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Report: Dell to Jump on Smartphone Bandwagon

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Just what the doctor ordered. As Acer gears up to launch its very first smartphone, reports have emerged that Dell is be about to do the same thing.

The Wall Street Journal today reports that Dell is is preparing a move into the smartphone market as early as next month. According to the Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, Dell will introduce two new mobile phones in February at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona.

Addressing one of the bigger problems facing smartphone manufacturers, the company has opted to release a full touchscreen phone as well as a version that comes packed with a slide out keyboard. Not only that, according to PCWorld, one will run on Windows Mobile and one will run on Google’s Android. While it’s not clear which, no doubt there’ll be countless people who “wanted the touch version but not with (blank) OS.”

There’s no word on pricing, nor is there any word on which carrier will be touting Dell handsets. Still, it seems like there are just too many “us too” smartphones hitting the market, devices endeavoring to take on the iPhone or the BlackBerry.

So who’s in, a Dell smartphone? Can’t say I’m too pushed. This and the Acer announcement will be interesting but not popcorn-worthy. Stay tuned.

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    hellwig , January 30, 2009 5:52 PM
    Why are Acer and Dell making phones? They aren't hardware companies, they are hardware repackaging companies. The only things either company actually makes are the cases they put their computers in (and maybe keyboards and mice).

    What would make Dell or Acer think they know the first thing about phones? All they do is screw parts together and charge a nice premium for it. At least Apple writes the software it puts on its phones and computers.

    Competition is always good, but I'm always wary of unrelated company's getting into the mix (even when the iPhone was just a rumor). Anyone remember when Quaker Oats started making video games?
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    nekatreven , January 30, 2009 6:18 PM
    hellwigAnyone remember when Quaker Oats started making video games?


    No actually...but then I think that only goes to reinforce your point.
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    hellwig , January 30, 2009 6:23 PM
    To be honest, nekatreven, it was a little before my own time. When looking into old video consoles, and the video game crash of the early 80's I came across this little fact. A cereal company getting into the act was a big indication that the market was being oversturated.
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    grieve , January 30, 2009 7:05 PM
    Dell has some bucks to throw around im sure… I hope they do well, the more the merrier FOR US! Competition is a beautiful thing in the electronics world.
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    tenor77 , January 30, 2009 7:27 PM
    Some days I think I'm the only person on the face of the planet that doesn't get giddy at the though of broken web browsing lame games and typing OMG, lol and ROTFLMAO getting charged both ways taking 30 minutes to have a 1 minute conversation.

    I HATE cell phones. I hate that when I don't answer people know I'm avoiding them. Sometimes I don't feel like talking, or being available. I hate that I have to have one for work, and feel like I'm always on call. This has been my Friday, I'm ready to get the hell out of here, rant.

    Another company in the scene? pffft.
    And I'm like the most techie guy people know.
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    grieve , January 30, 2009 8:40 PM
    I am the opposite... I dont have a home phone anymore, just a Cell.
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    saturn77 , January 31, 2009 12:08 AM
    "What would make Dell or Acer think they know the first thing about phones? All they do is screw parts together and charge a nice premium for it. At least Apple writes the software it puts on its phones and computers."

    You could say the same thing about Apple a few years ago. Apple only knows how to make fancy cases and charge 5x more than everone else for them. Not sure if I see any difference.
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    Boom42 , January 31, 2009 2:13 AM
    saturn77You could say the same thing about Apple a few years ago. Apple only knows how to make fancy cases and charge 5x more than everone else for them. Not sure if I see any difference.


    Apple has always developed the OS their devices use, Dell does not.
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    Tindytim , January 31, 2009 7:01 AM
    I don't see why not.

    They'll offer a few customization options that are way much to overpriced, and they'll included a Windows OS bogged down with all their bull****.
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    Anonymous , February 1, 2009 11:04 PM
    Well the old Dell Axim was a great PDA. I'm still using my X51v. I'd love to have a version of it with phone features built in it.
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    cal8949 , February 1, 2009 11:16 PM
    im interested in dell getting into the smart phone market. i have heard people loving there pda's. and i used to have an old dell dj 5 gb and i loved it. i thought it was the best mp3 player in the world and i still miss it even tho i have my 80 gig ipod
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