Sprint has formally announced the national availability of PowerSource
(formerly Hybrid Network) handsets. The two handsets are the Motorola Buzz (ic502) and Motorola Blend (ic402).
Both handsets are GPS capable and support Sprint Vision
(1xRTT) data services as well as walkie-talkie services through iDEN
and Direct Talk for off network short range use. Voice services are
handled by Sprint’s CDMA network.
The Buzz has the distinction of being certified by the military under the 810F guidelines for shock and
resistance to water, dirt, and debris. The Buzz will retail for $250
with no contract or $60 with a two year agreement, while the Blend will
retail for $230 with no contract or $40 with a new two year agreement.
Customers who choose either phone with a $39.99 or higher Power Pack
plan will enjoy National Walkie Talkie service included with the plan
as well as nights at 7pm and no roaming charges as well as choosing
plans exclusive to Nextel. Data is offered at $10 for unlimited access
with 1000 text messages or unlimited messages for an additional $5.
Both phones are now available through Telesales, online at Sprint.com,
and Retail Stores.