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Motorola intros new RAZR V3i phone with iTunes

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imageMotorola on Tuesday announced the RAZR V3i, an updated version of its popular RAZR V3 mobile phone that will include iTunes and other new features. The new quad-band handset will be only the second phone with iTunes.

The RAZR V3i also features a 1.23 megapixel digital camera, microSD (TransFlash) card slot, Bluetooth, dual color screens, and an updated design with a new spun metal look. The phone will use a mini-USB stereo headset. There’s no information provided regarding music storage capacity and whether the new RAZR will be crippled with a 100-song cap like the ROKR.

The only phone currently available with iTunes is Motorola’s ROKR, which received widespread criticism for its poor design and performance. Including iTunes on the RAZR V3i will give the Apple-Motorola partnership and its mobile music initiative a much-need shot in the arm, industry experts say.

“Putting iTunes in the flagship phone shows that Motorola is committed to the partnership despite an early rough start,” Jon Gales, editor of mobile phone news site MobileTracker, told iLounge. “Many critics (including myself) chided the ROKR for decidedly plain design and aging specs. Those don’t apply with iTunes on the RAZR V3i.”

The RAZR V3i is expected to be available before the end of the year. A carrier was not announced, but is widely expected to be Cingular due to its success with the original RAZR and its ties to the promotion of the ROKR phone with iTunes. Pricing has yet to be determined and will most likely depend on the carrier.

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21

YES!!! I just read on CNET that this new Razr will be for Verizon Wireless. Finally us Verizon customers get a cool phone!

Posted by Cheyne M. on November 8, 2005 at 7:46 PM (PDT)

22

Well, the capacity is a make or break feature for me.  So it looks like I won’t be getting us this one.  Which is a same, since my current phone is over five years old, and I’m already a Cingular customer.

Posted by Lee on November 8, 2005 at 10:23 PM (PDT)

23

Well, at least this one’s not pink, but it also doesn’t come with the uprated camera that the V3x world phone version gets.

http://reviews.cnet.com/4531-10921_7-6379685.html?tag=cnetfd.sd

Posted by flatline response on November 8, 2005 at 11:24 PM (PDT)

24

pretty cool. i like the fact that they’ve added an SD slot, as this can now push the storage to 1 GB. however, SD’s are pretty costly. maybe not so good after all?

haha i just completely contradicted myself in a few short lines.

Posted by miklehems on November 8, 2005 at 11:40 PM (PDT)

25

Capacity problem is because of Apple, not Motorola. But 100 songs for everyday use (going to work) is OK for me, that’s what the shuffle is.

Sony phones are cool but they don’t play AAC and ITMS music !

Posted by Steph on November 9, 2005 at 2:54 AM (PDT)

26

trust this to happen the day I order a black v3. Oh well.

Posted by Tim on November 9, 2005 at 4:19 AM (PDT)

27

To Cheyne M, the RAZR v3c is going to Verizon. This phone the RAZR v3i is going to Cingular, most likely. Why would Motorola waste their time working with CDMA phones, when most of the Earth uses GSM, plus the largest national carrier is GSM, and guess who that is… CINGULAR!!!!

Posted by Nick on November 9, 2005 at 9:52 AM (PDT)

28

Ya, you’re right Nick, my bad. If i had the choice i would be with Cingular too. Unfortunately my parents think that Verizon is a “better deal” so i am stuck with it for now.

Posted by Cheyne M. on November 9, 2005 at 8:09 PM (PDT)

29

okay so apparently there are 2 kinds of razrs one that can capture videos (the recent version), and one that can’t (the older version), so being the intelligent prson that i am, i bought the older one, not realizing that there were 2 kinds. so now they’re bringing out newer razrs such as the new black and silver one, which includes the video capturing feature. and i could of waited and bought that one but noooo im just not smart that way. so now i probably cant even get rid of the razr i have now cuz its an english one and i use an adaptor for it n stuff. n i cant even return it cuz the unlocking store that u got it from is 8,000 miles away. literally. what shd i do?!? n this Vi is just like…awesome….but ahhhh i already have a RAZR…wat do u think i shd doo??

Posted by tara on November 12, 2005 at 12:44 AM (PDT)

30

In Canada, Rogers Wireless has dropped the price of the original RAZR V3 to $99 with a three-year contract.

I’m guessing it’s clearing them out as fast as it can just in time for the arrival of the new V3i.

I wonder how much the V3i will cost—will it be something reasonable, like $199 (with a three-year contract), or will it revert to the insane price of $399?

The V3 is tempting right now—I almost bought one for $249 last month and am glad I didn’t—but other than its looks, it doesn’t offer a lot of functionality.

Posted by Dixon on November 16, 2005 at 7:33 AM (PDT)

31

this phone is a must buy for me….. i always wanted a RAZR but the only problem was it low memory….that too is covered in this edition.

Posted by Raghav on November 23, 2005 at 12:18 PM (PDT)

32

so thats why the v3 price has gon down!!!

Posted by MOB on December 8, 2005 at 7:50 AM (PDT)

33

Hope the new v3i doesn’t include an irrational skyrocketing price�
If anyone is thinking to buy the v3 he should buy the black one because the silver one has some disgraceful noticeable problems such as the screen been dirtied by the keypad once it’s closed!! The black one seems to have been improved….I know because I had the silver one and changed it for a black!!

Posted by MOB on December 8, 2005 at 7:59 AM (PDT)

34

V3i is crap. Made of plastic not metal like other RAZRs.

Posted by NS on December 14, 2005 at 2:56 PM (PDT)

35

when is it comeing out?????

Posted by mike on December 17, 2005 at 3:24 PM (PDT)

36

ahh i want that phone already!!! when is it comming out!!! it better be available for tmoble!!! heres more info and some pix for those of you interested http://www.howardchui.com/modules.php?name=Sections&op=viewarticle&artid=208&page=2

Posted by jonathan on December 20, 2005 at 12:15 AM (PDT)

37

f u c k the razr it sucks d i c k

Posted by fu on December 21, 2005 at 2:13 PM (PDT)

38

Wow, it does?  Mine must be the older version because it doesn’t suck my dick!!

Anyway, anyone know when this phone is coming to the US.  The motorola site only has this phone for europe.

Posted by kevin4mph on December 26, 2005 at 12:13 PM (PDT)

39

I think this phone would be great but it needs to be offered by other cell providers.  We are in an area that only one provider has coverage.  They never get any phones like this we are stuck with nokia and kyocera.

Posted by Amy on January 4, 2006 at 10:34 AM (PDT)

40

when is this phone comming out on t-mobile??

Posted by jenny greene on January 14, 2006 at 12:09 AM (PDT)

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