Asian Companies Wary Of Motorola

Why handset makers Samsung, Sony Ericcson, and LG aren't lining up to buy the struggling U.S. company's mobile-phone division

Once Motorola (MOT) revealed on Jan. 31 it was considering selling its handset division, speculation about a possible buyer quickly focused on companies in Asia. For all of its woes, Motorola still has a sizable presence in the U.S. market that might prove appealing to an ambitious Korean or Japanese brand, or an up-and-coming Chinese company.

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