Motorola, blaming loss of market share to Apple and Samsung, today reported a fourth-quarter profit plunge of 84%. The nation’s largest mobile-phone maker said phone shipments fell 38%, and sales fell 18.2%. Reviving its ailing cellphone unit will take longer than expected, Motorola said, forecasting a loss next quarter. New CEO Greg Brown said the first quarter would be “challenging.”
Motorola’s top phone, Razr 2, is in a losing battle with Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Sync. Brown will broaden Motorola’s handset line to win back share, but phone development will take several quarters, experts tell Bloomberg. The company said Q4 net income dropped to $100 million, or 4 cents a share, from $623 million, or 25 cents, a year earlier.