iTunes phones not at M3

Mar 16 2005 - 02:51 PM ET | Motorola
Motorola has once again pushed back the introduction of its first iTunes enabled phone thanks to Apple's strategy of not announcing devices until they are ready to ship. In the mobile industry, most phones are announced several months before they first ship (like the W800i which will ship in the third quarter of 2005). Apple likes to announce products shortly before they ship and sometimes on the same day. Previous reports pointed to the phone being launched at M3 next week. In the past several weeks, major news organizations have pointed to 3GSM, CeBIT, CTIA and M3 as likely launch events. Reuters notes that rumors about carriers not wanting to touch the iTunes phone are untrue: bq. "I've got lots of carriers fighting to be the first one we go with," - Ron Garriques, president of Motorola's mobile phone division