Motorola halves R&D labs, axes 150 research jobs

“Motorola Inc., the No. 3 mobile phone maker, said on Friday it would roughly halve the size of its research labs to about 300 people as it plans to halt some projects and move at least 180 people to other units,” Sinead Carew reports for Reuters.

“The loss-making company, which is planning to spin off its cell phone business amid huge market share losses and sharp criticism of its phone designs, said 180 research labs workers would be moved to its three business units, effective July 1,” Carew reports.

“To reduce costs, another 150 Motorola research positions will be cut worldwide as Motorola stops some research projects, according to spokeswoman Maya Komadina, who did not disclose which projects would end or in which countries,” Carew reports.

“Motorola, which has been losing ground in the cell phone market after failing to come up with a strong successor to its once-lauded Razr phone, is expected to spin off its mobile devices business in 2009,” Carew reports.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dirty Pierre le Punk” for the heads up.]

May 10, 2007: Motorola’s then-Chairman and then-CEO Ed Zander said his company was ready for competition from Apple’s iPhone, due out the following month. “How do you deal with that?” Zander was asked at the Software 2007 conference Wednesday in Santa Clara, Calif. Zander quickly retorted, “How do they deal with us?”IDG News Service


  1. Motorola’s first Razr phone worked just fine for me. I could download my “Contacts” from Address Book, and did have a hack to get iCal into the phone. Then the phone was stolen!

    The new Razr that I bought to replace it was their top of the line. It won’t interface with my Mac at all!!

    I would probably have bought one for my wife and held off on an iPhone till my Telus contract waned, but not now!!

    Screw Motorola. They are dead to me!

  2. Oh come on MDN; the iPhone isn’t the sole reason Motorola’s been having problems. The fact that they haven’t come up with a successor to the RAZR is the issue. Stop declaring war on every single phone company simply because they make a product in the same field as Apple. The vast majority of people cannot afford or will not spend $200 on an iPhone, and are perfectly fine with a phone that simply makes calls and is given to them for free.

  3. Moto can’t compete with Apple’s deep pockets!

    I happen to like my slim, reliable, “just makes phone calls”, Motorolla phone.

    Heck it only cost me $30 and I only pay less than $20 a month in cell phone minutes. (it’s a T*****phone)

    People are just tired of “toys” they can no longer afford.

    Now Blackberry is strong because they are required for buisnesses, so it’s a write-off.

    Of course if Apple invaded the business space with their computers they could weather harsh times when people only buy what they need to make MONEY, not “TOYS” like the iPhone is.

    But Apple is just scared of the business space.

  4. @Mad Mac Maniac

    um… wtf???

    fine, you like your motorolla phone, good for you, but don’t even try calling an iPhone a ‘toy’, with v2 it can be used to play games, but for businesses it will be a major tool for anyone on the go. The enterprise tools that Apple is adding on with v2 are in direct competition to Blackberry and even one-ups it nicely. Apple is not ‘scared’ of the business space, they tend to concentrate on their strength, consumers, it’s only recently that they’ve paid business users any real attention and are starting to build for them as well as for us.

  5. @ Mad Mac Maniac,

    Who cares what Afib thinks? How about a show of hands. I thought so.

    Go peddle your bullshit elsewhere or I will direct everyone to your website and have them hijack your threads.

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