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Slowhand
02-03-2011, 11:47 AM
ATT Inc. is cozying up to Motorola Mobility Holdings (http://online.wsj.com/public/quotes/main.html?type=djn&symbol=MMI) Inc. as the carrier seeks to bulk up its smartphone portfolio running on Google (http://online.wsj.com/public/quotes/main.html?type=djn&symbol=GOOG) Inc. Android operating system in the wake of losing its exclusive hold on Apple (http://online.wsj.com/public/quotes/main.html?type=djn&symbol=aapl) Inc.'s iPhone.
To attract new customers, AT&T Mobility Chief Executive Ralph de la Vega said the forthcoming Motorola Atrix 4G will be the carrier's leading device in its portfolio. Mr. de la Vega wouldn't say how much money the carrier will spend on marketing the device, but he said it would receive amounts similar to campaigns for the iPhone or its previous hit phone the Motorola Razr.
On Thursday, the second largest U.S. wireless carrier by subscribers said it will start selling the Motorola Atrix 4G on March 6 for $199.99 with a two-year contract. Presales will begin Feb. 13.
AT&T's embrace of Motorola and Android comes as it faces increasing pressure from Verizon Wireless, the nation's top wireless carrier by subscribers. Over the last year, Verizon Wireless has countered the iPhone by cozying up to Google, heavily marketing Android, and turning out a string of Android devices, many of which were made by Motorola. Given that success, consumers have come to associate Android with Verizon Wireless.
Moreover, Verizon Wireless began taking pre-orders for the iPhone today just as the two prominent technology gadget critics—Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal and David Pogue of The New York Times—published positive reviews of the Verizon iPhone.
But as Verizon pushes the iPhone hard, AT&T sees an opportunity to get closer to Motorola Mobility. Under Chief Executive Sanjay Jha, Motorola Mobility has revived its cellphone business by betting exclusively on Google's software and Verizon Wireless's need for a competitor to the iPhone.
The Atrix 4G phone has a powerful dual-core processor from Nvidia (http://online.wsj.com/public/quotes/main.html?type=djn&symbol=NVDA) Corp. and can plug into a specially designed laptop dock that can connect the phone's interface and functionality to a personal computer.
AT&T will offer bundled pricing of $499.99 for the smartphone and the Motorola laptop dock. Separately, the laptop is $499.99.
Jeff Bradley, senior vice president of devices for AT&T's wireless business, said the carrier was late to Android in part because it wanted to take a "wait and see" approach. When the first round of handsets didn't take off, Android devices took a backseat in the AT&T lineup. "It was version one of a brand new platform," he said.
But now, executives say they are ready to take a strong stand behind Android. The company said it plans to launch 12 Android devices this year at the Consumer Electronics Show.
AT&T executives say the docking feature of the Atrix 4G targets business customers who travel. AT&T will offer business customers the same subsidies as it does for its other enterprise devices like BlackBerry.

Read more: AT&T to Heavily Push Atrix 4G to Counter Verizon iPhone - WSJ.com (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704376104576122052452789160.html#i xzz1CukgTbX3)


anyone else think $500 for a laptop dock is ludicrous?

Martin030908
02-03-2011, 12:43 PM
yup, because of it I think this will be DOA.

You can buy a net book for $300. Moto missed the mark big time on this one.

WERA689
02-03-2011, 01:44 PM
I can't help but think something's been lost in translation on this....

danDroid
02-03-2011, 01:51 PM
I have to wait a another month!!! whew.. hopefully the Motorola Xoom (http://www.xoomforums.com) will hold me over :)

Slowhand
02-03-2011, 01:52 PM
I can't help but think something's been lost in translation on this....

im really hoping so... all of the sources leading up to this said the phone had a price point of 150 not 200 and also no where near that dock price... maybe if those are wrong, so is the release date? i was hoping for feb 14th

Martin030908
02-03-2011, 02:04 PM
Nothing is lost... Moto is just plain nuts. AT&T reveals pricing, release date for Motorola Atrix 4G | Android Atlas - CNET Reviews (http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7-20030553-251.html)

Slowhand
02-03-2011, 02:09 PM
Nothing is lost... Moto is just plain nuts. AT&T reveals pricing, release date for Motorola Atrix 4G | Android Atlas - CNET Reviews (http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7-20030553-251.html)

it looks to me like cnets source was the wsj article... so they are just passing along the rumor, could still be bogus

Martin030908
02-03-2011, 02:14 PM
It's all over... granted that doesn't mean anything... but the standard charging dock is said to retail around $50 to $60. I can't see them selling the 'laptop' dock at a similar price. I can see maybe $100 or so, but the $500 price tag is insane.

Slowhand
02-03-2011, 02:22 PM
It's all over... granted that doesn't mean anything... but the standard charging dock is said to retail around $50 to $60. I can't see them selling the 'laptop' dock at a similar price. I can see maybe $100 or so, but the $500 price tag is insane.

the original price rumor for the laptop dock was 150, hd multimedia dock 60, regular dock and car docks at 40... that all seems fair

if this all turns out to be BS it could force att or moto to actually release some info to us to quell the outrage happening right now

Slowhand
02-03-2011, 02:45 PM
att confirmed the original WSJ article:

AT&T's Motorola Atrix Coming March 6 for $200, But the Laptop Dock Will Cost You (http://gizmodo.com/5751035/wsj-atts-motorola-atrix-coming-march-6-for-200-500-with-laptop-dock)

$300 (bundled price) plus $20/mo plan for 24 months = $780 for a dock... no effing thanks... way to go att!

wicked
02-03-2011, 06:39 PM
posted this on the news section this morning http://www.android.net/forum/android-news/58835-motorolas-atrix-4g-coming-t-march-6th-200-bundled-w-laptop-dock-500-a.html