Nextel Communications Inc., Reston, Va., and Motorola Inc., Plantation, Fla., announced the launch of the Motorola i325 IS handset, an intrinsically safe, ruggedized phone that provides off-network communications capabilities. The handset offers Direct TalkSM, which allows users who are outside of the Nextel coverage area to manually transfer to a two-way radio-to-radio communication mode with a range of up to six miles depending upon specific conditions, such as terrain. The Motorola i325 IS handset is approved for use where flammable gases or vapors may exist. The durable handset also meets military specifications (810 F tests) for resistance to blowing rain, dust, shock, vibration, high/low temperatures and pressure, solar radiation, humidity and salt fog.