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Moto Readying LTE Smartphone for Verizon

Dan Jones
LR Mobile News Analysis
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT)'s new Mobility spinoff will be among the first vendors to deliver a Long-Term Evolution (LTE) phone for the new Verizon Wireless network, an executive for the carrier has confirmed to The Wall Street Journal.

"We've got LTE smartphones on the horizon," Verizon Wireless's chief operating officer, John Stratton, told the paper, adding, "Motorola will be right there."

Verizon has previously said that it expects to have its first LTE handsets ready in the first half of next year but has not revealed many details about vendors. It has said that it will show off LTE devices at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas early next month, so the next-generation Motorola handset could be there.

Why this matters
Motorola's revamped device unit -- which will be part of a separate spinoff company by the time CES rolls 'round -- will need new and different devices as soon as possible to show that it can compete on its own.

Meanwhile, Motorola's favorite mobile operating system, Android, now represents 80 percent of the smartphone sales at Verizon. So, the carrier will be looking to continue delivering Droid-branded devices on its new network from Motorola and others. (See Android Trounces RIM at Verizon.)

For more
Read up on Motorola's split and Verizon's LTE plans:

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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