May 24, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Motorola became the first company to offer an Android iDEN phone when it announced the Motorola i1, and the company is about to also be the first to offer an Android phone with a prepaid option in the U.S.
Word has just leaked that both prepaid network Boost Mobile and regional carrier SouthernLINC Wireless will sell the Motorola i1. SouthernLINC’s website was updated today to reveal that the carrier, which primarily serves the Gulf Coast region, has the i1 on sale right now for $199.99 on a two-year contract agreement. Meanwhile, a promotional leaflet reveals that Best Buy will be the exclusive distributor of the i1 on Boost Mobile.
Officially announced for Sprint at CTIA, has extended its push-to-talk functionality beyond the Now Network. The SouthernLINC announcement is not surprising, but it’s interesting to see Boost offer the i1. Aside from the i1 being one of the first Android phones sanctioned to run on an unlimited data/web/text plan ($50 per month), Boost is a Sprint subsidiary. You’d think that Sprint would sell the i1 in-house and on contract to generate more money, but they’ve chosen to provide a different option to consumers.
There’s no word yet if Sprint will offer the i1 on Boost in addition to carrying it on the main network or only on the prepaid network.
For more information on the Motorola i1, see our original post announcing the device.