RESTON, Va., April 25, 2012 -- NII Holdings, Inc., [NASDAQ: NIHD], a provider of differentiated mobile communication services operating under the Nextel brand in Latin America, announced today that its operating subsidiary, Nextel Peru, along with partner Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd, will launch the U8820, the Company's first Push-to-Talk (PTT) Android-based smartphone in Peru. This new device represents a milestone in the expansion of NII's differentiated products and services on its new third generation (3G) platform and sets the foundation for even more advanced communications in the future.
"We are excited about offering our first 3G smartphone with Push-to-Talk capabilities in Peru," said Greg Santoro, executive vice president, chief marketing and strategy officer at NII Holdings. "As we deploy our next-generation networks across our markets, we continue our commitment to delivering differentiated high quality wireless products and services that meet the needs of our growing customer base," he added.
The U8820 adds to Nextel Peru's cutting-edge handset portfolio by being the first smartphone equipped with the power of Nextel's high performance PTT service, a high speed Internet connection, and the option to hold group direct connect calls, making it an ideal business tool.
"As Peruvian wireless customers' preference continues to shift toward the most advanced handheld devices and services available on the market, we feel confident that our new handset portfolio and enhanced services will meet the growing demand in Peru," said Mariano Orihuela, vice president of marketing of Nextel Peru. "The U8820 represents our best features in one product that will enrich our customers' productivity and efficiency."
Paired with industry-leading PTT services, the U8820 smartphone includes access to email and social networks, is equipped with a 3.8" touchscreen display, built-in Wi-Fi, a 5-megapixel camera with flash, and 4GB internal memory that helps subscribers in Peru maintain a competitive business edge.
The launch of our next-generation platform and high speed data services on a single device is a result of the combined efforts of our strategic partners Huawei and Qualcomm Incorporated, the supplier of the QChat® platform that powers the PTT service.
The U8820 will be available from Nextel Peru starting May 2012.
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