Razor Phone (Razr)
The Motorola RAZR ("RAZR"
pronounced "razor"), at 13.9 mm thick,
is an unusually thin clamshell camera phone,
with the most popular V3 model released in November
2004. The phone was initially regarded as an
exclusive fashion phone, with a high price of
$500 with service agreement. However, in 2005
the phone entered the mass-market as a mid-priced
phone. As of February 2006, the phone markets
in the UK for £89.99, in Australia for
$299 from Virgin Mobile, in Mexico for $2999
from Telcel, in Canada for $449.99 (99.99 with
a 3-year contract), and in the United States
for $99.99 after rebate (from T-Mobile and Cingular
Wireless, the original US carrier for the RAZR),
making it an upper end-budget phone.
Two of the phone's most characteristic features
are its thinness and the positioning of its
internal antenna at the base below the mouthpiece.
By July 2005 Motorola reported to analysts
that the RAZR V3 was the most popular clamshell
in Europe, something that it owes almost entirely
to its distinctive looks and small size. It
was one of the first phones to have a 2.2 inch
(diagonal) LCD screen which supports 262,000
Motorola released a CDMA version of the RAZR
for Verizon Wireless, US Cellular, and ALLTEL
on November 21, 2005, called the RAZR V3c. The
V3c was adopted by Canadian carriers Bell Mobility
and Telus Mobility in February 2006. Changes
in the CDMA version include a slightly thicker
form factor (primarily due to a "bulge"
around the camera lens), more internal memory
(30 MB), a higher resolution 1.3 megapixel camera,
and CDMA20001xEV-DO support. However, the V3c
has a 2.2 inch internal screen which only supports
65,536 colors, and the weight has increased
from 95 g to 99 g. Functionality was also restricted
in the V3c version to disable OBEX file transfer
on Verizon models thus allowing only ring tones
and other files to be purchased instead of loaded
using OBEX as in other Razr versions.
Motorola has also announced the Motorola V1150,
which was renamed as the Motorola RAZR V3x,
a phone with two cameras and support for microSD.
The phone is not the successor; Motorola has
confirmed that "RAZR V3x" is simply
a new name for the existing V1150 and the phone
will not be released in the US.
As of March 10, 2006, the companies Cingular
Wireless and T-Mobile USA temporarily stopped
selling the Razr, Motorola's flagship cell phone,
due to a technical glitch that caused the phone
to drop calls or shut down.  The glitch has
since been fixed by Motorola.