Monday, May 22, 2006

Motorola to sell Q phones in US through Verizon

Reuters reports that Motorola (MOT) said Verizon Wireless (VZ) will start selling the long-awaited Q handset on May 31. Dubbed the Blackberry killer, the Q will be sold by Verizon "for $199.99 after a $100 credit if the customer signs up for a two-year service contract."

The Q run Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows Mobile 5 operating system and is 3G enabled to run over Verizon's EVDO data network.

According to the article, some analysts thought "the Q is unlikely to be as big a seller for Motorola as the Razr because the new phone is relatively large." Charter Equity Research analyst Ed Synder said, "The growth in this product won't be significant enough to move the needle on Motorola's handset revenue."

After a long, long wait, the Q is almost here. Will it follow in the footsteps of Motorola's previous smartphone failures and disappointments? I'm not sure, but the $199 price point is very attractive and will help drive adoption....