by Google to offer the new Motorola Android i1 in Canada. We will receive our first order in approx 4 weeks. We are very excited to offer the newest Android products on our iDEN network in Calgary.”

No word on pricing but it’s always good to have another option of where you can pick the i1 up. This will be available “sometime this fall” on the Mike Network too.

Update: Regarding the pricing, you can expect this to be priced at $399.99 no contract.

  • Adi

    Why would somebody setup an iDEN network in this day and age is beyond me. This is more stupid than Public mobile launching a CDMA network when everyone and their mother are setting up UMTS networks and thinking of LTE in the near term.

    I sort of understand Public mobile was more or less forced to do so since their frequency band was really odd, but what about Airtel ?! What’s their excuse ?

    Adi

  • Maxim

    @Abi,

    I’m sorry Abi, but your comment is unfair. iDEN is the most powerful push-to-talk technology in the world and it responds to a specific need : Talk. You can do it quickly over the PTT or normally over the phone, but if you need more than that, go away to another provider.

    Nobody know for now, but I’m pretty sure that Motorola plans to develop an iDEN phone with LTE connectivity over the commercial 700 MHz band. The auctions for this spectrum are expected for 2011-2012 in Canada.

    Max

  • Ewok

    Motorola just decided to keep the IDEN portfolio – and did not sell it like they did with all the other network assets. That says something about what they are planning I think