Much has been made recently over the Motorola i1, it being the first push-to-talk Android device of course. Today sees an announcement for the phone that I feel has even bigger implications. The i1 is set to become the first Android phone offered without a contract. Starting June 20th, customers can get the ruggedized smart phone on a pay-as-you-go $50 plan that includes unlimited talk, text,email, and web.
The Motorola i1 features a 3.1-inch HVGA touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera, Android 1.6, and support for WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS. No pricing has been made public yet but we expect that any day now. We are, after all, only a matter of weeks away from the launch. Granted this is not a super phone by any stretch of the imagination. However, it does signal the beginning of yet another opportunity for potential Android customers. While the big four carriers battle it out over whatever the hot topic of the moment is, I imagine providers like Boost Mobile quietly going about their business and adding to their credibility.
If the rumors hold up, the i1 will be joined by the Kyocera Zio M6000 before too long. Would any of you guys out there consider switching to a no-contract plan with either of these phones?