Coming Soon: a $50 Windows Mobile Smartphone

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Although it just launched a week or so ago, sales of the Motorola Q have been very good. So good, in fact, that Ron Garriques, President of the company’s Mobile Division, couldn’t resist bragging at the recent Bear Stearns Conference that they compare with another huge hit from Motorola, the RAZR.

 But Mr. Garriques didn’t stop there. He went to to predict that, if the Q continues to be as successful as it is now, carriers will be selling so many of them that they will be able to drop the subsidized price from $200 to just $50 by the end of this year. 

A Major Breakthrough

If Garriques’ prediction comes true, this could be a very significant step in the adoption of smartphones in the U.S.

Although many potential customers are intrigued by the functionality of these devices, they are turned off by the high prices, especially as many of them are accustomed to getting their phones for free when they sign a contract with a service provider. This has kept the market penetration of this class of mobile devices relatively low.

A $50 Motorola Q, on the other hand, might tempt significant numbers of people to take the plunge and upgrade to a smartphone.

More About the Motorola Q

Its maker claims that the Motorola Q is “the world’s thinnest, lightest QWERTY phone”.

It has a tablet design, with a 320-by-240-pixel screen above a backlit keyboard. In a slightly unusual move, this screen is in landscape mode by default.

Potential buyers should keep in mind that this is not a Pocket PC, and therefore it doesn’t have a touchscreen.

Instead, this device runs Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone. The good news is that it will support Microsoft’s push email system. However, at this point the necessary software to use this system is not pre-installed.

The Motorola Q isn’t just about email, though. It is able to play music in a variety of formats and it sports dual speakers.

It has 49 MB of internal Storage available  to users, and miniSD slot offers additional room for music, as well as other types of files.

It also includes a 1.3 megapixel camera and Bluetooth short-range wireless networking.

Not surprisingly, the Q supports Verizon’s high-speed, EV-DO wireless network.

More information on this smartphone is available on Verizon’s web site.

 

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