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Sprint Gets Cozy With Motorola

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Aug 3, 2006, 12:19 PM   by (staff)

Sprint COO Len Lauer today said the company will sell phones from the RAZR family, as well as the Motorola Q and SLVR in the fourth quarter this year. Currently Sprint only sells one handset from Motorola, an entry level clamshell, which was noteworthy only because it had been some time since Sprint sold Motorola handsets at all. Some analysts have blamed Sprint's lack of popular Motorola handsets for its poor financial performance recently. Sprint's Nextel division uses Motorola handsets exclusively, and may have paved the way for the carrier to begin offering Motorola's line.

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Aug 4, 2006, 4:03 PM

As a service and repair tech for Sprint...

I have one thing to say: NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Moto's are absolute garbage! The c290 has about a 50% failure rate!

Let us be different by not offering the trendy yet GARBAGE Moto's!
i work for a moto service center, moto's suck. you have your work cut out for you!

Aug 3, 2006, 12:26 PM

It's about friggin time!!!

Enough said.
Oh great, this can spark an 'inter-carrier' is the Sammy Blade better than the RAZR....
Well considering Motorola owned a large stake in Nextel pre-merger one would expect they one a fair size stake in SprintNextel. So it would be fairly logical to expect them to use Motorola phones- you know keeping the money at home.


Aug 7, 2006, 2:15 PM


Sprint with a Motorola Q and SLVR phones???

Aug 3, 2006, 2:17 PM

I wonder how Samsung is going to take this??

😲 Samsung might take this move as a slap in the face. I mean the Blade was to counter the RAZR. With the new KRZR on the way as well as the SLVR...Sprint users are going to see the battle between Motorola and Samsung...so let the battle begin!!
I think Motorola will take away much more of Sanyo's share.

Sprint has way too many Sanyo phones that provide limited differentiation but lots of development time.

I also think they will take a little from Samsung, but not as much as you may thi...
Samsung is pry thankful anyways. They where given an opportunity to compete with the razr by sprint after all.

Aug 4, 2006, 9:32 AM

Great, Sprint decending into mediocracy

Motorola handsets are crap. The razr lasts about 2 months before it breaks. And their other phones are garbage as well. The only reason Nextel uses Motorola is they are the only supplier of iden.
🤣 Sprint is descending into mediocrity? If that's the case, where exactly were they before?
They may be garbage, but there is no denying how popular they are. If Sprint wants to keep up in the market, they have to offer phones that the public wants. The razrs and slvrs appeal to teens, and thus, would help the sale of family plans, and up...

Aug 4, 2006, 11:04 AM

sprint was the best service before this, but now.....!!!

it is going to be even better! With its current lineup, and then adding these phones it will be the new giant! It will blow VZW and its expensive over-priced plans of the water! I agree with that the analysts say about its lack of these flashy moto phones (which i personally don't care for) being a downfall for sprint, but now they will get a huuuuge life! Can i get an AMEN?

😁 🙂
Imo Sprint has the best line of phones to begin with. Motos are just ok, and now they will get to compete directly with the Blade and Katana. We shall see how the public responds. May the better phone win! I personally doubt that having Motoro...
pm-325 rox

Aug 3, 2006, 12:47 PM

this is what ive been whating for

last week:

im mad, sprint pcs dosen't have cool phones like cingy, t-moby, and verizon...e. i think its time for a change, and yes i know what your going to say, " sprint is a buisness provider""it doesn't have a cma or gsm of jdfviehv, i don't know im not a phone expert, anyway i'm just here to say why can't sprint just get it's head in the game, you no? ..

today: my prayers have been answered
Hmmm. Asides from the RAZR (maybe) I think VZW is below SPCS in handset selection... Just an opinion.
two or three years ago they were ahead of the game by having the first camera phone in america and having phones with the vision network which was ok but still it was good because it was doing more than the other companies. but now its starting to get...
They need to cut down on the Sanyos and one less Samsung which dominate their line.
Yes, Sprint did have the best phones four years ago and now they are coming back again! I have the new Fusic , and love the FM Transmitter. Does choc have that? Sprint did have the first US camera Phone and coming soon they will be the first US carrie...

Aug 3, 2006, 1:37 PM

Pretty surprising

I'll admit, I'm pretty surprised that this went down give then long standing lack of camaraderie between Motorola and Sprint. Especially since Sprint was willing to sell blatant RAZR ripoffs such as Samsung's A900 and Sanyo's Katana. It will be interesting to see how consumers and carriers react to having the very similar products available through the same carrier.
the RAZR is still trying to to compete with Sam a900, as theres not a slim line phone available that will do what the 900 will, and the Katana was nothing more than a reduced price slim line for the Sprint customers to buy who doesn't need all the per...
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