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    Motorola to launch the first 'world' phone

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    Motorola to launch the first dual-band phone
    By Mure ××××ie in Beijing
    Published: May 30 2004 21:59 | Last Updated: May 30 2004 21:59

    Motorola , facing a challenge to its dominance of the Chinese mobile phone market, is preparing to launch a handset that works with both of the world's dominant wireless standards, the first time such technology would be introduced anywhere.

    The new "world phone", which can be used on both the GSM and CDMA networks, will become available by the end of the third quarter, potentially helping China Unicom, the country's second largest mobile operator, to lure more customers to its slow-growing CDMA services.

    Motorola dominated the Chinese mobile market, the world's largest in terms of subscribers, but has come under increasing pressure from Chinese manufacturers in recent years.

    Some telecommunications analysts have expressed concerns about the cost and technical performance of such dual-band phones but Motorola insists that its handset will function as well as standard models and allow users to access data services on both networks.

    The dual phone, priced 20 per cent higher than the average high-end CDMA phone, will be launched through China Unicom, followed by Indian CDMA operators Tata and Reliance and Verizon Wireless of the US.

    Motorola's move comes as the US telecoms equipment company claims to have stemmed a decline in its market share in China.

    Ron Garriques, a Motorola senior vice-president, said the company had been regaining market share since last November and expected to remain China's top handset provider with about 17 to 21 per cent of total sales. He said it had fought back by focusing on neglected smaller cities and improving its products.

    "I don't think we will ever get back to the low 30s market share that we once had . . . but I think that is okay," he said.

    For CDMA-focused operators such as China Unicom, the new phone offers a chance to appeal to high-value customers who often travel abroad and who tend to favour GSM services because the standard is more widely used round the world.

    Among China's mobile phone users, about 228m are users of European-developed GSM while 22.5m have opted for the CDMA standard favoured in the US.

    Motorola is likely to continue to face strong competition from local rivals with strong marketing networks and international vendors trying to expand into China. Japan's NEC on Friday u nveiled a restructuring of its Chinese mobile phone operations and plans to introduce more than 20 new handsets this year.

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    what was the author's last name, that it would get blocked by the swear filter?

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    Originally posted by tequilaworm
    what was the author's last name, that it would get blocked by the swear filter?
    'D*ckie'

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    Originally posted by Bratan
    'D*ckie'
    hhahah thats awesome...

    o yeah, nice article by the way

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    hey that is pretty neat .. thanks for the info...

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    We'll see how long it takes Motorola this time to release this.

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