Motorola keeps riding the RAZR train

The RAZR once again pushed Motorola's global handset market share and contributed to the company's dramatic increase in sales and earnings in the second quarter. The vendor reported a 29-percent increase in sales to $10.88 billion from $8.41 billion the previous year. Profit jumped 48 percent to $1.38 billion from $933 million in the same quarter last year. The RAZR platform helped Motorola ship 51.9 million phones in the quarter, propelling the company's global market share to 22 percent, a four percentage point increase from the second quarter 2005. Two-thirds of Motorola's sales, or $7.14 billion, came from mobile phones. The question is, what will investors do? Motorola's shares have actually fallen more than 15 percent this year as investors worry about the RAZR train running out of steam. Motorola has a history of milking products too long and missing out on the next revolution. But Ed Zander told analysts during a conference call that Motorola has only just begun with the RAZR.

To read more about Motorola's second-quarter results:
- check out this article from The Wall Street Journal (sub.req.)