AT&T rejected Motorola Android phones for being “out of date”?

Although many users probably want Motorola to release an Android smartphone via AT&T, it looks like this won’t happen – not in the near future, anyway.

Apparently, the Android phones that Motorola planned to sell via AT&T were remakes of some older, unknown Windows Mobile models.

According to The Street, AT&T considered those phones to be “too out of date” for its tastes, and thus it refused to make any deal with Moto. Ouch, that’s gotta hurt!

If this is true, then the rumor about Motorola Sholes coming to both Verizon and AT&T may be false.

Motorola-Sholes-Android

Anyway, Moto will probably unveil its first Android handsets – the Motorola Sholes (rendered above) and the Motorola Morrison – on September 10. We’ll see then which carriers get them – although it’s almost surely that Verizon will pick up the Sholes, and T-Mobile the Morrison.

Author: Ilinca Nita

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  • Bov

    I think this only applies to the Heron since the Sholes is in no way out of date compared to other phones. As a matter of fact, its spec'ed better than the iPhone 3GS which is AT&t's flagship phone.

  • http://www.staska.net Staska

    Maybe. Also that comes from an estimate from a single analyst who heard
    something from it's sources.

    So we can believe it as much as we like. Especially about the reasons, if
    AT&T really rejected Motorola phones.

    I think it might be because AT&T ain't too happy about Android overall.

    There already were some rumors that it also rejected Android handset from
    HTC “due to technical issues” , that every other network around the world
    was happy to have.

    The thing is, if Android gets popular, it will negate the main competitive
    advantage AT&T has now -iPhone exclusivity, and make it impossible to recoup
    all the money it lost already subsidizing the thing.

  • http://www.staska.net Staska

    Maybe. Also that comes from an estimate from a single analyst who heard
    something from it's sources.

    So we can believe it as much as we like. Especially about the reasons, if
    AT&T really rejected Motorola phones.

    I think it might be because AT&T ain't too happy about Android overall.

    There already were some rumors that it also rejected Android handset from
    HTC “due to technical issues” , that every other network around the world
    was happy to have.

    The thing is, if Android gets popular, it will negate the main competitive
    advantage AT&T has now -iPhone exclusivity, and make it impossible to recoup
    all the money it lost already subsidizing the thing.

  • motozine

    Motorola Sholes will release around October 2009 to Verizon. Motorola Sholes will have name Motorola A855 Sholes. More detail to this link => http://motorolazine.biz/index.php?topic=544.0

  • motozine

    Motorola Sholes will release around October 2009 to Verizon. Motorola Sholes will have name Motorola A855 Sholes. More detail to this link => http://motorolazine.biz/index.php?topic=544.0