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OFFICIAL: Verizon and Motorola finally announce the launch of the highly anticipated Motorola Q
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 22.05.06 - 16:44:48 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 8405x
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Verizon Wireless and Motorola today announced that the highly anticipated Motorola Q will be available starting on May 31. The Motorola Q is exclusively available through Verizon Wireless and customers can purchase it online on May 31 or at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store on June 5.

Perfect for customers who multi-task and want flexibility in today's fast- paced business environment, the Moto Q's style and phone-first mantra builds upon the design revolution created by the Motorola RAZR - the best- selling clamshell handset in the world. The Moto Q - which runs Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 software - delivers an uncompromising mobile experience in an all-in-one handheld device that combines the reliability of a great phone, personal productivity capabilities, powerful enterprise connectivity and entertainment in a thin and stylish form factor. The Moto Q also utilizes Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess network - the nation's most award-winning wireless broadband network - to send and receive data.

"The Moto Q is a real must-have device that enables true seamless mobility by liberating all of us from the constraints of our offices and living rooms," said Ed Zander, chief executive officer of Motorola, Inc. "On Verizon Wireless' broadband EV-DO network, the Moto Q brings together all of the converged solutions you need to work, stay in touch or have fun. With the best voice, data and design technology in one ultra-thin, intelligent, hard- working device, the Moto Q allows you to be productive and entertained wherever you go."

The Moto Q will redefine what customers expect from a QWERTY handheld. With Windows Mobile software, Moto Q puts a "mini notebook" in Verizon Wireless customers' pockets by providing enough power to let them leave their laptop at home to check E-Mail, review presentations, and stay connected for a week or a weekend. Couple that with its "cool enough for Friday night" design, multiple entertainment options and simple, intuitive features, and the Moto Q will help Verizon Wireless customers stay productive, creative and in- touch while on-the-go and however they choose.

Denny Strigl, president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless, said, "Enterprise technology, consumer electronics and mobile are converging to create major productivity advantages for the work world. But those advantages have only been available to a select few - until now. The Motorola Q offers power, style and ease-of-use in a cool ultra-thin format, giving Verizon Wireless customers an uncompromising experience in one device."

The Moto Q also makes good business sense for companies - big and small - - providing a converged mobility solution to help organizations improve their business, increase productivity and efficiency and enhance customer satisfaction. Features of the Moto Q from Verizon Wireless include:

  • Integrated Bluetooth 1.2 wireless technology for communicating with compatible headsets, car kits and certain other devices equipped with Bluetooth technology
  • EV-DO access for fast downloads of data, E-Mail and large attachments
  • Wireless Sync for anytime connectivity with E-Mail, calendar and contacts synchronization
  • Thinnest QWERTY device in the world - 11.5mm includes a familiar thumbwheel to enhance the navigation experience
  • Seamless access to corporate applications, messaging, organizational tools and IT support, from across the campus and around the world
  • Synchronization with E-Mail, calendar, contacts, and tasks entries, regardless of platform or ISP
  • Integrated with Windows Mobile 5.0 software for the convenience of users and IT with access to Yahoo!, Hotmail and other POP3
  • All standard desktop document views supported including: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, etc.
  • Supports audio and video formats
  • Dual, stereo-quality speakers
  • Easy integration with existing IT systems for enhanced IT support
  • Enabled for leading corporate E-Mail solutions
  • Flexibility enables loading of standard corporate VPN
  • Password authentication helps ensure network integrity

"The Moto Q is amazing," said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp. "It blends stylish design and fast network speeds with Microsoft's powerful Windows Mobile software, empowering people to be mobile without concessions."

The Moto Q - coupled with the nation's most reliable wireless network from Verizon Wireless - delivers what Verizon Wireless customers want most: an exceptional device for making voice calls. Plus, the Moto Q provides the advanced phone capabilities expected in an industry-leading phone, such as voice-activated dialing, smart contacts dialing, speakerphone, Bluetooth capabilities for certain profiles and more.

The Moto Q offers a portfolio of entertainment capabilities ranging from stereo music and video playback to Web browsing and instant messaging. This unique device allows customers to be entertained when they want. With an amazing color screen, wireless broadband capabilities and a full media experience with Windows Media Player Mobile, the Moto Q's entertainment possibilities are unlimited.

Optimized for a variety of corporate and personal E-Mail technologies, the Moto Q's form factor and QWERTY keyboard let Verizon Wireless customers easily create and manage corporate and personal E-Mail. The addition of Wireless Sync from Verizon Wireless helps make life on-the-go easier and more productive. With always-on E-Mail, customers can stay connected and get the job done while away from the office - without a delay and in a secure environment.

With Windows Mobile software, the Moto Q also offers corporate mobile messaging support out of the box with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003. For additional wireless access to Exchange and other servers, Good Technologies is offering an optimized version of its Good Link email solution for the Moto Q. The Moto Q also offers easy access to personal email based on POP3, web mail and Hotmail.

The Moto Q is available exclusively through Verizon Wireless. Customers may purchase the Moto Q for US$ 199.99 after a US$ 100 instant credit when purchased with a qualified Verizon Wireless voice and data plan and two-year customer agreement.

Customers can choose from three calling plans that include voice calling and unlimited data access with Verizon Wireless' BroadbandAccess service:

  • US$ 79.99 monthly access - includes 450 anytime minutes with unlimited data usage, unlimited IN calling and unlimited nights and weekends (US$ 0.45 per minute after allowance)
  • US$ 109.99 monthly access - includes 1,350 anytime minutes with unlimited data usage, unlimited IN calling and unlimited nights and weekends (US$ 0.35 per minute after allowance)
  • US$ 169.99 monthly access - includes 4,000 anytime minutes with unlimited data usage, unlimited IN calling and unlimited nights and weekends (US$ 0.25 per minute after allowance)

Unlimited data usage for Internet browsing, E-Mail and intranet access within the National Enhanced Services Rate & Coverage Area

Last but not least, Verizon Wireless has launched a dedicated Q page, where you can get all the information above and even more; worth to check out if you plan to order yours as soon as possible.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by DavidA on 07.06.06 - 06:13:58

So - I'm an early adopter...unusual for a Yank eh?  I just bought a Motorola Q from Verizon.  Please give me some insight how to synch this device using Exchange.  I followed the directions completely.  The synch process doesn't work.  Verizon customer support was totally not helpful.  Their tech guy said I was their first tech support call on the Q, and they didn't even have an actual production Q to play with plus their paperwork was based on prototypes.  He referred me to Motorola tech support who also had no clue and said it was a Microsoft problem  He suggested I call if that were even possible.  I've looked at several MSDN blogs and other people seem to have the same problem.  Verizon announced the Q with great fanfare and said it was Verizon's mission to deploy as many Q's as Razr' would think they would have done a better job of beta testing some production units, training their customer support people and at least have production models on hand.  Go figure!

Posted by Arne Hess on 07.06.06 - 08:12:48

Heinz, can you help here? You are the server guy, I'm still using POP3... wink

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