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Motorola Develops 5 Low Cost Handsets

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Sep 28, 2005, 12:46 PM   by (staff)

Motorola yesterday unveiled five new low cost handsets for emerging markets. Some devices are designed to retail for as little as $30 without carrier subsidies. In order to keep costs down, the handsets include only the most basic features. Out of the five, the two most feature-rich devices will probably be sold in the US. The C257 and C261 are GSM handsets with large, bright color screens similar in style to the previously announced V270 (L2) and V280 (L6) SLVR models, but thicker. In addition to the basic feature set, the C261 adds a VGA camera. Motorola has not yet announced release dates for any of these new models globally or here in the US.




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Sep 28, 2005, 2:18 PM

No Skimping on Signal

I think this is a good idea, just as long as they don't skimp on RF quality and reliability, otherwise who will buy them? There are many people who don't prefer anything beyond making a simple phone call.

I hope that this doesn't exercise the phrase "you get what you pay for" in the overall quality aspect.
While RF quality might or might not be something that suffers from this low-cost direction, realize that this effort is driven by two factors:
First, despite all the fees that companies like Cingular, Sprextel, and Verizon charge, they actually lose...

Sep 29, 2005, 5:42 PM

possible to make lower quality Moto phone???!

I'm glad their R&D department is spending their time doing something.
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