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Motorola's Handset Arm Prepping for Massive Layoffs

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R.I.P. Motorola Q

htrony

Jan 11, 2009, 8:58 PM
I never owned one, but I felt it was a nice phone, or at least installed the razr-esque ideology into PDA phones, then again, perhaps we can expect an android based Moto Q.
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sprintrep08

Jan 12, 2009, 1:56 AM
motorola phones suck balls anyways... never get a motorola... EVER

razr=worst phone ever made...
Q= second worst phone ever made...
q9= 3rd worst ever made
slvr=retarded...


motorola=slow crappy retarded phones
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Jayshmay

Jan 12, 2009, 5:19 AM
Motorola=INVENTED the cell phone.

Give some love & respect to the company that brought the cellular phone to the consumer market!!!!

It's a damn shame what is happening with Motorola,
- !!BUT!! - Motorola is NOT the only tech company suffering/laying people off.

Just in case you don't believe me about Martin Cooper of Motorola INVENTING the cell phone, here is a link:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfgate/detail?bl ... »
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art23ncsu

Jan 12, 2009, 10:39 AM
sprintrep08 said:
motorola phones suck balls anyways... never get a motorola... EVER

razr=worst phone ever made...
Q= second worst phone ever made...
q9= 3rd worst ever made
slvr=retarded...


motorola=slow crappy retarded phones


I agree to all but the Razer. Definetely not the worst phone ever made. I could think of many more. The razer is the most sold phone in the world, ever. Over 50 million Motorola Razers have been sold. Yes, 50 Million. Yes battery life sucked on alot and yes the water damage sticker was always indicating red on EVERYONES cell phone due to regular life/condensation. But I have come across tons of people that were completely happy with it. Motorola also used to have the...
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AndrewGS

Jan 12, 2009, 12:04 PM
You're a Sprint rep. and you're calling Motorola junk?

I used to sell every major carrier in the US and Motorola did have a rash of bad CDMA handsets in the early '00s, but their GSM products were usually great, including my ROKR E1, ROKR Z6, SLVR L9, RIZR Z3, PEBL U6 and Q9h.

Were you around for the Samsung N200? Any CDMA Nokia?
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bluecoyote

Jan 12, 2009, 2:12 PM
Not since the days of the Samsung N200 had I ever witnessed such crappy phones on Sprint's network (excluding HTC). The 1st gen RAZR V3M and KRZR were slow to the point of being unusable, and their batteries lasted half a day if you were lucky. It was pretty common for owners to have the phone replaced on a bi-weekly basis.

Motorola's quality control went to crap. Their UI got increasingly stale and glitchy, and they just pounded out the same phone designs over and over.

The only positives were that until Ed Zander really killed off all innovation in the company, at least their designs were good. Whereas LG and Samsung were content making phones with all sorts of wierd lumps and bumps at least Motorola kept things sleek and ...
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htrony

Jan 12, 2009, 3:37 PM
Are you serious? What is the deal with you being being so negative.. The Motorola Razr is a historic mobile device. It was the first phone to make a serious fashion statement and it "forced" other cell phone companies to put more effort into the cosmetics. The phone has sold over 50 million different versions. I mean how can I take you seriously when you think the RAZR is the worst phone ever made when it seems to be the best selling phone of all time. Also, the Moto Q took this same idea and put it into PDA phones, of which were notoriously known to be bulky and ugly beforehand. Seriously, again, the Moto Q is another historic phone. I've used all 3 phones you mentioned, and they all had their advantages and disadvantages, but none of them ...
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coldsmoke

Jan 12, 2009, 3:39 PM
Now, let me get this straight...... some dude with the name "sprintrep08" is giving grief to Motorola!
HA!..... Sprint is the next one in the tank. Actually, I think they've been in the tank since they bought Nextel. Talk about idiotic decisions.....
Sprint was a bad choice for a cellular provider BEFORE buying Nextel. Then Nextel comes on the scene and the Sprint reps can't figure out which version of which phone to sell you. And God forbid you call their tech line for support..... you have a push to what phone???

Come on fella, get a life.
Motorola as a company has been an industry leader in a number of areas, cell phones being only ONE of them. They also lead the field in two way communication devices, set top boxes for the c...
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japhy

Jan 12, 2009, 1:56 PM
Half the handset business? Not showing up at CTIA?!?! This is the equivalent of someone just getting back from their oncologist and can't tell you what was said because they're crying too much: it's bad news.

Then again, Moto skated by a long time on stale design language, resting it's laurels on the RAZR far more than just about anyone thought was prudent. By anyone's account, they've done their part to earn this result, but it's still very sad to see so many people's job's slashed.

I thought it odd that the handset business was the focus of the cuts, but then it makes sense given that the other areas don't require nearly as much marketing & carrier negotiation/development to be successful/profitable, and could be considered...
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