Sprint has announced that the Motorola i886 is now available for sale on Nextel’s iDEN network. This device features a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard, Nextel DirectConnet (Push-to-Talk) capability, and runs a very stripped-down version of the Android OS. It obviously had to be customized to run on a low-powered device with no touchscreen, but it’s Android under the hood. Rather than having the Android Market, it has quick-key access to GetJar downloads intendedly specifically for that device. Its GroupConnect will allow walkie-talkie style communication with up to 20 people at once, and thanks to the Android core it gives full access to email — Exchange ActiveSync, POP3, and IMAP.
The phone is available now via standard Sprint sales outlets, for about $80. Full press release after the break.
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