“Asked, at the OPA Forum for the Future conference in London, what the company thinks of the Apple iPhone, Motorola European marketing director Simon Thompson huffed: ‘We thought it looked very pretty and white. iPhone, iPhone, iPhone! I’m just bored of this darned question. Look, there will be a billion phones sold next year – on a good year, there will be 10 million iPhones,'” Robert Andrews reports for MocoNews.

Andrews reports that Thompson further stated, “More and more consumers are after a more multimedia experience – that’s the basic reality. There are a billion phones sold every year; there are 150 million PCs; the PC tendency is not upwards, the phone tendency is upwards. New, developing markets will expect the power of a PC in their hands very soon – in a ‘phone’, not a ‘device.'”

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Not only does the impending roadkill not know even the color of the steamroller bearing down on it, it also doesn’t understand that what it just described as desired by more and more consumers is “iPhone, iPhone, iPhone!” Looks like some of these bozos won’t even know what hit them.

Simon Thompson, and others like him, really should sit down, take a deep breath, relax, and ask themselves, “Is it really smart to come off as ignorant and unprepared in order to project a confidence that lacks basis in reality?”

Obviously, Motorola et al. do not have time to get out of the way, but do their executives really want to look like they were deer caught in the headlights after the bloody fact? We’d respect them if they just admitted the truth for once: their products are highly-confusing messes and they’re embarrassed after seeing Apple’s iPhone. Of course, we’ll never get that level of truth, but this “very pretty and white” stuff is exactly the wrong way to go; Thompson’s sprinting toward Apple’s oncoming grill!

What do we predict for Motorola? In the immortal word of Mr. T: “Pain.”

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