Motorola has spotlighted its new range of handsets and a new agreement with Skype.
After the ultra-thin clamshell RAZR phone last year, it has three new handsets: the special-edition black RAZR V3, the SLVR V8 and the PEBL V6.
The first two feature the same rounded, thin design of the initial RAZR phone and will be available in a few months. The PEBL V6 has a smooth, oval design with a dual hinge mechanism, so the phone can be opened with one swift motion. The phones include support of higher-speed EDGE technology, MPEG4 for shooting and replaying home videos and an embedded VGA camera.
Motorola also provided a peek of its long-awaited music phone with Apple's iTunes software. The company expects to ship the product by the end of the year.
Motorola has also became the first major handset supplier to sign an agreement to pre-install Skype software on a range of its phones, according to VP Ron Carrigues."We'll be putting Skype client software on a number of handsets," he said, without specifying which.
Asked if the Skype service could draw away minutes from mobile phone operators, Carrigues said no. "I think this service could be chargeable," he said.
After launching six 3G mobile phones last year, Motorola plans to launch 16 new models this year. It showed three of them: the E1120, and A1010 and the E1060.
Motorola also launched the D1100 PC card, its first mobile device based on new HSDPA technology that adds greater downstream speeds to 3G devices, up to 14Mbit/s.