T-Mobile Losing Interest In Motorola Cliq?

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While hype for the Motorola Cliq was high, sales of the phone have unfortunately turned out to be unexpectedly low. So low in fact, that Oppenheimer analyst Ittai Kidron says T-Mobile has actually lost interest in the device–due in part to lingering issues with battery life, which I can personally attest as my own reason for not sticking with the phone. T-Mobile spokeswoman Alexandra Trask told FierceWireless that sales have been positive and disputes reports that Cliq sales were “falling behind sales targets.” Confirming a future OTA update for the Cliq, no detail was given regarding what would be addressed in the update or whether or not battery life was a prime reason for the update. Trask also denied reports of the device receiving less support, stating that “It’s very prominently featured in our stores. We’re doing a lot from a marketing perspective and merchandising perspective.”

I wanted to like the Cliq, I really did, but battery life was a real problem for me considering the large volume of daily emails I receive. Let me know when this issue is fixed and I’ll take a long hard look at the Cliq all over again.

FierceWireless

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  • 2FR35H

    Want know how to decipher a verizon phone before they actually decide the carrier? look at the phones shape almost every verizon phone except for the flips are all squarish or rectangular

  • Maddy

    Serves Moto right for trying to sell us a crippled phone with 6 year old components known to not perform very well, that too at the same price as a much better phone that they themselves make.

  • MAXIMUS

    @Beastly have you ever used/touched a Droid? The first thing about the phone you got wrong was making a foolish claim about the phone having cheap casing. The phone is very well crafted…it practically all metal. Worst keyboard ever? I’m not going to say it’s the best but definitely not the worst. There clearly must be a reason why the Droid is selling so well compared to the Cliq. Nearly a million phone in less than a month. Don’t think the Cliq is doing numbers like that….I don’t suspect Motorola would have either on T-Mobile’s network. Motorola wasn’t banking on the Cliq to bail them out, they’re more concerned with premier phone.

    Please make sure you’ve actually spent some time with a phone before you go running your trap.

  • MAXIMUS

    @Beastly have you ever used/touched a Droid? The first thing about the phone you got wrong was making a foolish claim about the phone having cheap casing. The phone is very well crafted…it practically all metal. Worst keyboard ever? I’m not going to say it’s the best but definitely not the worst. There clearly must be a reason why the Droid is selling so well compared to the Cliq. Nearly a million phone in less than a month. Don’t think the Cliq is doing numbers like that….I don’t suspect Motorola would have either on T-Mobile’s network. Motorola wasn’t banking on the Cliq to bail them out, they’re more concerned with premier phone.

    Please make sure you’ve actually spent some time with a phone before you go running your trap. Looking at it online or in a magazine doesn’t count.

    • Bill48105

      Whoa calm down tiger. It’s called marketing, that is why the Droid has sold so many so quickly. (How could it be the product if there hasn’t been enough time for people to even really know the product itself?) Apple is the king of marketing & they could sell a hard turd if they wanted and Verizon’s ad campaign was very effective @ lining up the lemmings. Now if your precious Droid is as great as you claim then we’ll see in the long haul because just like a movie that has a great start but fizzles out fast the Droid could do the same thing if it is crap. Or they could do what Apple did with their original iphone & keep a steady stream up updates & new releases coming so people overlook the shortcomings. Look for a new & improved Droid 2 in the blink of an eye and people quickly forget the things they didn’t like about the original and be lovestruck by their latest toy, as you are now. ;)

      • kershon

        Muhahahahaha. “apple could sell a hard turd”. Good one Bill48105. Good one. roflmao U made my day. Now if T-Mo would just take some marketing lessons from Appple and VZ and get their own lemmings lined up in front of the cliff. Hmmmmm

      • MAXIMUS

        Remember to look at the sales numbers for the Cliq and the Droid at the end of this quarter. The Droid will be a holiday favorite and appears to be holding true as a solid phone. I’m not going to say it’s perfect but it’s definitely the best iPhone alternative. The battle for smart phone supremacy is heating up between AT&T and Verizon….Sprint’s showing off their Pre and Pixi…how about our friends at T-Mobile? Erm…….they’ll have the Fender mT3G soon. I guess that’s their contender.

        With the already positive sales coming from the Droid it’s clear to see Verizon and Motorola have melded a solid relationship and even better Android phones are in store. I’m sure a full touch screen keyboardless device is on the horizon from Moto that will grace Verizon’s network. There’s not much we can anticipate for T-Mobile. Hell, I was told about a 3G Blackberry this same time last year. It’s finally here….it took T-Mobile a whole year to get a 3G Blackberry on their 3G network. That’s sad. That’s clear display of executive incompetence and the fact that RIM doesn’t deem their relationship with T-Mobile as valuable.

        I’m a tech whore so I love the latest and greatest but I don’t go out and buy ever device that hits the market. What I do value is a company or carrier that stays current with the competition…..T-Mobile comes in dead last in that area. You can hang out waiting for T-Mobile to wake up and turn things around if you’d like….I’m going to where the action is.

      • Bill48105

        @MAXIMUS there is no doubt Droid sales will blow away all of TMo’s Android phones put together but Verizon also has spent 100x as much in advertising too not just the “Droid does” ones but the “map for that” ones, both of which have been HIGHLY effective. It has been said on this site before that most people who are getting a Droid think it’s the 1st google phone.. What does that tell you? I’m not bashing Droid because it sounds like you & many are happy with it but if Verizon sells 10x as many Droids as TMo sells Cliq’s are you going to tell me it is a phone that is 10x better? Doubt it. It’s successful marketing which TMo has stunk at lately. Like the mytouch ads with has-been celebs. 1/2 of them I had to think hard who they were. lol And the “arm and a leg” thing on the Even More ad is beyond agonizing to watch. Now the “1/2 the price” stuff is brilliant & likely has people at least checking out TMobile especially in these rough times where money is tight for so many.

        Also I believe the Droid ads help TMobile because I’m sure a lot of people see the ads & do some research & find TMobile sells them & probably buy those especially if they are already with TMo or can’t afford Verizon or prefer GSM or despise Verizon or hate their stupid commercials. lol

    • 2FR35H

      Droid sells because its the first Android 2.0 phone that can do turn by turn navi thats really why it sells lol

      • kershon

        Ya. It takes you by the hand and points to the direction you should turn. hahahahahahaha lmao All “great” phones should do that.

      • MAXIMUS

        It’s more the 2.0 that makes the Droid sell. What’s your excuse about the Droid Eris? The sales numbers are looking better than the Cliq as well and that’s the equal comparison.

        The Droid is just a good phone in many ways. Excellent build quality, top-notch screen, fast processor, lots of space for applications and that’s not including 2.0. There’s no selling points that can be made on any of T-Mobile’s Adroid phones with the exception of the Cliq. It’s well built, good looking phone. It’s weak on the inside. Same brokeback specs as all of T-Mobile’s other Android offerings. Heck, Samsung is duping T-Mobile by attempting to hide what the true specs of the Behold 2. We all know it’s not the same phone as the Galaxy. Where’s the 32GB built in? Where’s that great processor? Even Samsung wouldn’t take the chance of letting T-Mo screw that phone’s marketing potential. And the $229 price. That’s an insult to us all. That phone should be selling for below $150. The Droid is 10 times better than the BH2 and it sells for less ($199). T-Mobile…walk away from the crack pipe.

      • Hiroakuo

        I had google navigation before the droid came out on my mytouch…

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