updated 08:55 am EDT, Tue September 12, 2006
Cingular on Tuesday launched its latest iTunes phone, the new MOTORAZR v3i. Like its predecessors, the MOTOROKR E1 and the MOTOSLVR L7, the MOTORAZR v3i is a Cingular exclusive handset featuring iTunes: "To date, Cingular remains the first and only carrier in the United States to offer a phone with iTunes," said David Christopher, vice president of product management, Cingular Wireless. "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." Fashionably colored Silver Quartz, the phone allows users to transfer their favorite iTunes collections from the PC to the wireless phone using the included pre-installed 512MB MicroSD card, a power charger, USB cable, stereo headset, 3.5 MM headset adapter, and desktop iTunes software. The MOTORAZR v3i, announced last year for several countries, is available exclusively in the U.S. through select Cingular Wireless retail locations or online for $250 with a two-year service agreement and after a $50 mail-in rebate. Apple has also highlighted the new iTunes phone on its website.
The MOTORAZR v3i also features a color display for viewing album art. It enables users to randomly auto-fill or manually fill the mobile phone with playlists from their favorite music, audiobooks and podcasts from their iTunes library via a USB connection. The MOTORAZR v3i pauses music automatically when users take a call and offers the ability to listen to music while messaging* with friends or snapping a photo.
The Bluetooth-enabled MOTORAZR v3i also offers an upgraded 1.23 megapixel digital camera with an 8x digital zoom, video record and playback and Multimedia Messaging capabilities.