Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Motorola Unveils Q Smartphone
By a WALL STREET JOURNAL Staff ReporterMay 23, 2006; Page D2
Motorola Inc. yesterday unveiled its Q smartphone, an ultrathin, Bluetooth-enabled device that includes a phone, a music-and-video player, email and desktop functions.
The Q enters a crowded field dominated by Research In Motion Ltd.'s Blackberry and Palm Inc.'s Treo smartphones. Samsung Corp. and Nokia Corp. have similar devices, which target the lucrative corporate market.
Motorola said the Q, which runs Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Mobile 5.0 software, will be available May 31 for customers of Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon Communications Inc. and Britain's Vodafone Group PLC.
A version running on technology compatible with Cingular Wireless will be available at the end of the year, although Motorola didn't specifically name the carrier. Cingular Wireless is a joint venture of AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp.
WALL STREET JOURNAL VIDEO
Motorola CEO Ed Zander1 talks about the future of mobile Internet and his company's new Q smartphone.
While the Q will initially target corporate customers, Motorola Chief Executive Ed Zander sees more potential for the device.
The Schaumburg, Ill., mobile-phone and wireless-communications company has spent roughly two years developing the device, which was expected earlier in the year.