NEW YORK The top three U.S. wireless service
providers said on Friday they would start selling the successor
to Motorola Inc's MOT.N Razr phone, which includes a 2
Megapixel camera and a music player.
Motorola had unveiled the Razr2, a slimmer version of its
once-lauded flagship Razr, in May amid flagging market share
due to a lack of advanced phones.
The company has faced criticism for cutting the price of
its original Razr phone too quickly and for depending too much
on the Razr, which has sold 100 million phones since late 2004,
instead of coming up with new product concepts.
Service provider rivals AT&T Inc (T.N) , Verizon Wireless
and Sprint Nextel Corp (S.N) announced plans on Friday to start
selling the Razr2, which will work on their high-speed wireless
networks, in coming weeks.
AT&T and Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon
Communications (VZ.N) and Vodafone Group Plc (VOD.L), both said
they would start selling the phone in September for $299 to
customers who sign a 2 year contract.
Sprint said it would start taking telephone orders for the
phone on August 22 and will charge $249 to customers who sign
up for a 2 year contract. It plans to start selling the device
in its stores on September 4.