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Motorola Postpones iTunes Phone Debut

Monty Solomon (
Thu, 10 Mar 2005 12:23:14 -0500

By MATT MOORE AP Business Writer

HANOVER, Germany (AP) -- Motorola Inc. postponed plans Thursday to
unveil a cell phone that can buy and play songs from Apple Computer
Inc.'s iTunes download service, a sudden decision which may reflect
tensions with cellular companies who also want to sell music to mobile
phone users.

The company briefed reporters on the new offering earlier in the week
and planned to unveil the phone at the big CeBIT technology show
here. Motorola's two-story exhibition booth included a display of
iMacs running iTunes, but the new phones weren't there.

Motorola spokeswoman Monica Rohleder said in Chicago that the company
remains in discussions with a number of wireless carriers regarding
the first iTunes phone and will announce it "when it's ready to go,"
close to its expected release time this summer.

She asserted that the last-minute change in plans was no reflection of
a dispute with carriers who offer Motorola phones in their handset


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