Motorola To Develop Module To Help Make 3G Phones More Awesome


Well now, this sure is interesting. Motorola in an attempt to capitalize on its “we’re back” attitude given the recent success of the Droid is going to take a new approach, solve the homelessness situation, build a radio module capable of working on all HSPA frequencies in the United States. That means 3G devices that are capable of working on both AT&T AND T-Mobile. That’s just damn cool. Unfortunately though, as Engadget points out, Motorola isn’t building a device here, just the radio module that would go into devices conceivably manufactured by other companies globally. We have no idea what impact this could have on future devices or if it’s even likely to be adopted in the manufacturing process, but the idea, at first glance just seems awesome.


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  • Bill48105

    That is awesome news for TMo! Assuming Motorola doesn’t charge too much (as in it’s comparable to doing just ATT or TMo) then it falls right into TMo’s BYOD plan. Imagine ATT getting an exclusive deal on an awesome phone & selling those subsidized then in turn they get unlocked & used on TMo’s 3G. :D~

  • FILA

    3G Cell Phones for everyone!

  • Viper

    If this picks up, this could be a nice way for Moto to get it’s hardware all over the place and start bringing in the cash. Win-Win for everybody!

  • Bigg

    I can see it now, one day I will be able to buy any unlock phone that will works on tmobile 3g or att or any other. Just like a quadband phone now. Wonder why it takes so long for those company to make a chip like that.

    • Bill48105

      That is the beauty of it. Can you imagine if original iphone had it? Doubt ATT would have went for it but by time the 3G model came out Apple probably could have forced it upon them. Better coverage for ATT (roaming on TMo, assuming they had agreements in place) but MANY more people actually with TMo instead, especially now with EM+ plans. TMo hadda seen this coming. :D

  • Aaron H.

    Well, that’s all very nice. But the way I figure it, LTE will be the clear future for all carriers before this can make a dent. I could be wrong of course!

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    I’m sorry to retort, but what recent success of the Droid? Droid is mostly a me-too product and the final numbers will disappoint. For example, see that sales through the Verizon channel have moderated significantly since the launch.

    In fact, the launch was somewhat like an over-hyped movie that does well on opening weekend, but then falls flat once excitement dwindles.

    In January-Feb, when the holiday dust settles, Motorola’s offerings (CLIQ included) will be largely undifferentiated in an increasingly crowded Android lineup, in which Samsung will be declared the winner.

    Assuming the iPhone launch through Verizon in 2010, this will completely take the air out of the Motorola story simply because, IMHO, people are so blinded by the iPhone name.

  • podstolom

    It’s about freakin’ time. Qualcom should have done this in their Gobi chip by now. I want a T-Mo HSPA-enabled chip in my netbook. I hope the next version of Gobi handles AWS.

  • newspeak

    i am sorry but samsung is making the most lackluster shitty android phones…they have shown no will to commit to the platform at all and now they have their own competing smartphone os to boot

    when the dust settles its definatly not going to be samsung standing at the top of the heap…the numbers so far for the droid are very good and as soon as it hits tmo (crossing my fingers) i am jumping on it

    oh and if moto’s radios end up in most phones thats def a win for consumers

  • Miguel

    Well this is another win for Motorola, since I’m assuming all their phones will have it as well. I can see how other companies would jump on board, since they can manufacture one unit and market it to both U.S. major GSM carriers. Look at all the confusion the Sony Experia is generating with which bands it contains.

    rofl @ the guy who said Samsung will control the Android market next January-February!

  • sikkboy

    Theoretically, would it be possible to remove a radio chip from a 3G T-Mobile phone, open up an iPhone, and install said radio chip into the iPhone? I’m not technical, so please bear with me, this is an honest question. Would that be AT ALL possible?

    • Acsteffy87

      if you have the drivers for that chip then ya, but otherwise the device wont know how to talk to the new 3G chip

    • Acsteffy87

      in other words, No

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Newspeak good points, we shall see. Do you have any facts to support your statement that Droid is selling well? I see the opposite. Just because someone likes the Droid and will jump on it if it comes to T-Mobile does not mean its overall sales numbers are good.

    The Droid sold about 250,000 units its first week. Although I don’t like talking about the iPhone, as I recall it sold about 1.6 million units its first week. And the myTouch sold a paltry 60,000 units its debut week. (Part of the Droid’s sales numbers can be attributed to its successful ad campaign, that Verizon has spent $100 million to bring the Droid to our attention. That’s some serious coin for a product debut.)

    In any event, while I don’t like Samsung, all that matters is sales and market share. Again, if one dislikes Samsung handsets, that has nothing to do with company standing.

    In the third quarter of 09 Samsung shipped 60.2 million units for a whopping 20 percent global market share. For 09 its predicted Samsung will ship over 200 million units. (That’s about right for 1 billion total handset sales for 09).

    That’s why I say Samsung is on top and Droid is not doing well.

    As to OS issues, Motorola is just as guilty as Samsung when it comes to variations of Android being installed on phones. That’s called OS fragmentation. With Android, being open sourced, it was only a matter of time before the manufacturers and carriers came out with differing versions of Android in an attempt to differentiate and standout from the crowded market I mentioned.

    You day Samsung is not willing to commit to the platform. To that I ask “what is the platform you are talking about?”

    First, there’s different versions of the “base” or “vanilla” Android OS (Cupcake, Éclair, Donut). There’s an issue on whether or not one Android OS will work on another. For example, the Hero build is not made for the G1. A G1 owner cannot say he or she likes the Hero version of Android and install it. Sidenote: If Microsoft had so many different versions of a base OS there would be criticism suffered to no end.

    Then there’s various user interfaces (shells) that each manufacturer installs in an attempt to say “our phone is different. Motorola is gambling on its Motoblur (an “OS” that emphasizes ease of use with social sites).

    So even if there was a supposed lack of dedication to a platform or OS, I would say that everyone is guilty of that, even T-Mobile if you include the European market where it sells different versions of Android over what’s available in the U. S.

    Thanks for listening.

  • Derrick

    They should probably throw Europe’s 3G frequencies in there too.

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