Motorola is in discussions with "all large" U.S. carriers for Android phones, the company's co-CEO said. Speaking at a financial analyst conference, Sanjay Jha said that Motorola is "in talks with all large operators in U.S.," according to Dow Jones Newswires, and is "fairly hopeful we will begin to engage with all the large U.S. operators." The comments come just days after Jha debuted Motorola first Android phone, the Cliq, at an event in San Francisco alongside T-Mobile USA CTO Cole Brodman.
Although Dow Jones Newswires reported that Jha said Motorola is in talks with other U.S. carriers besides T-Mobile to sell the Cliq, a Motorola spokesperson said his comments were misreported.
"Mr. Jha's comments at the Deutsche Bank Securities 2009 Technology Conference on Sept. 14 were in reference to Motorola's 2010 Android portfolio," the Motorola spokeswoman said. "While we cannot comment on future announcement plans, we can say that a majority of the products we will introduce around the globe will be based on Android and will deliver deeply integrated experiences like MotoBLUR."
When the phone was released, both Motorola and T-Mobile emphasized that the Cliq would be available exclusively through T-Mobile, though they did not say for how long. The smartphone is scheduled to be released in time for the holiday shopping season, though the companies did not provide specific pricing or availability information. The Cliq also will be available overseas through carriers such as France Telecom's Orange in the United Kingdom and France, Telefonica in Spain and American Movil in Latin America.
Motorola is expected to release its second Android phone in the next few weeks, and it is widely expected that Verizon Wireless will be its carrier partner for that phone.
Motorola's Cliq sports the company's new software UI, called MotoBLUR, which lets users customize their device home page and synchronize their various social networking activities. For example, a user can post one status update across a range of social networking services, and see messages from various sources--including emails, text messages and social networking messages--on the home screen.
- see this Dow Jones Newswires article (sub. req.)
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