Motorola: Squeezing BlackBerry?


By Roger O. Crockett Motorola (MOT) will soon unveil a challenger to the BlackBerry -- the ubiquitous mobile e-mail device made by Research in Motion -- based on Moto's sleek, hot-selling Razr phone. Dubbed the RazrBerry by gearheads, it's said to pack a keyboard and a Windows Mobile operating system onto a candy-bar-size phone just as slim as the Razr (see BW Online, 7/12/05, "For BlackBerry, a Crop of Rivals").

"It's a compelling-looking device," says Charles Golvin, a Forrester Research analyst. But he notes the cool factor won't matter much if the gizmo doesn't function as smoothly as a BlackBerry.

A Motorola spokesperson says the company won't comment on unreleased products, but techie blogs such as engadget.com and msmobiles.com have already posted leaked pics of prototypes. A version of the RazrBerry (that won't be its official name) ought to hit stores by year's end. Crockett is BusinessWeek's deputy bureau manager in Chicago


We Almost Lost the Nasdaq
LIMITED-TIME OFFER SUBSCRIBE NOW

(enter your email)
(enter up to 5 email addresses, separated by commas)

Max 250 characters

 
blog comments powered by Disqus