Motorola loses 27 cents per share in Q4, sold 5.3 million smartphones

Motorola loses 27 cents per share in Q4, sold 5.3 million smartphones
Motorola Mobility has just reported Q4 numbers and there might be a shortage of red ink at office supply stores. In the three month period, Motorola lost $80 million or 27 cents a share after making $80 million in last year's quarter. Revenue was $3.4 billion. In the quarter, Motorola sold 10.5 million mobile devices, nearly half of which were smartphones. 200,000 tablets were sold in the period ending in December. For the full year, Google's marriage partner reported that it sold 42.4 million mobile devices including 18.7 million smartphones and 1 million tablets. 

For 2011, Motorola Mobility had $13.1 billion in revenue, up 14% from 2010. For the year, the company spilled $289 million worth of red ink, a substanbtial increase from last year's $86 million loss. And for 2011, the mobile devices division of Motorola Mobility claimed some highlights such as the launch of the Motorola DROID RAZR and the introduction of the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX. The latter, which launched today, offers up to an amazing 21 hours of talk time thanks to the 3300mAh battery. The device remains thin at less than 9mm. The company also announced the Motorola DROID 4, the thinnest and most powerful LTE enabled phone with a physical QWERTY keyboard.

During the fourth quarter, Motorola also announced two new tablets, the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and the Motorola DROID XYBOARD 8.2. Two new "life-proof" handsets were unveiled, the Motorola DEFY Mini and the Motorola MOTOLUXE. The fourth quarter also saw Motorola ship the first combination MP3 player and fitness tracker, the MOTOACTV. Lastly, two flagship smartphones were shipped to China, the TD-SCDMA Motorola MT917 and the dual-core, dual-mode, dual-standby Motorola XT928.

source: Motorola

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22 Comments

1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yow. Hope next year goes better for Motorola.

11. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Yup, cant wait to see the next poorly designed Droid.

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

And what exactly is so poorly designed about the RAZR and its variants? Once again you're completely full of s**t, coward.

13. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Wow, someone needs a chill pill. Why are you so bitter because I think Motorola phones are poorly built?

14. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Who says I'm bitter? I'm just tired of cowards like you coming in and making a priori statements about a company's build quality. Back it up with FACTS. Like the fact that Motorola's customer satisfaction has come second only to Apple's in the last couple of years. So you *supposedly* had some issues with your DROID. Boo hoo. It sounds like the only bitter person here is you. You can't wait to jump on any comments section and spout some bull about Motorola sucking.

18. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

I said you were bitter, and you are. Otherwise you wouldn't have started cussing with a hissy fit and calling me a coward just because you seem to have some rage love over Motorola. Please, get over yourself.

19. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Cussing doesn't make it a hissy fit. You obviously have sworn off an entire company's portfolio because ONE PHONE you owned stopped working. Boohoo, a phone with a 600 MHz processor, 512 megs of RAM, and piss poor internal memory started rebooting and freezing on you. That could've been caused by any number of things, including leaving apps running, downloading apps which overwhelmed the system, and just plain mistreatment of the device. Or it might have been defective. And then you got warranty replacements. I feel you there. I used to work for Verizon's warranty department. Warranty replacements SUUCCCCCKKKK. You can't base your opinion on an entire company on ONE PHONE, Miz. I mean, should I conclude that iPhones are slow and laggy because any 3GS that I activate lags right out of the box? Should I conclude that iPhones freeze all the time and are poorly designed because I saw a customer come in with one completely frozen up? Do you see why personal experience doesn't always add up, Miz? But no, you're completely full of yourself. You obviously think the world evolves around you, as your sphere of experience is equal to the world's. I think it's time for you to get over YOURself, sir. (this was a reply to your post in the other thread as well)

20. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Hold up, would you like me to offer you some cheese and crackers with that whine? GET OVER IT. I hated the Droid, thought it was a horrible phone and I moved on. Judging by a lot of responses from owners of other Motorola devices, I don't see anything that's different. Oh and btw, you said it was a warranty replacement, I never said it was, kiddo. Get off your high horse and stop ****ing and moaning every time someone bashes Motorola.

21. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Lol, getting annoyed, are we? Face it, you disliked one phone that Motorola madeover 2 years ago, and just as many people would disagree with your experience as would agree. You've used this bad experience to judge an entire company by. It's not right, and you know it. So i'll keep on your case as much as possible. You can take it or leave it. Stop birching about Motorola and I might leave you alone.

22. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Oh boo freaking hoo. I bash Motorola, you have a hiss fit. Get over it. Seriously, for your own sake, get over it. Stop losing sleep over what a stranger says in a comments area.

15. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Didn't know you had any kind of Android phone considering how much of a Apple cock jockey you are. Then again you might have a phone that actually works while that iPhone 4S rest comfortably in your nether region eh Miz? Aren't you due to have it replaced with the 5 this summer?

17. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Did you short circuit on us?

2. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Htc you are next.....samsung has taken over ....step your game up people

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Moto is being loosing money every year, and HTC phones have being overtaken by Samsung phones slowly I think its all about consistent product branding and much more better ad campaign Samsung is making a name while others aren't

4. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Can't keep having 10 droids every year for Verizon. I love my Photon and I think if Motorola took 1 phone and made it the best phone for all carriers like Samsung has done with the sgs2, they would do alot better. Im EXTREMELY impressed with the Razor Maxx 3300mah battery, they need that in EVERY PHONE.

6. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

they really need to focus on making one phone stand out. They are just pissing off their previous customers and confusing new ones.

9. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Get your facts straight, Motorola has doesn't have that many Droids out at any given time. D1, then came the DX and Droid 2, then came the D2 Global, then the DX2 followed by the D3 then we have the Bionic then the Razr. Over the past 4 years, how many Droids have motorola put out each year? That equates to about 2 phones a year from Motorola which are high end, HTC and Samsung get in there but neither of thier offerings are anything like Motorola's and are always lacking in comparison. All the Droids that Motorola have put out are always better overall than any other Droid released by HTC and Samsung. If you hadn't noticed Motorola was basically waiting to create a hit phone in style and substance and the Razr is it. D4 is styled exactly like the Razr and sporting almost matching specs, bet your bottom dollar that Razr is the style that Moto is going to run with especially with that wicked thin shape and killer battery. Moto also stepping up it's game with leaving ICS pretty clean but adding useful things that make it very appealing(to me at least). I don't get what people are complaining about when a new phone comes out, no one told you that you needed to get it. Control yourself, and new buyers would always ask about what is the newest phones and only worry about what is still there available. You can't get confused considering that you rarely have both old and new models on sale at the same time. They always put the newest one in front of you, then if you don't like it they show you something else. VZW moves out old phones rather quickly as long as there are updated devices to replace the outgoing one.

5. tx2z_

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

"In the quarter, Motorola sold 10.5 mobile devices" Pretty sad sales indeed... I would've thought that they had sold at least 11 devices.

7. handicrapguy

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

Hopefully the person who bought half a phone will return to buy the other half sometime :D

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

lol....1/2 phone...where did the otehr half go?

10. MotorolaandSamsungFTW

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

no s**t, motorola is slacking of like crazy, htc had a 1.5 dual core ghz and a 16 mp phone, samsung has a freaking 32 gb internal memory phone, and motorola? 1.2 dual core, and 8mp 16gb interna ok which is acceptabe back in a few months ago, but now the specs are outdated they need to upgrade the hardware! manthey think that google's gonna buy their company and starting to slack off, no you have to make some good phone because what if the acquaration was canceled by google?! then you would have to catch up even harder to be "high end". motorola stop slacking off! that's why you guys are lossing profits!

16. blaze456

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 06, 2010

well what do they expect..for 1 they mainly only make the droid series while htc and samsung make mulitple phones both high end and low end..plus motorola is stuck on verizon..how they expecto to make good sales when they mostly on make phones for verizon..when was the last motorola phone u seen for t mobile?

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