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No Push for the Q?

The industry is abuzz with talk of when Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) will ship its hotly anticipated Q smartphone, even as the vendor remains coy about the timing -- merely saying that it will make an announcement soon.

Analyst Jack Gold at J.Gold Associates says the phone is coming next week. "Motorola is launching the Q next Monday," he told Unstrung late on Friday afternoon.

Others are a little more cautious on the launch date. "Although a launch date is not specified, we expect the Q to be introduced maybe as early as next week," said Lehman Brothers in an analyst note.

Gold and other analysts, however, say that the phone could ship without a crucial enterprise update onboard -- a push email update for the phone's Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Windows Mobile operating system.

"It will not have the latest version of Windows Mobile 5, so can’t play with Exchange direct push email," Gold tells Unstrung. "They will offer an update later in the year, or so I understand."

"They will have Windows Mobile 5 but not the Messaging & Security Feature Pack [MSFP, the client software for the push update]," says Gartner Inc. analyst Ken Dulaney. "It is surprising that at this stage they don't have it."

Dulaney adds that Motorola will offer a third-party email application in the meantime and a free upgrade to MSFP later on.

Microsoft updated its Windows Mobile 5.0 OS this year with software that allows direct synchronization between devices and the email server. (See Microsoft Gets Pushy.) Until recently, BlackBerry has had a virtual monopoly on the enterprise push email services market.

Motorola wouldn't comment on the push issue on Friday. The company spokeswoman, however, did say that they would be making an announcement about the Q very soon.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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