Motorola Bali and Rambler mobile phones on Sprint’s Boost Mobile

Friday, July 30, 2010, 20:40 by Tech Correspondent

Motorola has launched two new feature rich phones the Rambler and Bali, which will be available in the USA from August 11, 2010.

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Photo: Motorola Bali flip phone on Boost Mobile

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Photo: Motorola Rambler with QWERTY keypad

Both Motorola Bali and Rambler will make their appearance on Boost Mobile in USA. Both are flip phones which look reasonably attractive, as you can see from the photos here.

The Motorola Rambler is for people who communicate heavily via SMS or text messages. It has a QWERTY keyboard. The phone has a 1.3 mega pixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, a micro SD slot, multimedia player and GPS as well.

The Motorola Rambler can connect to broadband internet networks and supports mail clients such as Yahoo!, Hotmail, Gmail etc. Users can also use it to chat online using Yahoo!, Windows Live Messenger, Gtalk, AIM etc. The phone also allows access to social networking portals such as Facebook and Twitter. Also, it can support web applications and downloadable content such as wallpapers, ring tones, games etc.

Other features of the phone include voice mail, caller ID, call forwarding, speaker phone and voice recognition.

The Motorola Rambler will very likely be priced at Rs 4,700, or $100.

The Bali is a lot like the Rambler except that it does not have a QWERTY keyboard and is said to have a normal phone keypad with an enhanced version of the T9 dictionary instead.  The Bali is a flip phone and is said to be more stylish than the Rambler, which is meant to be more of a utility device.

The Bali has an MP3 player and there are controls on the phone’s exterior through which the player can be controlled.

The Bali is a more expensive phone and will cost $150 or nearly Rs 7,000.

There is no information on whether the Bali and Rambler would be launched by Motorola in India.

Availability

To be sold in America just now, these phones are CDMA devices and are bundled with network operator Sprint mobile’s pre-paid plans called Boost Mobile. Boost Mobile has a monthly unlimited plan that costs $50, or about Rs 2,500, which includes nationwide unlimited voice, text messaging, web, e-mail and instant messaging. Boost Mobile is also available on handsets made by Research in Motion, the maker of BlackBerry; as well as handsets by Sanyo and Samsung.

Motorola’s Rambler and Bali will be available at independent retailers such as Target and Wal Mart, as well as Sprint and Motorola stores across the USA

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