Analyst: Apple ‘iPhone’ could put a dent in Motorola

“According to a media report, Apple Computer is planning to institute a multimedia cellular telephone, which ‘could put a dent in’ Motorola’s profits, said the analyst in a report Monday,” Kate DuBose Tomassi reports for Forbes.

“‘As the U.S. handset leader, Motorola may be vulnerable to any new handset trend but we believe it is ready to ship in size its own innovative products soon,’ said [Standard & Poor’s Equity Research analyst Kenneth Leon],” Tomassi reports “Motorola’s answer to the Apple product will be the ‘new, more robust SLVR’ with the capability for more than 500 songs, Leon said.”

Full article here.
More than 500 songs in a Motorola phone? Sure, a Windows Media-based Motorola phone, maybe. We might be wrong, but we don’t see an iTunes-based Motorola phone exceeding 100 songs to compete with an Apple ‘iPhone,’ if there is one, that is (and we hope that there will be an Apple-branded phone someday).

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  1. If the iPhone isn’t carried by Cingular Stores, Apple might as well forget it.

    I don’t beleive Apple would attempt to get into the phone market, it’s incredibly competitve and the only profit is coming from the carrier plans.

    I can get two of the latest RAZR phones for absolutely no cost, if I sign a 2 year carrier deal.

    It would be like Apple giving away iPods to sell music for the RIAA.

    All the phones are now competiting on selling music, Apple doesn’t have a chance in hell. Because the carriers want a piece of the action and most of the current 99¢ goes to the Labels.

    No, I’m afraid the numbers just don’t work and Apple would be at a terrific disadvantage in a already highly competitive market.

    Not a lot of people are going to buy a iPhone just because Apple sells it.

    Just like a lot of people are not going to buy that çrappy iPod HiFi “audiophile” wannabe piece of junk.

  2. If the iPhone is only carried by Cingular, Apple might as well forget it.

    Cingular repeatedly wins the JD Powers award for “Worst” customer service and that’s hard to do with a crappy service provider like Sprint in the market.

  3. If Apple wanted to get into the phone market, they would have done so from the very begining, not partnered with Motorola.

    The Moto deal was the same like iPod car integration and the HP deal, grab everything you can to establish as much territory as possible and then trim off the fat.

    Now new cars are getting satellite radio, not iPod integration anymore (Jeeps for one), Moto kicked Apple out because the carriers want a cut of songs bought, HP kicked Apple out because they were not getting a cut of iPod sales. IBM kicked out Apple because of Steve.

    So good old Steve is burning his bridges very fast, I wonder how long the deal with Intel will last?

    I wonder what’s going to happen with Disney too.

  4. Why couldn’t Apple move these phones the same way Motorola moves theirs? Pick a single carrier (Cingular, based on current offerings, is most likely) and make the phone available.

    If it’s as elegant a phone as the iPod and OSX, people will switch to Cingular just so they can use the phone. And *especially* if Cingular subsidizes it (probably as a condition of the contract w/ Apple.)

    Then jobs gets to do 20 minutes showing off the phone and finish with “..and it’s free.”

    Of course, the device doesn’t exist, and there are no credible sources saying it ever will. So we’re all shouting into our own asses here.

  5. Awhile back, I swore to God that if I heard one more asinine story about a mythical “iPhone”, I was going to throw up. Now I’ll be spending the evening trying to clean the puke out of keyboard. Thanks a lot MDN!

  6. When you look at the combination of OS, UI and physical design of any phone currently out there, on the whole they either suck royally or just plain suck, right?
    Be it:
    * unintuitive keypad/input/navigation system,
    * ugly, baffliing and unhelpful Windows-esque UI,
    * infuriatingly difficult data send/receive set up,
    * dictionary filled with non-words instead of real words (SonyEriccson, are you listening?),
    * lacking in even the most rudimentary grammar and pre-emptive text intelligence (yes SE, I’d really be more likely to be referring to my ‘nun’ rather than my ‘mum’),
    * a lumpy, bumpy case covered in lots of pointless plastic bits and gaudy colours,
    * phones which on the one hand are very light, and on the other, very fragile because the build quality is crap and materials are sub-standard,
    * or carrier side limitiation which simply don’t make sense (5 or 10 second ring so you miss half your calls fumbling for your phone and are forced to call back).

    I’m sure that’s not an exhaustive list of what’s wrong with the current crop of mobiles out there. What other shortcomings can you come up with which an Apple phone would almost certainly fix?

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