Motorola Q: $349 full price, but only $158 to make

This is interesting as you have to wonder who gets what piece of the mobile pie. Business Week reports that iSuppli analysts determined the cost to build a Motorola Q is $158. Verizon will subsidize the phone for new contract customers so that you only pay $199 and at full price, the Q will set you back $349. I’m just wondering: what exactly is Verizon subsidizing; their profit? ;) If you’re curious what some of the components cost, this is a great read. The LCD for example is only $25, which is surprisingly low to me; likely the low cost is the lack of touchscreen capabilities.

(via Mobile Gadget News)

-kct

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