The Fate of Motorola's Now-Defunct Moto Q Pro Smartphone (or How Motorola Promised Me a Moto Q Pro for Months and Then Bailed)

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After weeks and weeks and bundles of assurances from Motorola that it would be happy to provide CIO.com with Moto Q Pro phones for a review I was putting together, as well as an in-person visit and Q Pro demonstration from a product manager, I was told in April that the device would no longer be available. (And, no, the company wasn't willing to provide me with a review copy anyway.)

Why should you, the IT executive, care?  Assuming you're not a phone geek like I am and don't pay much attention to smartphone industry news, you should take note because the Moto Q Pro was an evolution of the Moto Q—a fine, Windows Mobile-based smartphone—and it was aimed specifically at corporate users just like you.

Motorola's Moto Q Pro smartphone

So why would Motorola take the time and effort to develop and test a high-end smartphone, as well as send PR folks around to promote it, and then take the device off the market two months after launch?  Well, I've spoken with the company on numerous occasions over the past six months, and I've gathered bits and pieces of the puzzle.  But most of them feel tainted with public relations spin, and I don't think I'm getting "the whole story." 

That's where you come in.  I'm hoping this blog post will reach some folks who have experience with the Moto Q Pro.  It was on sale in the United States for almost two months, so perhaps you or someone you know purchased one.  Maybe your enterprise had planned to deploy the phones, and you were in talks with Motorola.  If so, please tell me about it.  When I found out that the Moto Q Pro was no more, I asked the company how many units they'd sold and whether or not they were still supporting them but these were two questions they chose to ignore.  If you can answer them, or any of the others mentioned in this post, I'd be much obliged if you'd share with me and my readers. 

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