After the leakage of the rebate from showcasing the Motorola Clutch i465, Telus didn’t waste anymore time and has officially announced Motorola’s first QWERTY-equipped iDEN phone in Canada.

Telus (Mike) Motorola Clutch i465

The Motorola Clutch i465 will retail for as low as $99 on a 3-year contract when it hits store shelves beginning July 14th. If you want to see the Clutch up close and personal first before deciding on whether to get it or not, you can go to Indy Car racing event scheduled this weekend in Toronto. Telus has taken the opportunity and sponsored the Honda Indy wherein they will showcase the Motorola Clutch for interested racing aficionados. For more info on the event, you can head on over here.

Of course, you can always opt to wait for July 14 to arrive so you can check out the Motorola Clutch i465 at your local retail store. Likewise, if the whole iDEN phone scene isn’t your thing, you can look forward to the following day, July 15, when Telus is rumored to be releasing the BlackBerry Tour 9630 or the following week on July 21st when the HTC Touch Pro2 and HTC Snap are both expected to hit the Canadian market.

Motorola Gets Texting Tough with its First iDEN Handset Designed for Messaging

           Motorola and TELUS Make Texting and Talking Easy with the Motorola Clutch
           i465

           TORONTO, July 9 /CNW/ - Motorola Canada and TELUS today announce the Canadian upcoming availability of an entirely new breed of iDEN device - the Motorola Clutch i465. The Motorola Clutch is a military-style rugged device that combines the Push-to-Talk power of TELUS' iDEN network with a full QWERTY keyboard making it the ultimate productivity tool for small and medium-sized business users(1).
           "Motorola is pleased to announce Clutch - the ultimate choice for quick, easy communications, whether at work or at home," said Glenn Kennedy, iDEN Sales Manager, Motorola Canada. "Clutch is a multi-talented communications tool whether you need to talk and have a lengthier conversation, for texting when you need to share private information, or for Push-To-Talk capability when you need an immediate response from an individual or a group."
           Clutch offers immediate connection to team members using Direct Connect, either one-to-one or one-to many with Group Call via the TELUS Mike network.
At the push of a button, users can stay connected with their team, crew or family by sending and receiving messages, calendar events, pictures, location information and more without interrupting the Push-to-Talk call. And, with Talk around feature, users can communicate via an integrated two-way radio with other enabled users - even when network coverage is unavailable.
           "The Clutch is a great device for Mike Push-to-Talk users looking for that added functionality of a full QWERTY keyboard for advanced productivity,"
said Jim Senko, vice-president of Mobility Solutions at TELUS. "It is TELUS'
commitment to offer advanced, unique and integrated communication tools such as the new Motorola Clutch i465, proving our leading position as the Push-to-Talk network in Canada."

           Rugged Reliability

           With a familiar QWERTY design and solid handling, Clutch is made to be easily gripped whether you are hard at work or play. Clutch meets military specifications for extreme conditions including shock, vibration, dust, and solar radiation, which means your phone can withstand almost as much as you can.

           Clutch Key Features

           -   iDEN Push-to-Talk functionality(1)
           -   Full QWERTY keyboard for easy messaging
           -   Military tough durability - meeting U.S. 810F Military Specifications
           -   Threaded messaging with an IM-style(1) format for easy-to-follow
               conversation flow
           -   Quick access to messaging, the web and camera with a simple touch
           -   Bluetooth(R) wireless technology(2) for easy hands-free
               communications
           -   Multimedia messaging (MMS) to easily share photos and videos
           -   GPS enabled for business applications such as Wireless Work Orders
           -   Web browser with quick access key to Internet-based activities

           The Honda Indy

           To celebrate the launch of Clutch in Canada, TELUS is harnessing the force of IndyCar racing with their sponsorship of the Honda Indy, taking place in Toronto from July 10-12, 2009. MIKE services and the Motorola Clutch will be showcased on-site for race fans. Motorola helps power this world class race by providing iDEN handsets for Andretti Green Racing to have instant communication as they manage the event logistics. Motorola and TELUS will be cheering on the Andretti Green Racing Team. For more information on the Honda Indy, visit http://www.hondaindytoronto.com/.

           Other new additions in Motorola's iDEN Lineup on MIKE

           Motorola i9
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           The Motorola i9 is the thinnest and sleekest iDEN flip handset available.
A multimedia marvel, it's the ideal choice in the boardroom or for a night on the town. Business users will love the productivity increases provided by i9's Push-to-Talk function(1), and won't have to sacrifice style or consumer centric capabilities with i9's 3.1 megapixel camera and MP3 playback with Stereo Bluetooth(R)(2).
           i9 also features Motorola's innovative ModeShift technology, with the keys on the outside of the touch sensitive flip morphing and illuminating so users only see the keys needed for imaging, video and accessing the media player.

           Motorola i580 - Black and Yellow
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           A fresh spin on the trusted i580, Motorola's mightiest walkie-talkie flip phone gets a rough and tumble update with a new black and yellow exterior, and all the features you've come to expect from the i580. The i580 meets U.S. 810F Military Specifications for blowing rain, high and low temperatures, humidity, dust, shock, solar radiation, low pressure, vibration and salt fog. Its unique water-sealed housing makes the i580 water resistant and the easy grip rubber overmould ensures a non-slip grip in even the toughest environments.
           By leveraging i580's advanced Push-to-Talk productivity features(1), such as Push-To-Meet or Push-To-Smart Replies, users can also communicate much more efficiently than ever before.
           i580's integrated Bluetooth(R) Technology(2) allows you to free yourself from annoying wires, keeping up to date with friends, family, and co-workers, without having to take your handset out of its holster.
           The i580's robust multimedia features such as its 1.3 megapixel camera with video recorder help keep you five steps ahead on the jobsite, whether it is documenting progress or recording for posterity. i580's integrated MP3 player also keeps you entertained whether on lunch break or on-the-go.

           TELUS Mike Network

           Mike is Canada's leading Push-to-Talk network and offers users a unique, integrated communications tool, by combining the functionality of a long-range digital 2-way radio, digital PCS phone and wireless data device with GPS. Mike also features the power of Direct Connect service which provides instant access to other Mike contacts.
           With Direct Connect, users can reach Mike contacts and over
22 million
subscribers across North America - at the simple push of a button. Similar to a two-way radio, users simply enter the ID number of the contact they wish to reach, push a button, and are instantly connected.
           Users can also benefit from Group Call to reach every member of the team or family simultaneously, with no need to call each person separately. Group Call lets users communicate and coordinate with multiple people all at once - nationwide, quickly and easily.

           Pricing & Availability

           The Motorola Clutch i465 will be available only at TELUS in Canada as of July 14th for as little as $99 on a 3-year contract. For more information about the Motorola Clutch i465 and TELUS' Mike network, please visit www.TELUS.com.

           About Motorola

           Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and is focused on advancing the way the world connects. From broadband communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility and public safety solutions to high-definition video and mobile devices, Motorola is leading the next wave of innovations that enable people, enterprises and governments to be more connected and more mobile. Motorola (NYSE: MOT) had sales of US $30.1 billion in 2008. For more information, please visit www.motorola.com.

           About TELUS

           TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.7 billion of annual revenue and 11.6 million customer connections including 6.2 million wireless subscribers, 4.2 million wireline network access lines, and 1.2 million Internet subscribers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. For more information about TELUS, please visit TELUS.com.

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