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Insiders say Dell has failed to rally support for its cell phone from providers

Computer companies are looking to extend their reach into as many related markets as possible in the current difficult economy. Apple was able to jump into the smartphone market with its iPhone and ultimately had one of the most successful devices to ever hit the high-end smartphone category.

Rumors have been flying around claiming that Dell was looking to get into the smartphone or MID market. In late January, many expected Dell to unveil its smartphone at the GSMA Mobile World Congress, but those plans never materialized.

Michael Dell, CEO of Dell Computer, announced at a presentation in Japan that Dell was working on a smartphone or MID. EWeek reports that this is the first official confirmation to come from either Michael Dell or Dell corporate confirming the company was in fact working on a smaller form factor device.

Dell said at the presentation, "It is true that we are exploring smaller-screen devices. We don't have any announcements to share today, but stay tuned as when we have new news we will share that with you."

Kaufman Brothers research analyst Shaw Wu wrote earlier this month in a research note that conversations with industry insiders revealed that Dell had been making efforts in the smartphone category, but had failed to gain any carrier interest according to eWeek. Wu wrote, "The feedback was lack of differentiation vs. current and upcoming products."

According to Wu, Dell was showing prototype devices to carriers that were running both Windows Mobile and Google Android. Michael Dell pointed out that his namesake company had been integrating 3G modems into its laptops for the last three years and has agreements in place with many mobile carriers.

Dell said, "We already have agreements with many mobile carriers around netbook devices, so it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect that we would have smaller mobile Internet devices or smartphones in the future."

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Sorry, but no
By MozeeToby on 3/25/2009 3:59:09 PM , Rating: 5
Computer companies are looking to extend their reach into as many related markets as possible in the current difficult economy.
Can we just nuke this sentence out of the article? First, these projects were almost definitely begun long before the economic meltdown (the iPhone was even released before it). Second, if anything, companies are going to reduce risk during difficult times, not try to expand into already crowded markets.

RE: Sorry, but no
By Murloc on 3/25/2009 4:12:29 PM , Rating: 2
maybe it looks clever to always cite the economic crysis, the "feeling the pinch" blablabla or whatever it is to justify every new product :D

RE: Sorry, but no
By kyleb2112 on 3/25/2009 6:50:47 PM , Rating: 2
LOL, using "crysis" for "crisis".
But it's beginning to look correct to me now.

RE: Sorry, but no
By scrapsma54 on 3/25/2009 8:39:12 PM , Rating: 2
Well its hard to believe that aliens with electricty sapping are behind our economic crysis.

RE: Sorry, but no
By MadMan007 on 3/25/2009 9:33:03 PM , Rating: 2
It is? Combine 'V' with NWO conspiracy theories and you're more than halfway there.

RE: Sorry, but no
By feraltoad on 3/25/2009 9:51:26 PM , Rating: 2
The Reptilians live!

bring back the dell dude
By kattanna on 3/25/2009 5:10:26 PM , Rating: 2
if/when they launch a phone.. the old dell dude saying "Dude..your getting a dell" would have been MUCH more appropriate talking about a phone then a computer.

i vote.. bring him back!

RE: bring back the dell dude
By austinag on 3/25/2009 5:35:24 PM , Rating: 3
I agree, Bring him back.

-So he can be beaten unconcious by a mob of keyboard wielding baboons.

RE: bring back the dell dude
By WileCoyote on 3/25/2009 8:32:31 PM , Rating: 2
"dude... you're getting a cell" ?

RE: bring back the dell dude
By GaryJohnson on 3/25/2009 8:55:54 PM , Rating: 2
a DellCell.... or a CellDell... or a C'Deellll

RE: bring back the dell dude
By ertomas on 3/26/2009 8:40:23 AM , Rating: 2
You should copyright that and sue their a$$es 20 years from now because of the losses you will experience because of them using a name on a product you will never release!!! ME IS GENIUS!!!

RE: bring back the dell dude
By tehbiz on 3/26/2009 3:40:04 AM , Rating: 2
yeah i remember when at the height of the "dude youre getting a dell" campaign he got busted for marijuana possession or buying i forget.

not interested
By swampjelly on 3/25/2009 4:12:17 PM , Rating: 2
Great....I wonder if they will sell as many phones as they do Dell MP3 players.

I'll pass.

RE: not interested
By AntiM on 3/25/2009 4:22:48 PM , Rating: 2
Me too. All they're going to do is slap their logo on some device that is already in the market.

RE: not interested
By JoshuaBuss on 3/25/2009 11:56:56 PM , Rating: 4
enh, the Axim line was probably the most well-respected PDA of its class.

I don't think a dell smartphone would be bad at all. In fact, I feel that the ipod touch is STILL missing a lot of things the x50v was capable of doing very well 6 years ago :)

What a joke...
By roostitup on 3/26/2009 3:31:07 AM , Rating: 2
Dell is making more products when they can't even come close to supporting the ones they already have. Dell customer service is horrible and I would suggest that no one ever buys their products. One XPS laptop was enough for me, granted it performs well, but the quality is lacking and I can't even get close to good customer service from them. It really is a joke, don't buy Dell products!

RE: What a joke...
By tehbiz on 3/26/2009 3:41:30 AM , Rating: 3
if it performs well what quality is lacking in regard to the XPS.

also in closing, dude you bought a dell.

By MadMan007 on 3/25/2009 9:33:50 PM , Rating: 2
Dell would be stupid to make a smartphone but I could see them doing a MID. It's a much more appropriate device for Dell with less competition in the US.

By michael2k on 3/26/2009 7:48:07 PM , Rating: 2
Um, Apple sold 17m iPhones and 13m iPod touches. Or 3m touches a quarter, 6m on Christmas.

Somehow I don't think the competition for MIDs is lower than for smartphones.

They started making DJs when iPods were only 2m a quarter. They stopped doing MP3 players when iPods sold about 6m a quarter. I don't think it will be any easier for them now, when the iPod touch is doing much better than the iPod was in 2004...

I love my Nokia N810
By SurreDeth on 3/25/2009 4:26:56 PM , Rating: 2
I just wish I didn't have to carry around a cellphone too for tethering.

Dell vs Apple?
By lco45 on 3/26/2009 12:30:38 AM , Rating: 2
The iPhone's popularity comes from very very well thought out software.

Anyway seen Dell's software lately? [shudder]
You know, the unintuitive, non-standard bloatware that defiles all new Dell computers?


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