Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Motorola's new Q phone hits store

Motorola's new Q phone hits store
By Mike Hughlett
Copyright © 2007, Chicago Tribune
10:50 AM CDT, August 22, 2007

The next generation of Motorola's Q smartphone went on sale online Wednesday through Verizon Wireless, and will be available in Verizon Wireless's retail outlets -- including those in Circuit City -- on Aug. 29.

The Q9m, as it's dubbed, costs $300 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two-year wireless plan with Verizon.

The original Q, in May 2006, was Schaumburg-based Motorola's first smart phone featuring a full typewriter keyboard. The new Q has improved battery life and runs on Windows Mobile 6.0.

It also features what Motorola says is an improved keyboard -- i.e. one less condusive to finger slippage. The Verizon Q is optimized for music, featuring two stereo speakers and a dedicated user interface for Verizon's V Cast music service. Motorola is hoping the new Q will help boost its struggling mobile phone division.


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