Motorola disabling EDGE on new phones

Motorola said initial shipments of its latest handset offerings may not be EDGE enabled due to problems with chips supplied by RF Micro Devices. Motorola promised earlier in the year that the Pebl and Slvr handsets would support GSM, GPRS, and EDGE networks, but many of RFMD's chips did not perform well during test runs. Motorola fined RFMD $5 million and plans to deal with the problem by offering two versions of each affected model: those with enabled EDGE chips and those with the disabled EDGE chips. Motorola said the incident has not affected the companies' partnership and that it will continue to use RFMD's technology in the future.

To read more about Motorola, RFMD, and EDGE:
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