Motorola Q9c Lime in the Coconut
Alltel Motorola Q9c Puts the Lime in the Coconut

Verizon Wireless may be launching four new phones, but Alltel is being a little more colorful. Alltel is picking up the Motorola Q9c, but they're going with standard black. Instead, their take on the smartphone will ship in lime green or licorice colors. Obviously, it's the former that is pictured here.

Alltel didn't provide a firm launch date, but they did say that the Motorola Q9c would ship some time this summer. They've kept the price pretty low at a mere $99, assuming that you'll deal with a $100 mail-in-rebate and two-year service agreement.

Sprint’s Motorola Q9c features a fully open GPS receiver - the first Windows Mobile smartphone to rock integrated GPS on Sprint’s network. The Moto Q9c’s “open” GPS means that the receiver’s COM ports are visible and accessible to external programs - not just the programs (like navigation software) that the carrier wants you to use. Applications like Google Maps and Microsoft Live Search are free to leverage the GPS receiver - the way it should be.

Unfortunately, the GPS unit in the Motorola Q9c is set to acquire positional data from satellite only - making the device essentially a stand-alone GPS receiver. Sprint apparently didn’t think aGPS (assisted GPS), which uses cell-tower location information to help get a position-lock, was necessary on the Moto Q9c.


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