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Motorola Trying To Upstage Nokia Store In Hometown

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May 22, 2006, 2:12 PM   by (staff)

Motorola could be opening a flagship store in Chicago as early as June 5. A representative from a Michigan Avenue space Motorola is trying to rent claims the company is trying to move into the space as soon as possible and has looked at additional properties on the so called "magnificent mile." If Motorola gets the space in question, the former site of the Terra Museum of American Art, the lease would be guaranteed for 6 months and then continue month to month until the site is demolished to make space for new condominiums. Motorola is reportedly rushing to open the store before Nokia opens its first US flagship store in Chicago later next month. Motorola is based in Schaumburg, a Chicago suburb.

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jaxim

May 23, 2006, 9:18 AM

Do Stores sell unlocked phones?

The real question about these new Motorola and Nokia stores is if they sell unlocked phones that have ALL of the features that the phone carriers usually cripple?

I hope so. If it means that I have to shell out a few hundred dollars directly to the phone manufacturer so my phone can access WIFI without incurring the expensive phone carriers charges, then I'm all for these stores!!
I don't see how they could do otherwise, since they're not selling the service or require a contract. Plus, other than Verizon & the Bluetooth Debacle, I don't know of any other carriers that have disabled any features on the phones. I guess that's w...
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pauldg

May 22, 2006, 3:09 PM

Chicago Co. but made in China

always found that ironic. As a sales rep, Moto has always been FANTASTIC to me: free phones, cubs/bears/bulls tickets 😎

with all due respect, i think my next phone will be purchased at the Nokia direct store. New Moto's just don't do it for me. That E3 looks pretty nice, but idk
that always amused me, nobody wanted kyocera because the name was too foreign but they were made in san diego, they all wanted the great american motorola... I would think "At least buy a LG, the people that make those at least pretend to like us"
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japhy

May 22, 2006, 4:21 PM

Why a store anyway?

Maybe I'm just ignorant about Motorola Nokia's product lines, and they also manufacture stereos and dishwashers, but what is the point of a store? The Nokia Experience centers make sense, somewhat, but since the majority of both company's products are sold by the carriers, why are they doing this? I can't imagine them moving too many RAZRs & SLVRS at the no contract price.

Anyone have any theories as to why they're moving in this direction?
The only thing I can think of is there are some phone, the Nokia N93 as one example that U.S. carriers won't carry, and there are U.S. consumers out there that desire a feature packed mobile phone, and so therefore Nokia IS making these phones availab...
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