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Michael Dell: We WILL Release a Phone

Yesterday reports emerged citing analysts that said Dell’s smartphone was way too boring to attract any carriers and that the company had gone back to the drawing board. Dell Chief, Michael Dell Today gave a speech in Japan and remained confident the company would produce a decent smartphone.

ComputerWorld today reports that Michael Dell strongly hinted that the company is developing a mobile phone at a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

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

While Dell didn’t elaborate or even comment on yesterday’s report about carriers poo-pooing prototypes from his company because they were too bland and didn’t offer anything you couldn’t do with another device, he did say that the company already had deals with carriers for 3G netbooks, adding that it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that the company is looking at developing smaller devices or phones in the future. 

"For the last three years we have integrated 3G radios into our notebooks," said Dell. "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."

Dell is already selling its Mini 9 as part of mobile carriers' broadband plans, so a smartphone could just be around the corner -- should the carriers find one to their liking.

  • hellwig
    What is Dell going to put into this phone? Besides getting custom mobo's that use incompatible PSU pin-outs (be careful buying an aftermarket PSU for your Dell desktop) Dell doesn't design or make any hardware. Meaning a Dell smartphone is just going to be a re-branded reference design.

    Heck, HTC is finally realeasing its phones under its own name in the U.S. How many people already owned HTC phones without knowing it? How many people will buy phones from a similar company that does all the hard work, but gets paid to glue a Dell sticker on the front?
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  • tenor77
    hellwig-you took the words out of my mouth.

    I'm all for competition, but I think there's enough players in the smartphone biz
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  • Grims
    tenor77hellwig-you took the words out of my mouth.I'm all for competition, but I think there's enough players in the smartphone biz

    Not the right players though. I want an open platform phone I can do what ever the heck I want with, with out big brother stepping in.
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  • E7130
    Well, HP has a phone, so why not.
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  • Niva
    GrimsNot the right players though. I want an open platform phone I can do what ever the heck I want with, with out big brother stepping in.
    Nokia got broadsided by the iPhone but it won't be long before they respond with a Symbian alternative touchscreen phone. In the meantime they do offer some excellent smartphones. I agree with your comment though, windows and osx phones are not thrilling to me, don't even know enough about Palm OS but I'm guessing it's proprietary too.
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  • koss64
    Headline sounds like a threat lol.
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