Motorola’s next-gen RAZR2 to sport Apple iTunes software

“A slightly heftier version of Motorola’s top-selling RAZR mobile handset is under development and it includes new features such as Apple’s iTunes software, according to multiple reports,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider. “In an online report, howardchui.com posts several photos allegedly taken from an prototype of the phone, dubbed the Motorola RAZR2. The photos appear to be genuine and depict the same device shown briefly to the media by Motorola CEO Ed Zander at this year’s MOTONOW conference.”

“Earlier this month, Motorola said it plans frequent updates to its iTunes-enabled mobile phone offerings,” Marsal reports. “‘This (the ROKR) is the first phone in a series of phones that we will be launching over the next year,’ Carson Schmidt, Motorola’s general manager of regional operators, recently told Pocket Lint. ‘You can expect an announcement on a quarterly basis for new phones in the range.’ Carson also confirmed that Motorola’s iTunes deal with Apple is not exclusive and that other handset makers could follow suit in offering similar iTunes functionality in the near future.”

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15 Comments

  1. This should shut up the geeks living with their parents who don’t understand that a RAZR comes with a bloody high pricetag.

    The ‘cheap’ ROKR is supposed to be mass market, you morons.

  2. Nice. Oh, and … re the ROKR … bet it sells pretty good once the RAZR with iTunes is out. Bet we’re all prolly gonna be blushing about the early hesitation we had towards that ROKR phone. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  3. mike – there have been promotions to get the RAZR V3 for free after rebate. It took a while, but it happened. Also, there were earlier offers at $150.

    Since I want to get a RAZR anyway, having the iTunes feature is a nice bonus. It won’t be my primary music player, but will work in some situations.

  4. RAZR is free on Amazon and many other sites, which offer a 100% rebate on the purchase price as well as a discount which makes the initial cost $129-$149 before the rebate. Usually you have to wait 1-2 months before you can apply for the rebate from Cingular.

    I just got a RAZR, and it sucks. Really “digital” sounding audio, garbled beyond intelligibility, hollow… bad DSP in the phone I think. Also the speaker is hard to position on your ear, plus has a constant high-pitched whining, and distorts easily, and is not easy to hear (not loud enough). Overall it needs a lot of work – nice concept, but it’s a POS, IMO. Luckily I have 30 days in which to cancel the service and return it for full refund.

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