April 21, 2005 10:32 AM PDT

Motorola CEO: iTunes phone coming soon

Motorola CEO Ed Zander hailed a solid quarter for the phone maker and promised that the long-awaited, oft-delayed iTunes phone will debut soon.

In a conference call to discuss the company's first-quarter results on Wednesday, Zander said the company has had "another bang-up quarter" and will be looking to new technologies to drive growth.

"We see continued opportunity for profitable growth...driven by investment in (research and development) that delivers new product designs and experiences based on 3G and eventually 4G technology," as well as the continuing use of the Java Linux software platform and brand development, Zander said.

Push to view, the video equivalent of push to talk, is "right around the corner," he added.

Motorola shipped 28.7 million handsets worldwide in its first quarter--a year-over-year increase of 13 percent. Its market share also grew and now stands at just over 17 percent.

Zander also said that the iTunes phone "will be coming out in the next few months."

The companies announced in July that they would be releasing the phone, but despite repeated promises, a concrete commercial launch date has not been forthcoming.

A Motorola representative confirmed that the phone will be available in the first half of this year.

The delays in the launch of the phone have prompted speculation that some major U.S. carriers are hesitant to stock the phones, which would encourage consumers to buy music on a computer rather than over a phone network.

The Motorola representative denied that was the case, however.

Jo Best of Silicon.com reported from London.

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Give CNet credit where it's due...
They seem to be the only news outlet that has accurately called the "telcos won't carry iTunes" reports speculation, which they are. (IIRC, this rumor was started by one guy at TheStreet.com.)

So many others have been stating it as gospel, when there has been no official statement from any telco, or a statement of any kind by anyone with a name, for that matter.
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Motorola and Apple again huh?
Don't know if I'm too excited about Motorola trying to climb back in bed with Apple (they use to make the processor for Apple before they bailed and IBM has it all). I am happy to see anything support Apple, but I hope this potential doesn't turn into a negative as all Motorola phones since the StarTek.
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