Motorola, in collaboration with Think Outside, has released a full-size portable keyboard for wireless phones.

iBoard is designed for mobile workers and is comparable to the size and feel of a laptop keyboard, said Motorola in a statement. Whether people will see the need for a big keyboard for increasingly
tiny phones is another matter.

Users should be able to compose email, surf the web and enter information into date book or notepad programmes on a keyboard that expands to 34.29x12.7x1.9cm. For now the keyboard is only designed to be used with phones linked to US mobile telco Nextel.

The new iBoard represents an important step in the development of mobile technologies, as people may now be able to choose whether they should own both a mobile phone and a PDA (personal digital assistant).

Other companies, such as Ericsson and Research in Motion, offer devices with keyboard inputs, but it seems no one else has developed a full-size keyboard for ease of typing.

Motorola has suggested the unit be priced at $99.99. Whether the product will be released in Europe is unknown.