Motorola has announced another round of job cuts and
has warned that it will have a fourth quarter loss, due to weaker than expected
mobile phone sales.
The company is slashing another 4,000 jobs – around 6%
of its workforce – in addition to the 3,000 it announced last year in a bid to further cut costs.
The bulk of the jobs will come from its mobile devices
division and will save $700m in 2009, in addition to the $800 it said it would
save in 2009 in its reorganisation last year.
Motorola will now focus almost completely on phones
based on the Android operating system, rather than Windows Mobile.
The company said it shipped 19 million handsets in the
fourth quarter, down from 25.4 million in the third quarter and less than half
of the 40.9 million it shipped during the same period last year.
Motorola is expected to announce its fourth quarter
results on February 2.