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Second iTunes phone: Motorola RAZR V3i

updated 02:25 pm EST, Tue November 8, 2005

Second iTunes phone

Motorola today announced a new iTunes-supported version of its RAZR mobile handsets. The phone, expected later this year, will feature mobile iTunes software for integration with Apple's iTunes Music Store. The forthcoming launched by Motorola in early September. The software allows users to either randomly or manually autofill the phone/MP3 player with podcasts, audiobooks, or music songs. Since its launch, Apple has added full video support to iTunes, however, Motorola's product pages mention no support for video.

The original iTunes ROKR phone, which has failed to meet expectations and has not sold as well as analysts expected, limits music storage to 100 songs. However, with its second generation iTunes phone, Motorola didn't provide any further details on the iTunes integration, but noted that the handset offered a mini-USB stereo headset and a hot-swappable TransFlash memory card, which could be used to expand the music or other content storage. The company said that handsets featuring iTunes software will offer a dedicated iTunes key for easy access to music.

Motorola also launched new pink and blue versions of the RAZR phone along with a new CDMA RAZR with Ev-DO, designed for mobile carriers that utilize CDMA networks, such as Sprint and Verizon; however, Motorola said that iTunes support will depend on each mobile carrier and regional availability/support, and specifically indicated that iTunes would not be available on all models in all regions. Currently, the only available iTunes phone--the ROKR--is exclusively available through Cingular, an arrangement that may continue, following remarks by Apple's CEO Steve Jobs and interest by Cingular to create a joint music download service with Apple.




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  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    hahah

    It causes you go to deaf if you steal. What idiot came up with that idea? "If they're gonna steal it, we'll make them deaf so they can never steal or purchase music again! hahahaha... oh wait.... deaf isn't good if they don't buy CDs since they can't hear.. c***!"

  1. apostrophe

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    At least...

    This one looks half decent. Hopefully it wont run like a dead horse which I hear the ROKR does.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    F##$ cingular

    I was ready to get the iTunes RAZR the day it comes out, that is until I read that last paragraph above where it states that the iTunes RAZR may only be available through Cingular.

    I have Cingular, I hate them, all of my friends and acquaintances who have Cingular hate them.

    Sorry Steve-o, you picked a bad partner. I'm going with T-Mobile even if it means a non-iTunes RAZR in my pocket.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not bad...


    Well, let's hope that this phone ends up doing better... though it's still Moto, and they never disappoint to disappoint.

    climacs - not a bad partner at all, in terms of market penetration, and willingness to work with partners. T-Mobile (which I have and prefer myself) has been a dead duck over the past year in terms of doing ANYTHING, and their selection of phones has gone very stale. Until that changes, Cingular is a better partner for Apple.

  1. Cadaver

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    This should've been firs

    THIS is the phone the ROKR should have been. The ROKR was (is) selling like c*** because it looks like a phone out of the early '90s.
    This is the phone I'd be interested in, especially if its supported by iSync. I'd trade in my SonyEricson T637 for this if its as good as expected.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    t-mobile

    it's my perception that t-mobile has better coverage and better customer service, and I get a lot of feedback to support that perception.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Nice Lookin' Rig!

    Cool phone. Too bad it's a flip phone.

    My question is what's the battery life going to be like? When the battery of my phone is low, I only use it if it's absolutely necessary. The iPod nano is so small why bother with something like this?

    One other question: can't somebody make a slick phone without all the extra c***... uh, toys... like music players and cameras. Seriously, after the toy-factor wears thin, how much will this stuff actually get used?

  1. Avenir

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    SLVR is next

    Good. I'm hoping this means when the SLVR (candy bar) finally comes out (supposed to be in Q4 2005), it'll have iTunes support, and I'll blow another chunk of my paycheck. The Rokr was just a test run to get people used to it, the RAZR / SLVR will take off.

  1. badtz

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    cingular

    I don't understand why people don't like Cingular. I'm VERY happy with them, and they are the best GSM provider in the US.

  1. ender

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Cingular as Partner

    I have to agree with climacs...no matter how great an iTunes phone Motorola makes, if I can only get it from Cingular, it will never be my phone. I just coughed up a huge cancellation fee to get out of my contract with Cingular since it was useless as a PHONE service. They seem to be more concerned about all the "extras" that they can charge for as opposed to providing good phone service (or good customer service for that matter).

    So then I must admit that I'm a bit perplexed that Cingular agreed to field an iTunes phone that lets you load music directly from you computer as opposed to making you pay to transfer it over their network. Perhaps they are desperate to get a little iPod halo effect of their own?

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