Cingular Wireless and Motorola on Tuesday announced the availability of a version of Motorola’s popular Razr phone with iTunes installed. The Razr v3i model joins the Rokr E1 and Slvr L7 in Motorola’s line of phones that work with iTunes.
The Razr v3i sold by Cingular comes in “Silver Quartz,” and includes a 512MB MicroSD flash memory card, power charger, USB cable, stereo headset, 3.5mm headset adapter, and iTunes software for the computer.
The phone works much like an iPod does with iTunes — when it’s plugged in to a Mac or PC, users can click and drag music to the phone, which they can then play when they’re on the road.
And like the iPod, the Razr v3i is capable of playing music downloaded from the iTunes Music Store that’s encrypted using Apple’s FairPlay Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology. But like Motorola’s other iTunes-equipped phones, the Razr v3i is only capable of holding up to 100 songs, regardless of how they’re encoded or how much memory is available.
The built-in color display can be used to view album art. iTunes can automatically fill the phone with music from users’ playlists, or the phone can be manually filled. And while the Razr v3i supports Bluetooth connectivity for a headset, music transfer requires a USB connection.
Other features of the handset include a 1.23 megapixel digital camera with 8x digital zoom, multimedia messaging capabilities, support for Cingular’s “MEdia Net” service and more.
Cingular is selling the Razr v3i for $299.99 to new customers who agree to a two-year commitment. The company offers a $50 mail-in rebate to reduce the final cost to $249.99.
With this new announcement, Cingular remains the only United States cell phone carrier to offer phones equipped with iTunes.