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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


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