Will the Q make do?

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verizon QMarketWatch has an interesting report up on Motorola and their Q. Motorola is reporting their second-quarter results on Wednesday, and the company has some very high sales goals for its flagship device.

Motorola expects to ship 1.5 million units in the first 180 days, though some analysts believe it could be as high as 2 million units. Motorola is also aiming to ship more than 10 million Q’s in the first 12 months of sales, despite their being only 10 to 30 million smartphones shipped in all of 2005.

Analyst Albert Lin of American Technology Research says Motorola can meet its initial six-month goal, but he expects sales to taper off in the long run unless the company makes big improvements to the Q.

“People new to smartphones find the form factor appealing. I think it’s OK for the consumer,” said Lin, adding that the BlackBerry and other devices remain superior for heavy business users.

In the second quarter, Motorola is expected to ship as many as 49 million handsets, with earnings of 31 cents a share, excluding one-time items, on revenue of $10.3 billion, according to the consensus of analysts surveyed by Thomson First Call.

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