Motorola might exit mobile handset business

Motorola’s mobile handset business is making big losses .. Moto’s sales went down almost 40% last quarter.

A Researcher from Nomura  ,Richard Windsor has pointed out that Moto might shut shop its loss making cellphone and mobile handset business to concentrate on other products. Researchers are late .. we hinted at this after Nokia bought Trolltech yesterday We said Continue reading “Motorola might exit mobile handset business”

Swarovski crystals in Platinum – if you fancy a shiny Motorola KRZR

The handset is engraved with 336 Swarovski crystals in a platinum base, and has been custom made by Goldstriker, famous for custom made precious phones and gadgets at a price of $1200.

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While Justamp calls it “super luxurious”, Intomobile calls it “gaudy and ostentatious vulgarity.”

Just a matter of perspective?? What do you think?

Motorola W230 and W270 Frill-free and economical music phones

Along with the Z10 and Rokr E8, Motorola revealed enhanced versions of the W230 and W270 at the CES.

Motorola W230
An endearing candy bar handset that serves up both great mobile phone basics and a fantastic music experience, featuring Motorola’s proprietary CrystalTalk™ audio-enhancing technology, that reduces background noises, to make calls clear and loud.

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Continue reading “Motorola W230 and W270 Frill-free and economical music phones”

Motorola Rokr E8 – New age music player

Rokr E8 is a mobile phone with a stand-alone music player and is the latest addition to Motorola’s Rokr Series.

For a music buff, the E8 is a boon because:

• Windows™ Media Player™ 11 compatible allowing easy transfer of your favourite music onto the handset
• Access to more than 200 online music stores
• Drag-and-drop to organize songs, artists, albums and playlists
• FM radio form where you can download new music
• Song ID feature that will recognize and display tune information
• Built-in speaker
• Stereo Bluetooth® wireless technology
• Standard stereo wired headphones

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Motorola innovations from CES – Moto Z10, Rokr E8 and more

It’s rocking time for all you mobile lovers out there.

Sony Ericsson revealed 3 new models at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2008 in Las Vegas recently. Read Fonearena’s coverage of the new releases here.

Motorola has followed suit and unveiled four handsets at the Show, two brand new handsets, Moto Z10 & Rokr E8 and two enhanced versions of existing models, W230 & W270.

Moto Z10

Nicknamed the “pocket-sized mobile film studio”, the Z10, based on the Symbian operating system will allow users to play and capture high-quality video, marry audio and video, and create storyboards with soundtracks directly on the phone.

If you are a film enthusiast, you can even upload the video/movie on various social networking websites.

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The Moto Q phones – smart phones to liberate you

Motorola unveiled its latest smart phone loaded with features, ideal for the business traveller.

At .45 inches width, it is amazingly sleek and stylish. It runs on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 platform and is packed with features such as voice activated dialling, a 1.3 megapixel camera with photo lighting, Bluetooth wireless, stereo sound, MP3 music player, and video and web surfing capabilities.

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Features:

• 2.4” colour screen
•  Integrated 1.3 mega-pixel camera
• Windows Media Player Mobile
• Video capture with sound and playback
• Dual stereo-quality speakers
• QWERTY keypad Continue reading “The Moto Q phones — smart phones to liberate you”

Hello Moto becomes Hello Samsung as Motorola looses global market share

Samsung has raced past Motorola for the the 2nd spot in the global market share for mobile phones by shipping about  37 Million mobile phones this quarter.The growing list of handsets the Korean company has in its offering might be the reason.

Things are not so good for Motorola and have not managed something as spectacular since the RAZR about a couple of years back. Motorola’s top management might under go a change .It managed only about 35 Million shipments in the quarter  and is seeing huge losses.

Sony Ericsson is till behind with about 25 million shipments.

Samsung’s success can been attributed  to hits Ultra Line of handsets and also a lot of Entry level handsets for the emerging markets.(Both Moto and SE are trying to find an answer for this one )

Nokia is the market leader and is expected to announce its results for the quarter in a months time.

Free Motorola Q Homescreens

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KOOLdezine has got some lovely collection of homescreens for your motorola Q mobile. Most of the themes let you personalize them, by providing you with small tutorials on how to add your name and stuff on the homescreen.

Few of the themes provided there require you to have some additional plugins installed (Which are available for free download). The instructions are simple and easy to follow. So what you waiting for? Pep you your mobile!!!

KOOLDezine – Motorola Q Homescreens

Motorola MING A1200

The Unique transparent flip and simple elegance projects your successful life style. The Motorola A1200 combines function with form: unique flip enables be-cool-use with the flip closed. Full screen camera viewfinder, enhanced viewing of incoming messages and track information when playing music. The Business Card Reader with 2MP camera allows you to automatically capture and store business card information into your phonebook. And enjoy FM radio or play MP3 tracks and build play lists with RealPlayer (AAC+, WMA). Touch screen meets trendy!

Specifications

Band

GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz

Data

GPRS

Size
96mm x 52mm x 22mm
(3.77″ x 2.04″ x 0.85″)

Weight
122g (4.30oz)

Battery Life
170 hours standby time

7.4 hours talk time

Main Display
262k color TFT LCD, 240×320 pixel resolution

Camera
Yes, 2.0 megapixel resolution

Video
Video capture/playback

Messaging

MMS/SMS

Email (POP/IMAP4/SMTP)

Bluetooth Yes

Infrared No

Java Yes

Polyphonics Yes (40 voice)

Memory
8MB on board memory, microSD expansion

Availability Now

Price Rs. 17000-18000

Abhishek Bachchan roped in as Motorola brand ambassador

Abhishek is a stylish and sophisticated actor who appeals to all segments of the Indian society — young and old, urban and rural, fashion conscious and the intelligentsia. Addressing the gathering, actor Abhishek Bachchan said, “I am honoured to
be an ambassador for a truly global brand synonymous with quality, innovation and style. Helping India get more and more connected with Motorola phones is my mission for the next 24 months. It is amazing to see how we as a nation have adopted this technology and today it is pervading every sphere of our lives. Speaking for myself, I am a complete techno-geek and rely on these gadgets to keep myself organized. I absolutely love the Motorola products. They are really cool and stylish while offering the best applications. I am excited about making the difference, Right here! Right now!!”As Motorola’s brand ambassador, Abhishek will support marketing and branding efforts for the entire Mobile Device product range. Motorola’s brand quotient of youthful spirit, daring to be different, being bold and smart is in sync with Abhishek’s bold and daring attitude, enigmatic looks and unconventional style.

Announcing the MOTOSTAR, Mr. Allen Burnes, Corporate Vice President, High Growth Markets, Mobile Devices, Motorola Inc. said, “India is a significant and exciting market for Motorola where our relentless attention to our customers and razor sharp focus is enabling us to bring customers and consumers not only high quality products but also innovative and unique
services and brand collaborations.

via [phoneyworld]

Motorola to setup facility in Chennai

Motorola, the world’s second largest handset-maker, on Wednesday said it will spend $100 million in stages to set up a manufacturing facility near Chennai, in an attempt to boost sales in one of the world’s hottest mobile markets. “India is a vitally important market for Motorola and as a strategic manufacturing hub offers compelling value proposition and strong cost efficiencies,” Ron Garriques, executive vice-president at Motorola Inc, said in a statement.

Once its unit is up and running, Motorola would join companies like LG, Samsung, Elcoteq, XL Telecom and Nokia that have set up production facilities in the country.

All told, some 20 million handsets are expected to be produced in India this year, a figure that could go up by 50 per cent in 2007.

Motorola today signed a memorandum of understanding with the Tamil Nadu government for setting up its facility on a 300-acre Sriperumbudur Hi-Tech Special Economic Zone, where Flextronics and Foxcon will also have their facilities. Motorola will be allotted about 70 acres of land in this SEZ.

The company plans to make an initial investment of $30 million, which it expects to upscale to $100 million in the next one year. In the first phase, it will set up a facility over 2.5 lakh sq ft, which will manufacture mobile handsets, including sub-$30 mobile phones, and support production and assembly of network base stations for products across Motorola’s Network and Enterprise portfolio. It will also manufacture set-top boxes.

Addressing a press conference, Stu Reed, executive vice-president (integrated supply chain), Motorola Inc, said the manufacture of products like sub-$30 mobile handsets would go well with the government’s plan to offer rural connectivity.

He added that the plant would initially focus on serving the domestic market and later look at exporting products to neighbouring countries, West Asia and Africa.

The manufacturing facility is expected to be operational in early 2007 and will have a capacity to manufacture one million handsets per month. It is likely to employ about 3,000 people in the initial phase and the total employment is expected to go up to 7,000 in the second phase.

In addition to the company’s investment, it will facilitate its supplier to move into the park. Motorola’s manufacturing initiative will supplement its six R&D centres in India.

via [rediff]