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mini 3i will hit the U.S. in the first few months of 2010

Dell is one of the largest computer makers in the world and the company is already in the smartphone business in China. Rumors have circulated that Dell would be bringing a new smartphone to the U.S., but those rumors have been unsubstantiated thus far.

Dell CEO Michael Dell told a reporter this week at an appearance that his company would be bringing its Android-powered mini 3i mobile phone to the U.S. sometime next year. Dell didn't mention what carrier would be handling the phone, but rumors point to AT&T as the provider.

Jean-Baptiste Su from TechPulse was the journalist that Dell opened up to about the firm's smartphone plans. Su told eWeek that the Android smartphone would hit the U.S. in the early months of 2010.

Dell commented on the smartphone market during his dinner speech saying, "The internet in your pocket ... and new platforms that are coming out are pretty interesting. Some of them resemble things that we're pretty familiar with, in terms of open systems and the ability to compete in an open ecosystem. I think you'll begin to see us show up there, gradually."

Dell also said that since his company had purchased EqualLogic the firm had grown from 3,300 customers to 10,000. Dell also talked about servers saying, "A lot of what goes on in the data center is being gobbled up by servers. We see switching, for example, rapidly collapsing into the servers. You've got virtualized switches, but even the switches that aren't virtualized -- they're now sitting inside blade chassis. Not that long ago, it looked like intelligence was getting sucked out of the server and it was going somehow into the network, but actually now it looks like it's going the other way. The server is becoming the epicenter of the data center, and you're seeing the switches get embedded inside the server. I'm sure there are plenty of other opinions out there."

Dell also said that the purchase of EqualLogic made the company the largest seller of iSCSI SANs and called the category the fastest growing segment of the storage market. Dell also talked briefly about a new machine called the Latitude 2100 that it is marketing to schools.

"It looks like a netbook or notebook, but it's actually a system," Dell said. "It comes on a cart, with a whole bunch of these things. They come in different colors, you roll the cart in, you take them out, give them to the students. You pump them back in, they charge up, they  have the networking all built in. Our sales of this 2100 system have been many times what we thought, and the schools just love it, because it fits their application really perfectly."

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AT&T sucks
By bradmshannon on 10/14/2009 1:08:21 PM , Rating: 5

RE: AT&T sucks
By TomZ on 10/14/2009 1:21:08 PM , Rating: 5
Agreed - any phone that is AT&T exclusive means a 0% probability of me buying it.

RE: AT&T sucks
By TMV192 on 10/14/2009 1:39:32 PM , Rating: 3
It was really a poor choice of partner, most people are now choosing plan before phone, for good service they go to verizon, good prices they go to tmobile, good internet they go to sprint, most people are going to AT&T for the iPhone which obviously works against Dell's plans

RE: AT&T sucks
By omnicronx on 10/14/2009 2:02:32 PM , Rating: 3
Verizon - Already is going to have 4 Android phones by the end of this year.

Tmobile - Has G1 and Mytouch 3g Android phones

Sprint - Suppose to have an Android phone by years end. (InstinctQ, I think its suppose to be released in November)

Leaving us with AT&T, which has no Android based phone at all.. Like it or not, this may make the most sense for Dell. There is absolutely no point in competing with similar phones running the same OS (with very similar functionality) on the same carrier if they do not have too. Yes it will be competing with the iPhone, but if they can differentiate it enough (keyboard etc), it could be a nice seller and a great addition to its flailing lineup.(do they sell anything other than iPhones these days??)

RE: AT&T sucks
By lagitup on 10/15/2009 12:11:26 AM , Rating: 2
Sprint - Suppose to have an Android phone by years end. (InstinctQ, I think its suppose to be released in November)

They have the HTC Hero, too! (Available now)

RE: AT&T sucks
By MrSmurf on 10/14/09, Rating: 0
RE: AT&T sucks
By kattanna on 10/14/2009 1:58:48 PM , Rating: 2

i'd rather let a rabid squirrel chew on my left nut then deal with ATT of my own accord again.

RE: AT&T sucks
By bradmshannon on 10/14/2009 2:00:51 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not so sure about that one...

RE: AT&T sucks
By garrun on 10/14/2009 4:39:57 PM , Rating: 2
No doubt. I'm in the Dallas area and was in love with my iPhone until I realized I couldn't have more than a three minute call on it without dropping and that I had to stand on my second floor to get a reliable signal at home. Used to have T-Mobile, and truthfully it wasn't that great either, but at least it was a lot cheaper.

RE: AT&T sucks
By Omega215D on 10/14/2009 9:21:36 PM , Rating: 2
It's just that AT&T has the second largest wireless network and runs on GSM, which is a global standard, so it's logical to release phones with them (unfortunately). CDMA is also becoming available in more countries but there's no way to pop a pre-paid SIM card in there like you can with GSM phones, even with those CDMA/GSM phones unless you manage to unlock them (T-Mobil and AT&T phones are locked to prevent the use of other SIM cards in there as well so it's not just a Verizon thing).

Shame I already bought an enV Touch not too long ago, I hear that the Palm Pre and Pixie may make their way over to VZW next year.

RE: AT&T sucks
By Emma on 10/15/2009 5:49:13 AM , Rating: 2
It needs to be illegal that a phone can only be available from limited provider/s, as it is in some other countries. This creates far more competitive pricing.

Let's be honest now...
By teng029 on 10/14/2009 7:03:17 PM , Rating: 5
they all suck.. sooner or later everyone will find something to complain about with their carriers.

RE: Let's be honest now...
By cmdrdredd on 10/14/2009 9:31:52 PM , Rating: 2
they all suck.. sooner or later everyone will find something to complain about with their carriers.

The most logical and truthful statement ever. There will always be someone somewhere who has something to complain about no matter what service they are using or the phone they purchased.

AT&T Is Decent For Me
By callmeroy on 10/14/2009 3:02:02 PM , Rating: 3
I'm on AT&T (actually I was Cingular originally but obviously AT&T gobbled them up) - and I just got a new phone (my second personal cell phone in over 6 years) -- I don't know if I'm just lucky, if my area is just one of those oddball areas well covered by ATT or what...but I live in South NJ -- work in Philly and my coverage is almost always superb. 3G is spot on all the granted I haven't traveled all that much in the last 3 years either, so I can judge for you how coverage is in different areas of the country...BUT previously to the last 3 years I was in Hawaii for a week, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska each for a few days and Florida for a total of 2 weeks and never a single coverage issue.

I'm not an Iphone fan either so maybe much of the ATT hate is from the whole Iphone exclusive/contract dealio.

RE: AT&T Is Decent For Me
By SunAngel on 10/14/2009 5:21:19 PM , Rating: 2
Same here. I'm based in an area where there is high data usage during daytime hours. So, during the day 3G speeds are not that great but are acceptable (to most). Not once have I experienced a dropped or incomplete call though.

Dear Mr Dell.
By SiliconAddict on 10/15/2009 12:50:27 AM , Rating: 1
Explain to me why there is not a single i7 17" laptop with 1920 x 1200 res in your entire damn lineup. Screw the damn phones. How about you release something that isn't designed for the casual computer user to play movies on. It is pathetic that your i7 16" XPS system has a better resolution then ALL of your 17" linup. Or maybe its because you put horse**** GPU's in all your systems. Maybe?

"Well, we didn't have anyone in line that got shot waiting for our system." -- Nintendo of America Vice President Perrin Kaplan
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