Motorola Q to debut on Verizon Wireless on May 31

Motorola Q Motorola’s “Q,” which was first intended to ship early in Q1 is finally scheduled to hit the stores next week via U.S. mobile carrier Verizon. The “Q” is powered by Windows Mobile 5.0 and offers a full QWERTY keyboard in a sleek form factor that follows the popular RAZR design. Q is Motorola’s answer to the BlackBerry and Palm Treo.

The Q incorporates Outlook Mobile with support for up to eight e-mail accounts and Exchange Server 2003 synchronisation, along with built-in Bluetooth, audio and video playback, and thumbwheel navigation. The phone also takes advantage of Verizon’s high-speed EV-DO network.

Motorola CEO Ed Zander said, “On Verizon Wireless’ broadband EV-DO network, the Moto Q brings together all of the converged solutions you need to work, stay in touch or have fun.” Zander continued, “With the best voice, data and design technology in one ultra-thin, intelligent, hard-working device, the Moto Q allows you to be productive and entertained wherever you go.”

Features of the Motorola Q include:
• Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0
• EV-DO 3G data
• Bluetooth
• 11.5mm thick design
• QWERTY keyboard

Verizon will begin selling the Q on its website from May 31, and the new device will reach Verizon stores early next month. With a qualifying voice and data plan and two-year agreement, the Q will cost $199.99 after a $100 instant credit.

“The Moto Q is amazing,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “It blends stylish design and fast network speeds with Microsoft’s powerful Windows Mobile software, empowering people to be mobile without concessions.”

Motorola did not say when it would begin shipping the Q for other wireless carriers.