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Motorola Exploring Sale of Handset Business

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Jan 31, 2008, 5:16 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Jan 31, 2008, 5:24 PM

Motorola issued at statement late today that indicated it is exploring options for the future of its handset division. Those options include spinning off or selling the handset business altogether, so that the company can separate its businesses and recover about $20 billion in shareholder value. The company has been besieged by lost market share, discontented shareholders, and plummeting profits over the course of the last year as it struggles to bring popular handsets to market. Motorola's handset business represents nearly half of its $36 billion in revenue. Motorola also makes and sells set top boxes for cable TV systems, WiMax and Wi-Fi backhaul equipment, ruggedized enterprise computing systems and two-way radios for first responders. Motorola reiterated that nothing concrete has been decided and that the entire company is not for sale. It is only researching the best way to move forward with its handset business at this time.

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3boos

Feb 4, 2008, 9:01 PM

Not gonna happen

Motorola CEO takes charge of troubled handset unit

http://www.reuters.com/article/marketsNews/idINN0346 ... »
A sale may not happen. But, look what Ron May claims to know.

http://www.tmronline.com/A55951/tmrarticles.nsf/e17d ... »

Joint venture FTW! Let's face it Motorola needs a new ...
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Pink Jazz

Feb 4, 2008, 3:28 PM

Nokia the logical buyer?

I was thinking that Nokia would be a logical buyer for Motorola's handset division. Here is why:

Nokia - strong in most of the world but weak in the United States

Motorola - strong in the United States but weak elsewhere

If Nokia buys Motorola's handset division, they will easily win back the U.S. market, which Nokia has been struggling in.
Makes Sense. However, how do you feel that there would be an integration of product lines? Would Nokia do away with Hello MOTO all together or would they continue selling the handsets?

Having a possible gain by your theory; would Nokia manufactur...
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chainmail311

Jan 31, 2008, 5:33 PM

BUY BUY BUY

STOCKS NOW!
I am I added to long term IRA holdings EXC,APA,XOM,BUD VSDI, QSII,NTGR,NUAN,SAY,IFN,SPLS recently. And bought not only a Nokia Phone (albeit used) but some $33 dollar stock based on that phone.

Not a debt laden wireless carrier in the bunch.
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lemmiwinks

Jan 31, 2008, 5:31 PM

OH NO!!

What will we do with out 300 different versions of the razr?
I dunno...I might buy a useful phone now.... Very Happy
[insert joke about cutting oneself here]

Wink Very Happy

I want to feel bad about this, but it's been coming for a long time - they're not a creatively bankrupt company, but they've been practically moving backwards compared to most of their compe...
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The Razr 2 is a great phone. Its by far the best phone on the market.
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Sprint_Dew

Jan 31, 2008, 5:58 PM

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

I am the only one left that likes Motorola phones? I've used Motorola phones for years and have always been happy...now granted I never bought a razr only iden and the hybrid ic902, which is the best phone I have ever used! Don't sell Moto Crying or Very sad
When it comes to iDen, Nextel/PTT phones, do you really have a choice in other brands of cellphones?
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Sprint_Dew said:
I am the only one left that likes Motorola phones? I've used Motorola phones for years and have always been happy...now granted I never bought a razr only iden and the hybrid ic902, which is the best phone I have e
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The sooner the better! At least make some phones that dont have the UI and bluetooth crippled beyond belief. I had an old moto that i gave away. Compared to SE , Nokia , LG , and lots of others moto doesnt hold a candle to them. Not even in the same ...
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Well the last Motorolas I had were a complete disappointment. I had a RAZR for one day and got rid of it for an MPX220 which was a complete disappointment. Too many bugs, gave it up for a T637 until now for the N82 which so far is the best phone I cou...
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ibnturab

Feb 1, 2008, 12:18 AM

Not Suprising, They had it coming for a While

Why I'm not surprised? Well, I can't claim to be know everything about cellphones, but I do know a little. I know that what Moto has been producing in the last 2 years has been 2 years Behind the competition. In terms of GSM phones [which are the only real ones that count], their handset line is pathetic. For instance, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG and others have all released high tech phones with built in 5 mp cameras, Wifi, GPS in 2007. Good old Moto doesn't even have one phone out there that is has better camera quality than 2 megapixel. With the exception of the Q9, None of their phones even have built in wifi.
In terms of style, the razr and slvr were cool in 2005, but moto hasn't produced anything new since. Even Apple, which ha...
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the last decent phone that motorola made was the T730 / T731c Wink
betagamma

Jan 31, 2008, 8:47 PM

This is a Sad Day for the Pioneers

Oh cruel world!!!
Why are thou so competitive,
That pioneer in the art of phones may not survive...


Seriously though, it is sad that the inventors of cell phones are considering they are no longer willing to stay in this business..

GREG BROWN is worse than his predecessor (the worthless Ed Zander), in that he wants to immediately destroy the primary business of the company he just took helm of.
sonstar

Jan 31, 2008, 5:58 PM

Start Something New

If Moto would start with a newer app friendly OS then they might sell but when going for style and nothing that is notably app friendly then what will be continued. People will only buy style untill the next fad comes.

Sonstar
berger1

Jan 31, 2008, 5:39 PM

thank you

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