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Motorola sees mobile unit return to profit in '08

NEW YORK, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Motorola Inc MOT.N, the world's third-largest maker of cell phones, said on Friday it expects its mobile devices business to return to profit in 2008.

Executives at the company told an analyst meeting in New York that they expect all three divisions, including the mobile devices unit, to post a profit next year. Motorola has already said the mobile unit will not be profitable this year.

“We’ll be profitable in all businesses by 2008,” said Motorola’s Chief Operating Officer Greg Brown.

Brown also said he saw no material impact on Motorola this year from a patent dispute between Qualcomm Inc QCOM.O and Broadcom Corp BRCM.O, which has led to a U.S. government ban on some handsets using Qualcomm chips.

“We do not believe there is any material impact in Q3 or Q4,” he said.

(Reporting by Sinead Carew)

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