Foxconn rumored to be looking at U.S. production facilities for smartphones
0. phoneArena 24 Nov 2013, 17:03 posted on
While the Motorola Moto X isn't exactly selling like hotcakes, Motorola did seem to strike a nationalistic nerve (hey, we scored an "A" in alliteration back in school) when it decided that it would produce the phone at a factory in Texas. The Moto X is the first smartphone built in the U.S., but it doesn't look like it wil be the last. Last week, a published report said that Foxconn is looking to open a factory in the states...
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1. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Yeah, as soon as I saw this I figured that Apple came to them and said "we need to build phones in the US before people start catching on to the Moto X!!!"
4. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4167; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Except you know people aren't catching on to the Moto X otherwise there wouldn't be a link to a separate article in this article.
8. darkkjedii (Posts: 12643; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
9. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4167; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
They charge $199 for a phone with specs that don't match the price. Sales are going to be very low. I suspect we'll soon here about the Texas plant closing really soon.
11. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
*ahem* They don't charge $199 for the phone anymore, haven't for a couple of weeks at least. Prices have even gone down to 50 bucks or free depending on upgrades/new lines.
And while I can't say that I've seen it flying off shelves, the first one I ever sold was the only one that has ever been returned.
So no, I don't think that the Texas plant will close. I think indeed that this phone will sell better as time goes on.
13. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4167; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
You're missing the point Sniggly. They did charge $200 for it. Who would pay full price for a phone with last year specs? The prices dropping so low within. 6 months should be proof enough how Moto dropped the ball.
Selling one or two a month isn't impressive. If anything that just shows you how Motorola's game plan is far off .
Not with stiff competition it won't.
14. downphoenix (Posts: 2416; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
"Who would pay full price for a phone with last year specs?" Iphone buyers don't seem to mind this much :)
15. javac (Posts: 102; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)
lol mr iphone user up here. still dual core... still 1gb of ram... still 8 mp camera.... not even 720p screen ....
2. darkkjedii (Posts: 12643; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Come to Vegas, I'll work there. That'll be fun to see first hand how these products get assembled, I'd leak pics too.
5. Finalflash (Posts: 1908; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Not in the states you won't, there is actually rule of law. Probably have to sign an NDA and what not.
6. joey_sfb (Posts: 3247; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
you miss out on the statement, "using automated production equipment" and their equipment service engineers most likely import from the equipment manufacturers.
I have seem one of this high tech factory, they have a very high machines to human ratio. Nevertheless the US government would benefit from taxes.
3. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)
I guess we can now expect a $1500 iPhone. People are gonna need to sell both their kidneys to get one.
7. Finalflash (Posts: 1908; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
No, that would be a waste, a baby nets more these days according to previous iFan shenanigans.
12. Ninetysix (Posts: 1680; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
You seem to be under the impression that Apple is the only client of Foxconn. Google search the client list so you don't embarrass yourself.
10. nctx77 (Posts: 576; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
I think this so that apple can control leaked products before launch.