GCN Tech Blog

By GCN Staff

Blog archive

Government cool

Word today is that government cell phone users can officially look cool without, er, being cool. Cingular Wireless and Motorola just launched the new Motorola L2, which one Cingular exec characterized as "a Motorola SLVR-like device that adheres to stringent workplace policies."

The Motorola SLVR is the company's sleek, thin cell phone that also plays Apple iTunes and has a built-in digital camera. (It really is pretty cool.)

But needless to say, a device like that won't fly at a lot of government agencies, so Motorola stripped it down, removing the camera, the music and any external memory support.

What's left? A quad-band speaker phone that looks really nice and handles e-mail, text and multimedia messaging. Cingular plans to sell the L2 for around $117 (with contract).

But here's something interesting: They left in the Bluetooth support, which itself could be a no-no at many government locations.

Whatever the case, it remains to be seen whether users would accept a product without its defining feature (iTunes). Bereft of what makes MOTOSLVR cool, the L2 really is, what a Cingular spokesperson called, "executive jewelry."

Posted by Brad Grimes

Posted by Brad Grimes, Joab Jackson on May 03, 2006 at 9:39 AM


Featured

  • Defense
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) reveal concept renderings for the Next NGA West (N2W) campus from the design-build team McCarthy HITT winning proposal. The entirety of the campus is anticipated to be operational in 2025.

    How NGA is tackling interoperability challenges

    Mark Munsell, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s chief, talks about talent shortages and how the agency is working to get more unclassified data.

  • Veterans Affairs
    Veterans Affairs CIO Jim Gfrerer speaks at an Oct. 10 FCW event (Photo credit: Troy K. Schneider)

    VA's pivot to agile

    With 10 months on the job, Veterans Affairs CIO Jim Gfrerer is pushing his organization toward a culture of constant delivery.

Stay Connected

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.