When profits are in the dump, there's nothing to boost your bottom line quite like a massive deal inside one of the world's most fertile GSM growth markets. Motorola has scored a handful of deals with China Mobile worth a grand total of $394 million, surely music to the ears of beleaguered Moto execs who've been dealing with flagging sales from their handset division all year long
. While it's not quite as juicy as the $1 billion deal
Ericsson signed with the very same carrier a couple months back, the deal basically covers the same type of stuff -- back end equipment to help shore up China Mobile's insane expansion to help blanket China's one billion-plus population in airwaves. There's a catch here -- it turns out some 60 percent of the deal was already "recognized" as revenue in the first half -- but hey, 40 percent of $394 mil is still a pretty penny.