Motorola introduces new cellphone

October 15, 2008 6:29:52 AM PDT
Motorola has introduced a new touch-screen cell phone it hopes will bring back buzz to a company that has seen its market share in the category shrink in recent years. Called the Krave, Motorola introduced the phone Tuesday at Verizon Wireless stores.

Users of the multimedia phone can e-mail with the Krave, but it's not a replacement for a Blackberry.

Closed, the Krave can be used to access music, videos, Verizon's television programming and its Navigator turn-by-turn GPS service. Open, the phone offers the usual functions, including contacts, a dial pad, messaging tools, and an icon to open up a broader menu of choices.

Schaumburg-based Motorola rode high a few years ago on sales of its Razr phone, but hasn't had an equally popular follow-up since. Motorola said in March it plans to spin the handset business off into a separate publicly traded company.